Tuesday, September 18, 2007

“I don't mind that I'm fat. You still get the same money.”Marlon Brando

So you are on eBay looking for the bargain of the century but item you are looking for is overpriced because of the popularity. You could try Fat Fingers. This is a site that uses spelling mistakes to our advantage. The idea is if you are the only one to discover an auction then the competition will be nonexistent and you will get it for a cheaper price. All you do is type a search in and it will do a search for every possible misspelling of the word or words in your search. When I started selling on eBay in 1997 I learned this valuable lesson. I was selling a Transformer’s sticker album. Now proper punctuation forces me to put an apostrophe but that means that only those who type in the exact wording would have found my auction. At that time it was early days and I did not realize my mistake until the end of the auction which meant a $30 dollar item went for $5.00. If you are going to be doing some shopping on eBay give this a try.

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