How to use AuctionShadow
Two things set AuctionShadow apart from other eBay applications, The
Advanced Keyword Search and the Security Analysis. Both are designed to
give you a more pleasant, more secure, eBay experience. This section has
information on how to create an arsenal of searches you can use to
easily find the items you want on eBay, and get the critical information
you need to make a secure transaction. You may search eBay from
AuctionShadow's home page, but the real potential of AuctionShadow is
realized when you JOIN. "Joining" just creates an account that stores
your searches and displays your results, and it is absolutely free to
join and use AuctionShadow.
Join by clicking the JOIN link on the home page or the tab on the site header. That will take you
to a page where you may enter a username, password and your email address. This login does not have
to match your eBay login, or any other. It is how you will
log into AuctionShadow, so you may want to
have your browser remember it for you. See
Troubleshooting if you have problems logging in. You will be
asked to verify the email address you give us when you login. This assures the auction alerts will reach
you. Just follow the instructions in the yellow banner that appears if your address is not verified. The
banner disappears if your address is verified. See
Troubleshooting if you have problems getting our
verification email. Again, joining and using AuctionShadow is totally free.
Login using the User Name and Password fields in the upper right corner of the site, and click the GO
button. If you need to change your login, email address, or if you have forgotten your login, there
are links just below the login fields to help you. The Secure Login is there as an optional login
Advanced Search features and options are available to you once you have joined,
and you must be logged in to save searches or results. There
is a general description at the top of the page.
Keyword Search has features you will not find on eBay's advanced search. Enter the keywords to include and exclude,
and the other parameters of your search. You may do a search immediately to see what results you get, then save the
search from the results page, or you may save the search directly to your
My Searches page. You may also save your
search as a template for other searches. For example, if you wanted to search for an item on eBay US, and the same
item on eBay UK, save a template of one and adapt it quickly for the other. If you wanted to search for Tommy
Hilfiger clothes on one search, save it as a template, and find auctions where his name has been misspelled, just
call up the template and add the filter. The Typo filter returns only auctions where the keyword is misspelled. The
Accessory Filter helps to block secondary and tertiary results from the primary list. You can create multiple
searches quickly by using the templates option. You must have an account and be logged in to save searches or templates.
Saving your Searches
My Searches is where the rubber meets the road. You must be logged in to see the My Searches page. Access it
with the tab at the top of the page. There are two vertical columns on the page, one for your searches, and
one for your results. If you do not see two columns, there is an EXPAND/COLLAPSE tab in the upper left corner
of the page.
Click that to see both columns. Once you have set up your searches, you may just want
to display the results column.
The searches side of your My Searches page will display your Keyword Searches you have
saved from either the
Advanced Search page or
ShadowTool. From this interface, you may click individual searches to get results.
The Options column will display the parameters of your search in brief. Terms
in green are being included, terms in red are excluded. The Results column shows how many auctions the search has
found. And the final column has a link to edit, and pause or activate the search. Paused searches will be
highlighted in pink.
There are two other fields below the search listings, My Search Groups, and My Settings. My Settings is pretty
straight forward. Make your selections and save them. My Search Groups lets you organize your searches. Assign
your searches to specific groups by first creating the group name on the 'Add Group' field. Then, select which
searches go into the group by using the check boxes on the left of the searches, then choose the group name you
want the searches to be moved to from the dropdown list. Search results are sorted according to these groups on
Recent Finds side of the My Searches page.
The Recent Finds side of My Searches displays the auctions you searches find. The two dropdown boxes at the top
of the list allow you to sort your results by when they were found and by the search group that found them. The
Show Results box defaults to listings found today. Those listings will only be displayed one day unless you change
the Show Results setting or save them to your
My Auctions. You may refresh your results by clicking the little
green 'arrows in a circle' icon in the upper right corner of the list. Sort your list by the data in any of the
columns by clicking the column header, like Title, Current Bid, Time Left, etc. The check box on the left side of
the listing is for deleting listings you do not want to save or display. The SAVE link on the right side of the
listing saves the listing to your My Auctions page.
My Auctions is where your saved auctions go. Put the auctions you are interested in here. When you click the SAVE
link, you will be taken to the Saved Auction page. This page will have information on the auction, and field to
enter your notes on the auction, a field to enter a bid threshold that will trigger an email alert to the email
address we have for your account, and a dropdown to select a time when you want to be notified that the auction
The My Auctions page will display all your auctions with the notes you have entered, the 'notify' options you have
chosen, and all of the other relevant information about the auction. Manage the auctions you keep with check boxes
and the CLEAR button.
ShadowTool is the other way to save auctions to your Saved Auction page. There are two ways to use
ShadowTool, from auction listing on the Recent Finds list of your My Searches page, or directly from an eBay
auction page. ShadowTool appears as a popup whenever you click on the auction.
On the ShadowTool you will see the auctions title, the number of hits
the auction has gotten even if this number is not displayed on the
auction page, and the seller's ID. By clicking the
tabs or text links you can get the Security Analysis and see other
auctions from the seller.
To use ShadowTool directly from an eBay auction page, go to the ShadowTool page. Just drag the link to your
browser's toolbar. You may
need to open your browser's toolbar if it is not open already. Consult the help files on your browser if you need
help. Once the icon is on your toolbar, whenever you click on a search result on your My Searches page or on an
eBay auction page, the ShadowTool will popup. If it doesn't pop up, go to