Just noticed a post by member ddaann
in another thread, and upon deciding to look further into the matter, clicked the link, and discovered something jolly nice and rather handy. So I hereby share it with others, in the event that you folks might also benefit from it. (Seems like this website has not been discussed before, upon doing a search. I am in no way affiliated with it, but am merely referring you to this tool, therefore, as a friend to friends and a collector to fellow collectors
We all know speeling (oops, sorry!)
mistakes and typos are easy to make. Hence the "Preview" button on these here forums, or that spelling checker on your computer (well, sometimes it helps and other times it doesn't) However, does it not annoy you when an Ebay seller does the same in his or her product listings, titles and descriptions?
For example, type in "Third Reich" in Ebay's search bar and hit enter; plenty of items! Now do the same with "Third Riech" and you see a number of things which probably never appeared in your first results, but which are still related to the "Third Reich" topic.
Often, therefore, there are many lots that go unnoticed by bidders, not only because they get placed in the wrong category (how about a Swiss collection under "Furniture" instead of "Stamps" - and yes, that has happened), but also because of such typos and mistakes like the example above. Hence the reason why I will try out different search terms, as in the example given above.
And just now, for the first time I stumbled across the following website: http://www.fatfingers.co.uk/
Type in a search term and apparently it will list different possibilities. The difference, you may ask? Simply a faster, easier way than trying to think up several other spelling possibilities yourself.
I must admit though, no popup window appeared on my browser, as the webpage said it would. So I clicked their alternative link and voila!
Then again, EVEN BETTER, if you want to skip all of the above (should I have mentioned this part first
), head straight to Ebay and type ~ (ding ling bing)
~ into the search bar.
Where "ding, ling, bing
replace with your desired search terms, and hit Enter. Ebay will search for all the above terms within those brackets. (Make sure you include the brackets, and the commas between each word/search term)
See the screenshot, and hopefully you'll understand what I mean. I hope this little ramble makes sense, and that this little tip will help you in your Ebay browsing
You can narrow down the search results by changing the category to "Stamps", as you normally would, unless you'd rather make sure no philatelic bargain is lurking in the "Furniture" category
Of course, not every "mistaked-listing" will be an Ebay bargain, this method just lets you make sure that you've covered all your ground. Those Ebay Bunnies can be found all over the place
Searching Google for something like "ebay misspellings" seems to bring up other sites similar to FatFingers.