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Modifier Purpose Example Returns
Space between words Applies AND logic to multiple keywords.
baseball card
Items with both the words "baseball" and "card".
Comma between words, no parentheses Applies AND logic to multiple keywords.
baseball,card
Items with both the words "baseball" and "card".
Comma between words in parentheses Applies OR logic to multiple keywords.
(baseball,card)
Items with either the word "baseball" or the word "card".
Quoted words Requires an exact sequence of words.
"baseball card"
Items with the exact phrase "baseball card".
-word Specified word cannot be present.
baseball -autograph
Items that have the word "baseball" but not "autograph"
-(word, word, word) Specified words cannot be present.
baseball -(autograph,card,star)
Items with the word "baseball" but not "autograph," "card," or "star".
* Substitutes for one or more characters.
baseball*
Items starting with the string "baseball". Use "*" by itself or with a minimum of 2 characters. Do not use "*" by itself unless you are using CategoryID or you are searching by seller.
@ sign Search must find two of three words from a list.
@1 baseball autograph card
Items with two of the three words "baseball," "autograph," and "card". For a "3 out of 4" search, use @2 and a list of four words.
+ Concatenates a query string using AND logic with another keyword.
@1 baseball autograph card +star
Items with any two of the three words "baseball," "autograph," or "card" in the title plus the word "star".

 

The following rules apply when there are spaces embedded in multi-word query strings:

  1. Use a single space after a double-quote ( " ) character only when the double-quote character is followed by either the minus ( - ) or plus ( + ) character.
  2. Do not use a space before the minus ( - ) or plus ( + ) characters when the previous character is the right parenthesis ( ) ).

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