Taking advantage of misspelled titles and descriptions is probably the most well known and popular type of arbitrage on eBay. These opportunities exist simply because people don't realize how important their auction title is to the success of their listing.
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eBay Arbitrage

What is arbitrage? Put simply, arbitrage is the purchase of an item on one market for immediate sale on another market in order to profit from a discrepancy in the price between those markets.

Arbitrage is a term more commonly used in the worlds financial and securities markets where, for example, traders search out and take advantage of differences in currency prices between different county's currency markets.

“ Taking advantage of misspelled titles and descriptions is the most popular type of arbitrage on eBay. ”

In any situation where a difference in price of a product, service or item exists an arbitrage opportunity presents itself because it allows you to buy at the lower price and sell for the higher price making a profit in-between.

eBay arbitrage

So what does arbitrage have to do with eBay and how can you apply the concept to make a profit?

Every day, sellers list items on eBay in inappropriate categories or with poorly worded, incorrect or misspelled titles and descriptions. Due to the way that most people search for items on eBay (by entering keywords in the search box) these poorly listed auctions are hidden from the vast majority of buyers.

Given the sheer volume of auctions being listed and running at any one time, these poorly listed auctions are a constant source of potential arbitrage opportunities.

Lets take a look at the different types of arbitrage opportunities on eBay...

Misspelled titles and descriptions

Taking advantage of misspelled titles and descriptions is probably the most well known and popular type of arbitrage on eBay. These opportunities exist simply because people don't realize how important their auction title is to the success of their listing.

As we mentioned earlier, most people search for an item by entering keywords in the search box on eBay's main page. What most sellers don't realize is that eBay by default only searches the auction title and not the auction description as well.

In order to search the auction description as well as the title the user has to use the "advanced search" option and check "search title and description". Very few people know of this "feature" and even fewer take the time to use it.

To give you an example, searching just titles for the keyword "Playstation 2" today returns 10576 items but searching for "playstation 2" in titles and descriptions returns 59879 items.

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