The way a wildcard search on eBay has worked, is if for instance you searched for Brit* on eBay, it would return search results for everything from Britain, British and Britania to Britney Spears and Brita water filters.
eBay say that they will no longer support wildcard searches because recent changes to how search works already takes into account many spelling variations, and it enables eBay to more efficiently deliver search results faster. Reading between the lines (and knowing a little about eBay’s search engine) I’m guessing a wild card search puts a heck of a strain on eBay’s servers compared to a specific search term.
However that’s not the end of the story – there are still some search tricks which you can still use on eBay and combine the methods to return very specific products, if that’s what you want.
eBay Exact Search
Using quotation marks instructs eBay search to return the exact search term. For instance search for Ming Vase will return items will return all items that have Ming and Vase in the title in any order. Change the search to “Ming Vase” and the words have to be in that exact order, for instance you’ll no longer see Ming Dynasty Vase as there’s a word in the middle.
eBay Either Or Search
Put two or more items in brackets separated by commas and eBay will search for any of your chosen words. An example could be to search for (trousers,slacks,pants).
Excluding items from eBay search
Let’s say you want to search for Michael Jackson memorabilia, but you’re not interest in the Jackson Five, if you search for Michael Jackson -five you’ll exclude the listings you don’t want to see.
Combining eBay search tricks
You can combine the above search tricks as much as you like. Let’s say you’re looking for a bag for an evening out, (purse,handbag,clutch) -(purple,green,pink) would return you listings for purses, handbags and clutches but not any that are purple green or pink in colour.