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It'd never even occur to me to search for misspelled items to enjoy lower prices at eBay. But then again, I'm a grammar-and-spelling wonk who uses eBay maybe once per year, and for selling far more often than buying.

When Holly Marshall wanted to sell a pair of dangling earrings, a popular style these days, she listed them on eBay once, and got no takers. She tried a second time, and still no interest.

Was it the price? The fuzzy picture? Maybe the description: a beautiful pair of chandaleer earrings.

Such is the eBay underworld of misspellers, where the clueless—and sometimes just careless—sell labtop computers, throwing knifes, Art Deko vases, camras, comferters and saphires.

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