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Searching for items by keyword

To find an item you want to buy, you start by entering words that describe your item into a search box. You can also set preferences to find the right item quickly and organise your search information.

If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, try browsing instead.

Start your search

To start a search:
  1. Find the search box at the top of most eBay pages.

  2. Enter two or three words that describe the item and click the Search button.

    For example, to search for a DVD player, type DVD player and click Search. If you don't find what you're looking for, try other words or look at other ways to narrow your search.


  • As you start typing in any of the eBay search boxes, we offer you a drop-down list of suggested keywords based on popular searches by eBay members. This is different than when your browser makes suggestions based on your past searches. To hide the suggestions, click "Hide eBay suggestions" (next to the yellow icon) in the suggestions drop-down list. To show eBay suggestions again, click the yellow icon in the search box

  • If you want to start a new search, use the search box at the top of the page, not the one located above your search results. That way, the search system will look through all the items on eBay instead of searching within your current search results.

Find the right item quickly

To find the right item quickly, you can:

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