You can use advanced search to narrow your search to specific sellers, locations, price ranges, and more. You can also use it to find completed items, eBay Stores, or other members. Once you've got a search you like, you can save it to use again.
Click the Advanced link at the top of the eBay home page.
Tip: If you've already started searching and just want to narrow your search, click the Advanced link located above your current search.
On the left side of the page, in the Items section, choose one of these options.
Items for sale, based on criteria like price or item location
Items for sale by a particular seller, if you know the seller’s user ID
Items an eBay member has bid on, if you know the bidder’s user ID
A specific listing, if you know the item number
By item number
After you've clicked the Advanced link at the top of the eBay home page:
After you've clicked the Advanced link, located next to the search box at the top of most eBay pages:
All words, any order
Searches for item titles that contain all the words you entered (or variations of them), no matter what order they appear. For example, searching for "Sony DVD player" would find items that had any of these titles: "DVD players Sony", "Sony DVD players", "Sony player for DVDs." Note: To find more matches, we automatically expand your search
to include words with the same meaning as the ones you entered.
Any words, any order
Searches for item titles that contain any of the words you entered that appear in any order. For example, searching for "Sony DVD player" would find items that had any of these titles: "DVD player", "Sony player", "Sony DVD", "DVD", "Sony", "player", and many others.
Exact words, exact order
Searches for item titles that contain the exact words you entered, in the exact order you entered them. For example, searching for "Sony DVD player" would only find items had the words "Sony DVD player" in the title, in that order. For example, "Sony DVD player in box" or "Sony DVD player used" would be matches, but "Sony player DVD" would not.
Exact words, any order
Searches the item titles for the exact words you entered, in any order. For example, searching for "Sony DVD player" would find titles that contained the exact words "Sony", "DVD" and "player" but in any order. For example, "New Sony in box DVD
player" or "DVD
player, new Sony" would be matches, but "Sony DVD players" or "Sony DVDs player" would not.
You can search for items by entering keywords in the search box at the top of most eBay pages. Our searches aren't case-sensitive, so it doesn’t matter whether you use capital or lowercase letters.
To refine your search and get more precise results, you can combine search operators with your search words. This is also known as Boolean logic.
What it Does
Quotation marks (also known as double-quotes)
Searches for only the word or phrase in the listing title
"Action" DVD returns items that have the exact words Action and DVD in the title in any order.
“Action DVD" returns items that have these two words in the title in this specific order.
Acts as a wild card operator
Note: An * cannot be used at the beginning of a query (it must be preceded by at least two other characters)
book* returns items that have words starting with book in the title, such as books, bookshelf, and bookmark.
Parentheses around items separated by commas
Act together as an OR operator
Note: You should use parentheses around items separated by commas together for best results
(purse,handbag) returns items that contain either the word purse OR handbag in the title.
Minus sign (-)
Acts as a NOT operator
Note: You need a space before the minus sign and no space after
Red -shoes returns items that have red in the title and do NOT have shoes in the title.
bowl -(black,green) or bowl -black -green returns items whose titles contain the word bowl but not the words black, and green.
In some cases, we'll automatically expand your search based on your intent, in addition to matching the exact words you typed. We may also expand your search to include the plural or alternate spelling of your search words. To see which keywords are associated with specific categories, see our keyword search category expansions.
Note: Using any search operator will turn off automatic search expansions.
What it does
Keyword to keyword
Modifies your keyword query to search for either your original keyword, or a synonymous keyword from our dictionary.
Searches for red shoes will return items that have the words red and either shoe or shoes in the title.
Keyword to category
Modifies your query to search for items that have a specific keyword in the title or live in a specific related category.
Searches for Harry Potter DVD will return items that have Harry Potter in the title and have either DVD in the title, or live in the DVDs category.
Keyword to item specifics
Modifies your query to search for items that have the keywords from the original query in the title, or have particular item specifics used in the item description.
A search for Nike Golf will return items that have golf in the title and either have Nike in the title, or have Brand=Nike specified in the item specifics section of the description.
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