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February 19, 2009 | 02:26PM PST/PT

Jeff King

Hi everyone...This is Jeff King, Senior Director of Finding. Last year we introduced new search technology that makes it faster and easier to find just what you’re looking for on eBay. In a nutshell, it looks at a multitude of details in listings to deliver more of the results you want. It makes it easy to browse and narrow your selection, and lets you choose how you want to see the results. With the new auto-complete feature it even "anticipates" what you're typing in the search box. Get a closer look and some great tips for searching.

The response from the Community to the new finding has been great—today the vast majority of eBay buyers and sellers are using it. Some of you have sent great ideas for making it even better. We've incorporated a lot of these suggestions already and in the coming months we’ll be introducing more new features and enhancements to make it even faster and easier.

Sellers: Use product details!
For sellers, we’re continuing to expand opportunities to use product details in listings. Be sure to use them--it's one of the best ways to boost your exposure in the new search.

Retiring the older technology
Until now, buyers and sellers have been able to choose not to use the new search engine. With more than 90% of you now on board, we’ll be retiring the older technology in April of 2009. If you are one of the few who’s opted out, you’ll see some reminder messages during your searches.

On behalf of the whole Finding team, thank you for your support and insight.

Jeff King
Senior Director of Finding

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