Typo treasures help you save money online

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The website offering a little bit of everything may provide hidden holiday savings for you. Ebay, the popular online auction site, lets users post items for sale, but doesn't check spelling errors in product titles or descriptions.

"If you can't spell, you're for sure going to reduce the amount of people that are going to find you," said Terry Draper, owner of E-sell Made Easy.

Draper has profited from Ebay for the past six years and says, while everyone has something to sell, but not all of them call spell.

"I would say the money that's going to be saved are the auctions that are misspelled with no reserve," said Draper. "Sometimes you can save money there because there are fewer shoppers."

No minimum price and far fewer bidders create a true buyer's market. I checked the cost of the Nintendo Wii, a popular Christmas gift.

We found prices ranging from $293 to $300. So, to test the claim, I misspell it on purpose. By adding an extra in 'E' into Nintendo you have the 'Ninetendo Wii' system. The price difference, just $51, was significantly lower than the correctly spelled listing for a video game system. The same works with others products as well.

How about a 'Pansonic' 10.1 megapixel camera. Listed at $2.25 it had no reserve and lists at $279 dollars normally, so not bad.

We got creative with TV's and found a 'Visio,' not Vizio, 50-inch plasma for several hundred bucks cheaper than anywhere else.

"It may not happen every time you shop on Ebay, but what may end up happening to you time to time is you may realize some significant savings," said Draper.

Ebay experts we spoke to say don't always fall for the lowest price. Before every transaction, make sure you review their site rating to make sure they're a reputable seller even if they aren't the best speller.

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