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eBay Hacks, 2nd Edition by David A. Karp

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Hack #19. Search Internationally

Use different eBay localizations to look for things outside your home town.

When you search, you're not searching all of eBay; you're searching a subset of auctions made available to your localized version of eBay. Depending on where in the world you live, you may be using any one of the following sites:

Table 2-3. 

Country

eBay address

Australia

www.ebay.com.au

Austria

www.ebay.at

Belgium

www.ebay.be

Canada

www.ebay.ca

China

www.ebay.com.cn

France

www.ebay.fr

Germany

www.ebay.de

Hong Kong

www.ebay.com.hk

India

www.baazee.com

Ireland

pages.ebay.com/ie/

Italy

www.ebay.it

Malaysia

www.ebay.com.my

Netherlands

www.ebay.nl

New Zealand

www.ebay.com/nz/

Philippines

www.ebay.ph

Poland

www.ebay.pl

Singapore

www.ebay.com.sg

Spain

www.ebay.es

Sweden

www.ebaysweden.com

Switzerland

www.ebay.ch

Taiwan

www.tw.ebay.com

United Kingdom

www.ebay.co.uk

United States

www.ebay.com

Although all these sites share the same global auction database,[1] each one uses the native language and currency of the region it represents. Your eBay user account works on all eBay sites, so you can bid, search, and sell in any country eBay serves. What is dramatically different, however, is the selection of categories, and thus the search indexes.

This means that a search for decorative dog collars at www.ebay.ch may yield different results than the same search at www.ebay.co.uk.

Expanding Your Search

This limitation on international searches is nothing more than a matter of scope, and the scope ...

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