This post comes with an up front disclaimer: I make a little bit of money from Ebay promoting their auctions. Whenever someone clicks on one of my links, bids and wins, or uses Buy it Now, a small percentage goes directly into my ‘Shop Fund’. If you want to know more just drop me a line.
I’m suprised by how many folks are not aware of this feature.
Here we go:
This little known tool is my favorite, by far. It’s called the RSS feeds. It doesn’t look like much but
it’s only after you add it to a ‘reader’ like Google Reader that its true power becomes apparent.
The links on my website are a much more complicated version of RSS feeds.
Here is how you do it:
1. Go to Ebay and click on advanced search.
2. Enter your keywords and any filters and click ‘Search’.
3. At the bottom in an area marked ‘Tools’ you’ll see a little orange icon that says, ‘RSS’.
4. ‘Right Click’ the icon and click ‘Copy Shortcut’.
5. Now, go to www.google.com/reader (You may need to create a Gmail account)
6. Once in Google Reader, click ‘Add Subscription’ and paste the shortcut into the field provided.
7. Click ‘Add’ and you’re done.
8. Now all you have to do is go to your reader and see only the new listings for a particular search.
That’s it. You’re done.
What can you do now?
You can click the star and view only the ‘starred’ listings, sort, mark as read, etc. I like the fact
that I can see the all of the ‘new listings’ as if they were new emails. I also like the fact that
they load faster than anything on any Ebay page and I can organize them into any category that I choose.
There are alternative methods of using feeds. I will gladly explain them if anyone is interested.