If you frequent eBay in search of stuff for your beloved Lizzie, you know how frustrating it can be scanning through the items that are up for auction that have little or nothing to do with what you’re looking for.
If you search for (“model t”) within eBay Motors, you will be rewarded with 4000 items (more or less) to scan through.
Save yourself some time and aggravation by searching for the following within eBay Motors:
(“model t” -picture -aluminum -a -rat -hot -shirt -custom -fiberglass -speedway -bucket -article -cover -street –suzuki)
This search yields about 1900 items, and not a single car cover or chrome hot rod part to waste your time over.
Merry Christmas y'all
Sometimes I click on "highest price first" and search from top down. It isn't too bad that way.
Here is what I got using (“model t” -picture -aluminum -a -rat -hot -shirt -custom -fiberglass -speedway -bucket -article -cover -street –suzuki)
http://www.ebay.com/sch/6000/i.html?_nkw=%28%E2%80%9Cmodel+t%E2%80%9D+-picture+- aluminum+-a+-rat+-hot+-shirt+-custom+-fiberglass+-speedway+-bucket+-article+-cov er+-street+%E2%80%93suzuki%29&_rdc=2
I got over 6,000,000 didn't work for me
Yeah, you all need to quit fooling around with Ebay. When nobody bids there, prices will drop like the Great Depression and I'll pick up some real 'steals'.
The best way is to go to advanced search option. type in model T for the search and then add words to exclude. You can use the words above or exclude the ones that bother you the most. Just chose your words wisely. I suggest start with a few and then add some more till you get the search you like ... I have about 20 "minus words" in my search and it works very well. You can also creat "alternate" searches with different words used to come up with more item specific searches ... I really do not know why Im telling you this cause now you will find my "finds" and bid against me. Oh well .... Good luck ...
Something you are all missing is that some of the best T bargains are often items that were not identified by the seller as Model T at all.
Loads of T stuff turns up in the Model A category also.
Ebay will always be a source of aggravation for both sellers & buyers alike but sometimes the perfect storm occurs and you sell something for five times what you expected or you win something for far less than you expected.
I won an unused $700.00 Speedglas 9100XX welding helmet that I got for $50.00 (no other bids) because the seller had it listed in the wrong category, didn't really know what it was, listed it as-is 'possibly broken' (because he didn't know how to turn it on) and he didn't use any keywords that would turn it up in normal searches. I found it by accident looking for something else totally unrelated to welding.
"You never know what your.......
I'll stop before I sound like Forest Gump.
I bought a PTO for my M Farmall for $10. I get stuck on a Singer sewing machine at $250. I have bought some new gas welding nozzles quite reasonably. I use the look a little bit and stumble around method when I look at Model T parts, mostly I am aghast at what others are willing to spend. I just don't have the time to do much serious shopping on ebay.
Works fine if you use the search box properly. For example if I need a spindle, I search Model T Ford Spindle and this is what I get:
Since I check ebay every day, I set my sort option to newest listing first, I scan the first page with all the garbage, then next page I resort to ending soonest, this takes me about two minutes worth of gathering useless information, sometimes I stumble onto something interesting. Like James said before sometimes parts are listed in a category not even closely related, because the seller has no idea of what he's selling.
I checked ebay daily for several years mostly out of habit. Then I realized I don't really need anything, so I stopped. Every once in a while the urge to see what's for sale there compels me to look, but not too often. I haven't purchased anything from ebay for probably 8 or 9 years and I've never listed or sold anything there ( I'm a pack rat and keep everything).
This week I was searching for vintage gas caps for my speedster project on Ebay. For reasons & search engine algorithms that shall remain unknown, an old issue of Hot Rod magazine popped up in the list. What caused me to pause was the cover. Suddenly I realized that this 1964 December issue was the very same Christmas issue I had secreted in my notebook in high school.
Mr. Betterman caught me glancing at it in his Physics class and confiscated it before I got to enjoy a single article. We would wait like kids in a candy store for these coveted monthly issues to arrive in the mail and its loss was a personal tragedy.
Before I knew it I was clicking the BUY IT NOW button and paying $8.00 plus shipping for a 50 cent magazine that's just short of a half century old.
Anyway, when it arrives, I'll probably have more fun looking at the adds this time around. And by the way, "Screw you Mr. Betterman, I finally got my Hot Rod magazine back"!
Where else but ebay would you find something like that, and yes I probably could have found one at a flea market for less. Hope it arrives before Christmas!
Thanks for the $8.00.
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That was funny, Hal !!!!
"Screw you Mr. Betterman, I finally got my Hot Rod magazine back"!
Wouldn"t it be fantastic if it had your name written inside the cover of it, along with a long-lost doodle of Mr. Betterman? Stranger things have happened……..
ROFL! Hal, that was priceless!!