The eBay.com website provides an advanced search option that allows items to be filtered by seller location. The feature offers three location search modes: distance from a ZIP code, preferred locations and country.
The advanced search option, which is placed next to the main "search" button, allows searches by a multitude of options, including keywords and keyword exclusions, category, and condition. Other selections include price range, buying format, condition and shipping options. Search for a specific area or location by inputting a distance from a ZIP code or selecting a preferred location or country. Narrow the search location down to a 2-mile radius. Initiate the advanced search feature after a basic search has already been performed to narrow current results by preference.
Help documentation is available on eBay on the effective use of the advanced search feature. The help file breaks down many of the advanced search options and explains the logic behind and proper use of search criteria, Boolean operators and automatic search expansion. Additionally, eBay offers general search tips, with advice on using synonyms, specific words, colors, brands and descriptions. The tips also explain which words and punctuation should not be used when searching for a specific product.