For a long time I was just browsing Ebay, looking for this and that in the various sections but at some point I realised that I was spending way too much time on Ebay looking at -crap- I would never buy anyway...

So I took a closer look on the extended search function and created my own "default" searches. That means that you can do an extended search with commands to include certain terms, exclude others, search for auctions in a limited time range or from certain sellers etc. and -save- them afterwards as a default search, making it accessible from your "My Ebay" menu. One of the best options Ebay offers.

Example 1:
I often look in the Car Audio / Amplifier section of Ebay, hoping for some high quality items... Unfortunately the sections is flooded with cheap shit, bad brands, selling bad sound 5000 gazillion watts amplifiers with have a 50/50% chance of going up in smoke if you try to squeeze 50watts out of a channel... I don't want these items to appear in my listings...

so:
Once I'm in the Amplifier section I enter the following command in the search box:
Code:
(ama, arc, audio system, audio art, audison, brax, dimension, devices, dls, esx, genesis, hertz, helix, nakamichi, phase, phoenix, protovision, rainbow, sinfoni, soundstream, steg)
this is a 'positive' listing, showing you all the auction titles where ONE of the different terms appear. you may realise that some of the 2 word terms are not seperated by a comma, that means that both words have to appear in the title, otherwise the auction won't be shown to you...

Remember: Once you entered this command for the first time in the appropriate section, you can save it as a default search which is accessible by one click from your "My Ebay" menu.


Example 2:
Looking for stuff for my Mazda 323....

Code:
mazda ("323","323F","323FBJ") -("323 C",87,88,89,90,91,92,93,94,95,96,96,97,1987,1988,1989,1990,1991,1992,1993,1994,1995,1996,1997,BA,BF,BF1,BG,BW,BD,MX3,MX-3,MX6,MX-6,626,121)
This is a negative search that shows every auction title with "Mazda" + [323 or 323F or 323FBJ] in it, excluding all the words/year numbers/wrong model names listed afterwards... That's still a pretty wide search, good if you want to generally browse Mazda stuff, listed for the 323....

Example3:
If you want it to be much more precise:
Code:
mazda (323F,323,323FBJ) ("BJ","BJD",98,99,00,01,02,1998,1999,2000,2001,2002) -("323C",87,88,89,90,91,92,93,94,95,96,96,97,1987,1988,1989,1990,1991,1992,1993,1994,1995,1996,1997,BA,BF,BF1,BG,BW,BD,MX3,MX-3,MX6,MX-6,626,121)
This is a mixture of a positive and a negative listing...
The auction title MUST contain "mazda", MUST also contain [323F or 323 or 323FBJ], MUST contain one of these terms ("BJ","BJD",98,99,00,01,02,1998,1999,2000,2001,200 2) but MUST NOT contain [-("323C",87,88,89,etc......] ... you'll see that this gives much less results...

This is just a little intro to the extended search function, it's explained in detail on the Ebay help page....