ebay saved searches

How To Use eBay Saved Searches to Monitor Listings and Find Specific Items

Are you on the lookout for a particular typewriter model? Perhaps you’re a collector who is looking for a rare find?

You might expect to spend hours trying to cover all of your bases to make sure your grail machine doesn’t slip through your fingers. Making rounds to all of the local and not-so-local thrift and consignment shops is a job by itself.

You can set and forget at least one avenue of your search.

eBay Saved Searches will save you tons of time and they are super simple to set up. That’s right, I said “they”.

You can set up as many as you would like.

Setting Up eBay Saved Searches

You need two things:

  1. An eBay account
  2. A product you want to search

Sound reasonable enough?

Let’s get started.

Log into your eBay account.

Type your product into the search box.

eBay saved searches

Give the page a scroll. Do the results align with what you’re looking for in general?

If not, can the filters to the left narrow things down a bit? You can apply as many filters as you would like. Yes, even free shipping!

Play with it a little until you have the best results possible.

If you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, this is where eBay can monitor their listings for you and deliver these best results as specified by your directly to your inbox.

If you think about it, that’s a pretty great service that can save you a lot of time sifting through hundreds and thousands of listings.

Once you’ve applied any filters that you want, click the Save this search link at the top of the results.

save this search

That’s it.

It’s like the easiest thing ever.

You’ll see this message, and this is where you need to make a decision:

ebay saved searches

You can monitor your Saved Searches right here on eBay, and I’ll show you how in just a moment.

Right now, you need to decide if you want to receive email alerts when a new item meeting your criteria gets listed. Depending upon the popularity of your product, this can mean A LOT of email, or hardly any at all.

Managing Your eBay Saved Searches

You may not want to receive emails at all, and that’s okay! You can monitor your Saved Searches manually by going to My eBay and selecting Saved Searches from the drop-down menu.

ebay saved searches

From the Saved Searches screen, you can not only monitor your Saved Searches, but you can also manage them. Under each search, you have the option to Delete it or Subscribe or Unsubscribe to emails for a particular search. To the right, you also have the option to view the listings of available items meeting your search criteria or edit your search to bring you more refined results.

ebay saved searches

That’s it, you now have an automated system to monitor eBay for ANY product you’re looking for so you don’t miss out when your dream typewriter (or other gadget) goes up for sale.

Bonus – Monitor the Whole Web in a Similar Manner Using Google Alerts

Maybe you’re thinking, “This is all well and good, but that’s just eBay.”

What if I told you that you could monitor the entire web for any keyword you want and get email notifications just like you do with eBay Saved Searches?

Well, that’s what I’m about to tell you…

You can monitor the whole worldwide web for your product by using Google Alerts. Sound expensive?

It’s FREE.

Rather than reinvent the wheel with a tutorial on that, I’m going to send you over to my friends at ahrefs because they’ve done a great job helping you get Google Alerts set up here – https://ahrefs.com/blog/how-to-set-up-google-alerts/

That’s a Wrap!

That’s all I have for you for now on this topic. If anything changes or something better becomes available, I’ll let you know! Now go, set up those eBay Saved Searches!