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eBay loophole: how you can make use of spelling mistakes
Many people who try to sell products on eBay make mistakes spelling the names of their
items. A great chance for smart people looking for a cheap purchase.
Bargain hunters use eBay to find good deals on absolutely anything. People often sell new,
or almost-new items for very low prices.
What most people don't know is that there is a loophole that could save you even more
money - based on the fact that you could find items other online shoppers have overlooked. The reason? Typos, or spelling mistakes, made by the seller.
“Other people 's typos save you money“ states FatFingers.com, a website created to find thousands of misspelled product names on eBay. Created ten years ago, Mike Sheard set up FatFingers after having discovered someone on eBay selling a very high number of bikes.
“I noticed a seller that was selling lots of bikes. He said he found them in his garage but he was selling far too many for that to be true,“ Mr Sheard said. "A little bit of research and I discovered he was finding misspelled product names such as 'montain bike' and 'mountin bike'.
“Because no other buyers were finding these sales, thanks to the typo, he was able to buy them cheaply, because no one else was competing. He would then sell the cheaply bought product with the correct spelling, making a good profit.“ Following that discovery, Mr Sheard went on to build a program that could find thousands of items listed on eBay with spelling mistakes. The website and app (available for Android and iPhone) gives users the chance to search for any item, and finds its incorrectly-spelled product names.
As a result, shoppers ca11 find the product names that most people won't. For instance, a silver necklace was misspelled
as “Jewelery“ and was on offer for $\$$ 0.01 with free shipping to the UK. It had no bids with just one day until the end of the auction.
Other commonly misspelled words that eBay shoppers could profit from are brand names like 'Addidas', 'Samsun', and 'Kindel'.