If an item is listed with us, you can easily find it with the Auction Arms
Search Engine. You can search for auctions:
- that contain ALL the search terms you type in
- that contain at least one of the words you type in
- that contain the exact phrase you type in
- that do NOT contain any of the words you type in
Finding ALL your search terms...
Unless otherwise specified, the word AND is assumed where two or more search terms are present.
Search results are returned where those terms are found in any order. Shorthand for AND is simply
a space or comma between search terms. So: COLT 1911 COMMANDER
is equivalent to the phrase
COLT AND 1911 AND COMMANDER
. COMMANDER 1911 AND COLT
to the phrase COMMANDER AND 1911 AND COLT
Finding at least one of your terms...
If you'd like to find any auction that contains at least one of your terms, separate each term with an OR.
There is no shorthand for OR So: COLT OR 1911 OR COMMANDER
will contain all the auctions that have
at least one (and maybe more) of COLT
Finding a specific phrase...
If you'd like to find an exact phrase, quotes can be placed around search terms. For example:
“STAINLESS .270 WIN”
returns titles containing that exact phrase, but not those containing
“.270 WIN STAINLESS”
. You'll notice that order of the terms is important when searching for an
Excluding a search term...
Excluding a search term can be important if you're trying to cut down on the number of returning auctions.
Searching for the word RUSTY
returns auctions containing both NOT RUSTY and RUSTY.
However, NOT RUSTY CHEAP PITTED
is equivalent to (NOT RUSTY) AND (NOT CHEAP) AND (NOT PITTED)
as well as (RUSTY,PITTED, CHEAP)
, and NOT RUSTY, CHEAP, PITTED
. In other words, any search
phrase following the word NOT will be omitted from the search result. Shorthand for the word NOT is a
hyphen placed directly for the search term. So the phrase WINCHESTER MODEL 70 -SPORTER
same as entering WINCHESTER AND MODEL AND 70 NOT SPORTER
. In other words, "show all Winchester
Model 70s that are not sporters".
Many search tools make use of wildcard characters like % and * to find word parts. The Auction
Arms search engine also uses these wildcard characters. ERMA
will return the words GERMAN
, etc. If this isn't the result you desire, we
recommend you specify search terms with quotes. “ERMA”
will return only those results
with the word ERMA
, not THERMAL
will return results
with words like GERMAN
but not like SHERMAN
With other search engines, your results set is sometimes automatically expanded to include items
based on what the developer thinks you might be looking for. We don't do this. We're not in the
business of mind reading.
Search commands are not case sensitive. Whether or not you use capital letters, your results
will be the same. The rest of the search fields are filters, and that should be fairly self
explanatory. If you think there is something we left out, feel free to contact us.