Ebay Classic & Wildcard search now available via WatchCount
When researching items you intend to sell on eBay, seeing currently listed, similar items is very important. These items will be your competition, so it's to your advantage to know what you are selling against. One great way to do that is to use the regular search on eBay. That usually works well, but can also exclude some results or can require extra time to search as this example will demonstrate.
We tried to research Beatles items from the 1950's not 1960's just to see what would come up. There should not be too many results, but didn't want to search individual years (1956 then 1957 etc.). We attempted this search: Beatles 195* with the wildcard asterisk directly on eBay, it yielded a result of seven items. Then we entered Beatles 195* using the special classic/wildcard search on WatchCount and were delighted to see over ten times the results! 79 listings surfaced and were a much better representation of the search. This was particularly helpful being able to use the wildcard search for a span of years.
When using wildcards on eBay normally, the search engine gives you a "wildcard unsupported" error, ignores/drops the wildcard, or tries to be smart about what you've typed in the search box. For the Beatles 195* example, looking through the standard eBay results of seven items, they all have nothing to do with the 1950's, and just have "195" in the titles -- yuck! With the eBay search example via the WatchCount new tool, you should get exactly what you searched for without eBay massaging the search results.
For people who want to search eBay with exact keywords and such, and don't want eBay to "try to be smart" and show you stuff, we feel the WatchCount Classic/Wildcard search will be a great resource. Those who used the wildcard in their eBay searching over the years who now miss it, this tool is for them.
Give it a try and you may be pleasantly surprised with the additional or different results you get while doing research (or just shopping)! WatchCount.com Oh--did we mention?----This is a completely free tool!
Sample Wildcard Search on eBay
Sample Wildcard eBay Search using WatchCount
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Pictures Fly Through the Air with the Greatest of Ease
Back in the early days of selling on eBay, most listings did not have pictures. Today all listings are required to have pictures. As digital cameras became popular with photographers of all levels, placing photos into eBay listings was relatively easy to accomplish. Of course having the pictures on your computer was paramount to uploading them onto eBay. For years the most common way to transfer your pictures was either attaching a cord from your camera to your computer or removing the memory card and inserting it into the computer. Not all that hard to do, but additional steps and time. That has all become unnecessary with the use of EYE-FI.
EYE-FI is a memory card for your camera that automatically uploads photos using WiFi. There are a few versions, but they all result in the same helpful ending: getting the pictures into your computer. This is done without having to stop and do anything else to the card, camera or computer. After the initial set-up, this techno-tool performs quickly and silently. Imagine being in your photo studio. You have ten things to photograph. You take a dozen pictures of each. When you finish shooting, you go over to your computer and open up your EYE-FI file and 'POOF' like magic, the pictures you just shot have flown through the air and landed right where you have the ability to crop, rotate, correct or any prep work you like to do to photos. No need to stop and upload. It's that simple.
Jason took the plunge first and raved about Eye-Fi. Bryan was a little skeptical, but finally decided to give it a whirl. The first few weeks were not impressive for Bryan. He had trouble with only a few of of the pictures transferring over to the computer. He jumped on one leg, lifted the camera in the air for better wi-fi reception and had limited results. Finally he decided to contact support. Before calling Bryan noticed that he had never changed the setting on the camera (as recommended) to have power stay on for a while after finished shooting pictures. Once the change was made to make sure the camera stayed powered up, the EYE-FI worked splendidly.
Check out which version will be best suited for you and give it a try. If you have one person taking pictures, you can actually be editing the pictures and listing while the photographer snaps away.
Video from Eye-Fi
Scan Smalls, List Large
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