You can use ebay's advance search features using search operators when you use StuffAlert to search and create eBay alerts.
As with ebay you can search for items simply by entering keywords in the search box. They are not case sensitive, so it does not matter if you use capital or lower case letters.
You can refine your search and obtain more accurate results by combining search operators with your keywords.
The use of operators is also referred to as Boolean logic and a list of operators is given below.
|Operator||Effect on Search||Example|
|When used the search is |
only for the word or phrase in the item listings title.
"Apple iPad2" will return item listings that
"Apple" iPad2 will return item listings that
NOTE : This advanced search feature is being withdrawn by ebay from 5th November 2012
This acts as a wild card operator.
Note: The * can not be used at the beginning of a search query, it must have at least 2 other characters before it.
|Book* will return item listings that start with book in the title, for example books, bookmark, bookshelf.|
|Parentheses around keywords separated by commas||Together these act as an OR operator||(vintage,Rolex) will return listings that contain the word vintage OR Rolex in the item listing title.|
|Minus sign -|
This acts as a NOT operator
Note: To use correctly you need a space before the minus sign and no space after it.
Tennis Racket - Wilson will return listings
Tennis Racket -(Wilson,Slazenger) or Tennis
The above are useful features and allow for a more focused search for a specific item. They need to be used carefully with your targeted keywords to help ensure you find exactly what you are looking for but don't miss any bargains!