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How do you find copies of owner's manuals for discontinued products?

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Find copies of owner's manuals for discontinued products through manual database sites such as ManualOwl.com and ManualsLib.com as well as on auction sites such as eBay.com, as of 2016. Some manufacturers may also publish the owner's manuals for discontinued products on its website, though availability varies between brands and models.

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ManualOwl.com allows users to search for manuals by conducting a keyword search against brand or product names or by using its navigation options to choose a brand, product category and model number to directly access the item. The site does not include distinctions about the current production state of products, only offering the manuals as a free PDF download as well as through an embedded file on the site. It also allows uses to save copies of manuals to an account for easy access at a later date.

ManualsLib.com functions on a similar process, wherein users can search for products or browse through listings according to manufacturer. The site displays files as interactive pages that include links to quickly jump to different sections, though each entry is also available as a free download.

Auction site eBay.com commonly contains listings for physical copies of manuals from discontinued products, with filtering options that cover the product type for which the manual covers, the location of the seller and the manual's condition. Finding a manual for a discontinued product through the manufacturer may involve locating the customer support section to check for a directory of files, or contacting the company directly to inquire about the manual.

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