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Finding items

With millions of items offered for sale every day on eBay, you need to know how to find what you want. Learn how to get started.

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Use the Refine search section on the left side of the search results page to narrow the list based on the item’s price, brand, or other options. If you still get too many results, try using the "Advanced search" link at the top of most pages.
To get more results, you can search within sellers’ descriptions as well as in item titles. Select the “Include title and description” check box, located below the search box, and click Search again. If this doesn’t work, try using different search words. Experiment using two or three different words at a time so you get a variety of results.
You can expand your search to search within sellers’ descriptions as well as in item titles. Select the “Include title and description” check box, located below the search box, and click Search again.

Help topics

Basics

Finding items on eBay
If you’re looking for a specific item, searching can help you find it fast.


Refining your search
Learn how to get more precise search results or expand your search to get more matches.


Browsing for items
If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, or you just want to window-shop, browse through the listings.

Tips for better searching

Learn how to get more precise search results or expand your search to get more matches specific to your item.

Changing the way your search results look

Change how your search results are sorted and displayed.

Tutorial

How to find what you want

These tips and techniques will help you find what you want on eBay.

10 minutes

Beyond the basics

Viewing your recently viewed items

See your most recent searches

Using advanced search
Search for listings based on criteria you choose, including the seller, price range, buying format, location of item, and more.


Using search operators
Learn what the experts know about combining keywords and operators to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Specialized searches

Searching using the eBay Toolbar
The eBay Toolbar Featuring Yahoo! lets you search for anything you want, on eBay or the web.


Searching eBay Shops
Looking for an item in eBay Shops, or a particular store? Check out these tips.


Searching for eBay members
Learn how to find another member.

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