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Find a Bargain Courtesy of Dumb People

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October 18, 2005

Find a Bargain Courtesy of Dumb People

Rob Hof

eBay's Adam Trachtenberg alerts us to, a new search site for eBay auctions listed by the spelling-challenged (or at least the careless). So, try a search on "leappad," the educational toy, and you get listings misspelled "leapad." In case you're not an eBay aficionado, this matters because such misspelled listings understandably get far fewer bids than those spelled correctly--so you can often get good deals thanks to less competition. Three cheers for our great edgikayshinul system.

UPDATE: In Comments, Adam notes that folks at eBay call this "literacy arbitrage."

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Rob, how long was this function in place?

This idea is simply brilliant. If enough people become hip to the possibilities of winning auctions on eBay for a whole lot less by bidding on misspelled auctions - imagine this becoming a worldwide trend - I could imagine eBay cleaning up the spelling on all auction ads.

Posted by: Donny H. at October 18, 2005 08:31 PM

I didn't mention this in my post, but we call this "literacy arbitrage".

Posted by: Adam Trachtenberg at October 19, 2005 08:31 PM

Here is another site to search for misspellings for auctions. It works fast and simple. To find the deals misspellings are the way to go .

Posted by: jay bo at October 30, 2005 06:23 PM

Here is a HUGE list of misspelled search sites:

Posted by: Mary Carns at November 30, 2005 06:01 AM has been around for over 3 years and has always had a misspell search engine. It's worth checking them out a good majority of the other sites have copied them.

Posted by: Jim Henderson at December 13, 2005 04:10 PM

Another site for search misspelled auctions is now on the web @ This one is different because it has already pick over 150 Brand Names & Product types for you to choose from. I could never think up that many different things to type in those search engines.

Posted by: Stuart Dukeman at December 17, 2005 10:45 PM

Of course if you like your searches to work silently for you via RSS, is worth a look as it allows you to create that'll notify you as soon as a new mis-spelled items matching your search appears.

It's also got a tag cloud which shows you what people have been looking for - useful if you're looking to determine the popularity of a product to sell.

Posted by: Phil Lee at September 20, 2006 12:10 PM

There's also one at that picks up ebay misspellings...

I also dig the Gumshoo site for its advanced search features, but it didn't bring back as many results for me.

Posted by: Jockey at October 27, 2006 04:12 PM

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