Fat Fingers- find misspelled eBay items

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eBay generates over a billion page views a DAY. Of the tens of millions of items for sale on eBay at any given time, how many misspelled item names prevent the auction from showing up in a search? The correct answer is thousands. A very enterprising individual has a web site called appropriately Fat Fingers that let’s you search for items that are misspelled. Enter in your item name, hit the GENERATE button, and Fat Fingers generates a link that you click based on dozens of permutations of your search term. Click the link and instantly eBay gives you all active auctions for those items that are misspelled by the seller. You should be able to pick up some real bargains with no one else bidding against you. Innovative and jkOTR salutes you. Thanks to The Red Ferret Journal for this jewel.

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Phil Newcombe

Just adding to the list of misspelled eBay search tools is my favourite at http://www.apnretail.co.uk as it covers a very long list of international eBay sites, has an AJAX enabled tool to fetch details of listings that you are interested in, and the ability to email details of a listing that has caught your eye, good for letting people know what you really want for your birthday!
Phil

Phil

There’s another site that does similar things called http://www.Missing-Auctions.com. It allows you to search eBay silently using RSS feeds (http://www.missing-auctions.com/rssfeed.php) so that newly listed misspelled items are brought to your attention within hours of being listed – something that eBay’s RSS feeds can’t do.

It also does the usual misspelling thing like many of the other sites mentioned above but also offers a tag cloud (http://www.missing-auctions.com/tagcloud.php) so that you can see what the most popular searches are – useful if you’re looking to buy stuff cheap to sell on again.

There are also browser plugins (http://www.missing-auctions.com/downloads.php) and even a tutorial (http://www.missing-auctions.com/tutorial.php) to get you started.

Enjoy !

John

Well I guess as you get older (hahahahaha) its only family that remembers special occasions. And yes to Vicki and my amazing boyfriend, you are my family! Especially at this time family is the most important

John

Well I guess as you get older (hahahahaha) its only family that remembers special occasions. And yes to Vicki and my amazing boyfriend, you are my family! Especially at this time family is the most important

AuctionPixie

Personally I think the AuctionPixie web site is good, the search engine there is very precise and always find exactly what you are after.

The web site can be found here: http://www.auctionpixie.co.uk/search/

As a bonus for sellers, they have other free tools over there too – like a free scrolling (flash) showcase gallery!

jk

Great to hear it bk! How much commission do I get? BTW, this article about Fat Fingers is the most googled article on this site after the U70 review.

bkbroil

Hey — I thought I would let you know….You know that I sold my e805 on eBay…well I only got a little over $400 for it….Ever since I’ve sold it…I’ve been using Fat Fingers exclusively to find merchandise that I purchased pretty cheap and resell it to make a little profit…..I just got my VGA device kitty up to $710 today!!!! So I purchased a hx4705 for $694!!!! THANKS for this great URL…If it weren’t for this…I wouldn’t be getting my next VGA device!!!

bkbroil

Pretty Cool! I’ve already found a bunch of stuff that noone bid on and I may be able to pick it up cheap! Thanks for the tip!

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