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Search by Keyword

Learning to choose effective keywords is the ticket to successful searching. Keywords describe the item you're looking for. Typing keywords into a search box is usually the first step toward finding items on eBay.

A search for Teddy Bear

What types of keywords might be appropriate for the item you're seeking?

  • What the item is
  • Brand name/artist/label
  • Material
  • Colour
  • Year made
  • Size

Here are some basic tips for choosing and using search keywords:

Combine keywords to be more specific. Example: "Orange cashmere sweater" will give you a more manageable list of results than just "sweater".
Experiment! How might a seller describe what you're looking for? Example: You're trying "vase", but maybe the seller called it an "urn".
Try common misspellings of your keywords. Example: If you're looking for Wedgwood china, also always try the keyword "Wedgewood". (And if you're not sure about your spelling, be sure to look the word up and search with the correct version!)

Learn search commands that you can combine with your keywords to make your searches even more accurate.

Get more search tips to really master the art of searching for items.

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