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2. Searching > 11. Control Fuzzy Searches

Control Fuzzy Searches

Choose when and how plurals and variations of your search terms are used in searches.

For the most part, eBay searches return only listings that match your search terms exactly. That is, if you search for possum, you won’t necessarily retrieve the same results that you would in a search for opossum.

Historically, to perform a fuzzy search, you’d have to include all the variations of a word in the search box manually, like this:

    (opossum,possum,apossoun)

To accommodate singular and plural variants of a word, you’d have to type something like this:

    (antenna,antennas,antennae)

The OR search commanded by the use of parentheses [Hack #10] takes care of this nicely. But it’s not always necessary.


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