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Meta Search Engine Review
 

 

SEARCH 1

SEARCH 2

SEARCH 3

METHOD

FREE

FEE

TABBED

# SITES

OTHER FEATURES AND NOTES FREE UNLESS NOTED

ONLINE SEARCH

AuctionFerret

4

107

601

INSTANT AND PROGRAM

YES

NO

CATEGORY

VARIES

Returned inaccurate results also has Chat, News

AuctionPatrol

0

64

147

INSTANT

YES

NO

NO

5

Auction Management Tools, PicHost, Counters, Chat, News

AuctionRover

0/0

11/64

0/512

INSTANT

YES

NO

YES/EBAY

33

Auction Management Tools, PicHost, Counters, Chat, News

AuctionWatch

0/19

47/179

311/1140

INSTANT

YES

NO

YES/EBAY

claim 300

PicHost, Counters,Chat, News, for fee price estimates

BiddersEdge

0

69

554

INSTANT

YES

NO

NO

75

Bidding Tools, tracking and notify

BidFind

0

0

9

INSTANT

YES

NO

NO

265

None of the top OAHs searched, Offer free auction house

iTrack

EMAIL SENT 1/2/3 DAYS

PARTIALLY

YES

RubyLane

0

1

5

INSTANT

YES

NO

NO

299

Primarily shops, does Amazon, Yahoo etc

FOR COMPARISON

Amazon

0

5

34

By Category Only Not Item

YES

NO

NA

Amazon

Too generalized to be of much use

eBay

16

192

1140

Item Only

YES

NO

NA

eBay

Excellent search, several options

Yahoo

0

28

192

Category/Seller/Item

YES

NO

NA

Yahoo

Excellent search, flexible, many optioned

Completed 14 Dec 1999
To do this report we looked at 8 Meta Search engines and searched for three items. The first item was a rarely occurring one, the second an expansion and generalization of the first, and the third item, an item that always returns a large number of auctions. AuctionWatch's Universal Search returned the largest and most accurate result. AuctionRover was the fastest and had some whimsical charm, but it, like the rest of the searches, returned less than 50% of Aws results.

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