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Find Items by Shadowing

Become an auction stalker and leech off someone else’s searching skills.

Often the best deals on eBay are the auctions that most bidders don’t find, usually as a result of sellers not knowing what they’re selling or not taking the time to promote them properly. The better you become at searching, the more likely you are to find the auctions that are off most bidders’ radars. Sometimes, it takes nothing more than dumb luck to stumble upon a great find; occasionally, it helps to rely on other users’ dumb luck (or skill) as well.

As much as eBay is a single community of millions of users, it can also sometimes feel like a bunch of microcommunities, each centered around certain genres and auction categories. As you use eBay and become more familiar with the categories in which you’re interested, you’ll start to recognize individual buyers who, like you, frequently return to eBay in search of more antique pottery, model trains, Ford Model A restoration parts, first edition Hemingways, or whatever else you might collect.


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