Tags: Ideas & Inspiration, On The Cheap, The Internet
I’ve been using eBay for a few years now, and it’s really great for finding things like yarn, antiques, patterns, etc. Lately I’ve been looking for a Playstation 2 (I’m addicted to [[Dance Dance Revolution]] and I can’t just go over to my friend’s house every day and steal her TV for an hour), and sometimes it doesn’t feel like it’s worth it to watch all these auctions because they all top out at $110, and at that price I might as well buy it new. But I’ve found a trick, and I want to share it.
Misspelled Auctions and Fat Fingers are both websites that search for common misspellings of words on eBay. For example, using these sites I’ve discovered that lots of people apparently think it’s spelled “Playstaion.” Because less people are going to find those auctions (because unlike Google, eBay only finds the exact word you’re searching for) those auctions are less popular and tend to go for a lower price. And I get a “Playstaion 2″ for $80! Now, whenever I want to buy something I search on eBay and then back that up with a misspelling search. I’ve also got misspellings for “Herc’s Adventures” running as a favourite search, so whenever a correct or misspelling is posted, I’m notified immediately via email.
Here’s another tip I found while searching for eBay hacks: Lastminute Auction is a search engine for cheap, last minute deals. It confines your search to auctions ending within the hour, and under a buck. I’ve seen some really neat knitting patterns show up on this site.