eBay Wildcard Searches No Longer Supported
ebay announced that as of November 5, 2012 the wildcard functionality will no longer be supported.
This functionality allowed users to include an asterisk with their keyword search that would include all spelling variations for an item.
For example, a keyword search of “ip*” might include listings with “ipod, ipods, ipad, ipads, ipadd,” etc. in title in search results.
eBay is no longer supporting wildcard searches because recent changes to how search works already takes into account many spelling variations, and it enables to more efficiently deliver search results faster.
Since AutomatedSearches.com uses the eBay system, we will have the same limitation.
This will be an inconvenience for us users that have been relying on using wildcard searches for years.
You can still use the other format of expanding searches using parenthesis and commas…
(ipod, ipods, ipad, ipads, ipadd)
This translates to ipod OR ipods OR ipad OR ipads OR ipadd
You must use the parenthesis for this to work correctly. Commas alone in a search don’t do anything.
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