Find Misspelled eBay Auction

Martin Brinkmann
May 30, 2008
Updated • Dec 10, 2012
Internet, Search

One way to save big at eBay is to find auctions that come with misspelled titles and descriptions. Someone selling a Playtation 3 will probably most likely earn less than someone who is selling a Playstation 3. A bonus would be if the user failed to place the auction in the correct category which is normally a 100% guarantee that the item will sell for less than it is worth.

Auction Bloopers is a website that is offering a search for misspelled auctions at various eBay marketplaces including, and The basic search requires just a search term that is entered correctly in the search box. The script will then compute misspellings of that search term and send the user to the eBay plattform that is displaying the search results for the misspellings.

Entering Playstation for instance searches for roughly 40 misspelled terms including laystation, paystation and plystation. That search alone found 302 auctions at using on of the misspelled terms. A word filter can be used to exclude search terms from the results. Only the title of an auction is searched by default but it is not problematic to extend the search and include the description. This can be done on the eBay website directly.

The Auction Blooper's website is displaying the most recent and most popular searches on their website as well in case you cannot think of anything that you might want to find.

Update: The website is no longer available, and we have removed the link from the article as a consequence. An alternative is the Typo Buddy service which you can use instead. All you need to do is enter a search phrase into the form on the Typo Buddy website, and weit for the program to find typos on eBay. A click on the results opens the eBay search page that lists all typos on the page.


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