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I've tested this on my phone and desktop.

I've been having trouble getting any results on completed listings for the last few days / week, but the results are inconsistent.

Sometimes I'll enter a search and I'll see a few results then a blue banner stating "Results matching fewer words" then results which match some or all of my keywords. I noticed this when searching ps2 nba live 07.

I also have completed searches that show ZERO results for queries that return lots of relevant results when not checking the completed listings box. I noticed that if one of my keywords is in quotes like in the search "shadow the hedgehog" ps2, I get zero results.

However, I noticed that if I have a term I want removed from your results by putting a hyphen in front, using quotes for those remove keywords still works such as contra -"mega drive"

 

I think there are other cases that return zero results, but I haven't nailed down what's causing this. I've tried Firefox and Chrome. I've turned off ad blockers and virus scanners with their built-in ad blockers.

Is anyone else experiencing strange behavior with complete listings search?

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I've been seeing the same thing on certain searches. For me, for instance, searching sold listings for "pokemon blue" finds almost nothing (except a few results under "matching fewer words", like you) - but searching for "blue pokemon" works fine. I think it's a bug in eBay's system somewhere.

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Agreed, eBay's search engine can be weird at times.  In fact, there have even been cases where I have tried to search for an uncommon item, tried multiple terms and searches and I couldn't find it.  I'd come to here or NintendoAge, ask for a price check, and then someone would screenshot a couple of sold listings, as well as one or two for sale now. I don't know why, but I'm guessing it has to do with the suggestions algorithm getting hung up when it applies your profile to the search.  I have no proof but it's just a hunch because this seems to be a bit different from person to person.

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There are genuine reasons you wouldn't see a listing in search results - the most common is that it did not offer delivery to the address you're using for search. For instance if I search with delivery to my actual Canadian postcode, I don't see any results for listings (sold or otherwise) that only deliver to the US (but if I click a direct link to such a listing it will work, it'll just say that it may not deliver to my address). I have to search with the address set to a US zip code to see those listings in search results. That's normal, and intended.

This is a new thing that's only happening in the last couple of days. Right now if I search sold listings in the Video Games category for "blue pokemon", item location "worldwide", for delivery to 90210 I get 2411 results. If I run the same search but for "pokemon blue" I get "No exact matches found". It's not just the more-or-less normal way that all sorts of parameters affect exactly what you see in an eBay search, it's a flat out bug.

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Ok, I'm glad other people are experiencing weirdness and it's not just my setup. Yes, I believe it has only started this past week, including today when I tried "dishonored 2" and got no completed listings, but without quotes returns 505.

This is a very annoying bug as workarounds for titles on multiple PlayStation platforms or things on a specific Game Boy are really annoying to type or may be impossible without sweeping through a lot of irrelevant results.

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