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In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube, Mint.com, Etsy, and more. Check back every Monday for tips on topics from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.
I'm Jess Stratton, and welcome to Monday Productivity Pointers. The online auction site eBay is a great resource for finding deals. The only problem is, your competing with your entire country, and sometimes the whole world, for the same product. So, sometimes it's really frustrating. But there is good news. Someone else's slip up can turn into a bargain for you. With thousands of new auction listings every day, Every so often, a typo slips in. Because the listing has a misspelling in the title, it won't show up in a regular search.
Say, if I search on the word handbag. Today I'm going to show you a site that does all that work for you. It's called fatfingers.com, which is a euphemism for hitting the wrong keys on the keyboard. Fatfingers.com lets you put in what you're really searching for, and it will instead search eBay for some common misspellings of that word. And many times, it'll bring up great items ending soon, with no bids. Because nobody's seen the listing. It's invisible because it was listed incorrectly. And until now, or, if there's other people that use FatFingers, it's never come up in search results.
So let's see fatfingers.com in action. I'm here. And right on the homepage, when you go to fatfingers.com, you're brought to this screen, and right in the middle of the screen is the search box. So what you're going to do is put in what you're really searching for spelled correctly. So I'm going to put in handbag. I can also click show options which would give me some other options like only searching just buy it now auctions. When I'm ready I'll click the purple find button. And depending on whether or not I have a pop up blocker it'll either open eBay in a new window or I can click on this highlighted text to launch ebay.com.
When I click on that link it's going to bring up eBay and you'll notice that it's already populated in the search box. So heres what FatFingers determined with some good misspellings of the word handbag. And now I can see all my search results. If I scroll down, I can see the title listing, and you can also see the misspelling, so you can see what FatFingers has found. So go through, see if you can find a good deal, and you'll notice that a lot of these auctions are ending very soon, and they don't have many bids on them.
Some of them zero bids, some of them have one bid. It's not much. This is a great way to start using eBay. It also works great for brand names. I'm going to close out of this. Come back to FatFingers. And now I'll type in an actual brand name. I'll put in Adidas. Click the purple find button. And again, because I have a popup blocker, I'll click the highlighted text to bring up the window. Here's all the misspellings. And so here's where I can see all my misspellings of the word Adidas.
Here's one that's only got an hour left. It's really cheap, there's no bids on it. So you can scroll down and see some great things that you can get. Now, knowing this tip with FatFingers, this is a great way to start using eBay even without the FatFingers site. For example, there is absolutely nothing stopping you from going right up to the search window, directly in Ebay and putting your misspelling. For example, hangbag instead of handbag because that was a common mispelling that I saw came up quite often in those search results.
So now I can do my own browsing with or without FatFingers. So, regardless of whether you're going to use that site or not, searching eBay for misspellings is a fantastic way to get some great deals because nobody's searching on these listings. They're essentially invisible. In addition to misspellings think about other ways that people may have the wrong word. For example there's a product called the Xbox Kinect. However. Some people type, connect. Because that's what they think it is.
So, you can find sometimes some really good deals. On words that aren't spelled the way people think they're spelled. So this is just a new way to use an old site. So, may you find some good deals, and happy eBaying.
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