Today’s Listia Tip is about how to find the best stuff on Listia, faster!
You probably already know how to do a search on the site, but did you know that you can also use the Categories to “filter” the search results so that you find what you’re looking for, faster? Let’s say you’re looking for clothes for your baby, so you did a search using the words “baby clothes” and the site found 235 auctions containing those two words. But you’re specifically looking for clothes only and not things like luggage that can hold baby clothes or dolls/toys with clothes on them. You can click on the Baby category (see screen shot below, left side) and the search results number goes down because it’s now showing you only the auctions that are listed in that specific category. If you want, you can refine it further by clicking on the subcategory called Clothes, and now you’ll only see the auctions that were listed in that specific subcategory. This is called “filtering” down your search results, and it’ll help you find, bid, and win the stuff that you’re most interested in, faster.
And do you want the item right now, without waiting for the auction to end? You can just see the auctions with a GIN (Get It Now) option, by putting a check mark in that box (also on the left side of the screen). Same thing with Free Shipping…only see the auctions where the seller will ship it for free!
There are lots of other things you can do with the Search feature to make it easy to find the best stuff for free, including having your search results emailed to you regularly. That way, you don’t have to keep searching manually. Sorting the auctions so that you can see which ends first is also possible. And setting the “Results per page” setting to something higher than the default is also a nice way to see things just the way you want. See the red boxes in the screen shot below for details.
How do you use the Search feature? Have any other search tips to share?