User Comments and Reviews
top-rated buyer tool on eBay with the highest number of 5-star ratings!
“Prospector played a crucial role
in sourcing materials for a renovation project we carried out at
West Moss-side Centre (near Stirling, Scotland, see
Practically all the items you see in the interior shot INCLUDING
the staircase were found on eBay because of Prospector.”
For me, it's the greatest time saving app for eBay.
04-Sep-2005 11:38:20 AM
Pros: Quite simply, this product slashes the amount of
time you spend searching for items on eBay. Especially useful if
you buy items frequently. I now spend one hour a week searching
for items instead of several! The main features I use are:
1) Being able to save complicated searches that have more functionality
than native eBay (the main feature of this product).
2) Being able to hide items you looked at / considered in a search
result (how often do you look at items you've already seen when
you come back and do a search on another day on native eBay ?) .
This saves more time than you imagine.
3) Frequently updated and kept in line with any changes on eBay
Cons: It's a small annoyance, but I wish it would display
what category it found something in, in the results summary, so
I could easily see items listed in the wrong category (hence bargains!)
The best eBay program ever. Honest. Try it, you'll agree.
08-Apr-2006 08:43:31 PM
Pros: eBay programs are a hobby of mine. I've owned over
60 since 1999. Some good. Some horrible. I've also Beta-tested 13
programs so far. Prospector Pro is simply the best eBay program
available. It is lightning fast with truly complex Searches. I can
filter and sort and search and remember and mask and filter and
.....you get the idea. It is brilliant. Brilliant. If you ever search
eBay, you owe it to yourself to purchase Prospector. It is genius
in its interface. What used to take me 30 minutes now takes me exactly
16 seconds, because Prospector does all the work. Use it for a week,
you'll wonder why you waited so long.
Prospector raises the bar far higher than any other program.
There are mimics, but nothing that does all that Prospector does.
Trust me, I own all the others. But I don't use them. I use Prospector
Set up a list of 18 different extremely specific Items in 11
different categories all with different price ranges and sizes and
............. then click the "Update All" button. Count to 15. Get
ready to see what "The best" means. Want to see only the items you
haven't seen already? Prospector will do that for you. Only Buy
It Now items? Yes. Only in a certain country? Yes. And so on.
Cons: I asked Cheng, the Author, for a "Uncheck All" Button
so I do not have to manually uncheck every Item I am no longer interested
in. (I watch a lot of items.)
Prospector Pro really does many different tasks; it is NOT a
one trick pony. So you will need to spend 15 minutes with the Getting
Started Demos, which are the best I've ever seen. Once you learn
all that it does, be prepared to say "Wow".
We now have three licensed Prospector users in our office.
30-Dec-2005 11:25:25 AM
Pros: Super product support, this is an author with an
open ear and they really stands behind this software. User friendly
and intuitive interface gets you up and running quickly. It follows
the Microsoft model, so if you use Word or Excel (and who doesn't)
you will be pleased. Single and group bids are always accurately
placed via an internet server and not from you desktop, so can bid
while your computer is off. Searches are saved in a tree format
and can be repeated and updated right from your desktop! Unlike
eBay, placing items on your watch list is a breeze and with business
like customizable views. You can even import your "My eBay" items!
For us Prospector is a valuable tool and this author is so confident
that he produces a freeware version, so try it and then buy it,
we need to support software providers like this one!
Cons: Sadly there is no exporting of the completed auctions
in Prospector to Excel so that you can track cost or keep transaction
history. It would be helpful if Prospector had a section that would
manage auctions (IE, item received, item paid, seller's info). Perhaps
in future versions?
Excellent program, and I have tried many, both free and paid.
26-Oct-2005 04:03:02 AM
Pros: I tried this program and purchased the full version.
You define and save searches, and the program will periodically
repeat the search and save the result for you. And you can capture
eBay searches. When you return to your computer all items found
will displayed in a very neat set of organized folders/tabs. All
this is very customizable. From there you can tag and watch auction
items, delete items, bid, etc.
The author does a good job of keeping the program up to date.
The Lite version of the program is free. If you spend time on
eBay I recommend you give it a try.
Cons: Even though the Download web site shows the Lite
version as "unlimited" that is misleading. As you would naturally
expect the Lite version does not have all the features of the paid
version. This is not really a disadvantage, just a normal way many
software vendors distribute their products.
Let's just say it has cost me a lot of money at EBAY! LOL
12-Jul-2006 02:43:36 PM
Pros: The only thing I would add is how absolutely responsive
the support is. Very helpful, understanding, patient and determined
to make a great product even better for us shop-a-holics and bargain
hunters. They even incorporated one of my suggestions into an updated
Time is Money
28-May-2006 06:55:50 AM
Pros: This piece of software is a true time-saver. If
you're spending hours searching through eBay listings each day,
you're doing it all wrong! I've easily reduced my eBay search time
to 10% of what it was and I consistently hit the items I want. No
missing items because I mistyped a search term or forgot a search
Try it out... you'll like it.
the best ebay companion program :)
17-May-2006 10:01:55 AM
Pros: Very handy user interface- it is really pleasure
to work with. It is fast to get started. Shortcuts make the life
easy for intensive users. Lots of opportunities to filter or constrict
the field of search. The search is also pretty fast. Very nice possibility
to run searches of separate groups. The eBay results site is integrated
in the prospector. Searching on international markets is easy made.
The best on the market at the moment
Cons: merging searching trees can be a pain sometimes.
you should back up your information, cause sometimes it crashes.
You aren't able to search for words within the body of the auctions.
Great product for eBay buyers, possibly helpful for sellers!
08-May-2006 01:14:05 PM
Pros: The search capabilities here are so much better
than the fairly random searches that eBay can give you- if you want
to really find a great deal and take as little time as possible,
this is the tool to use. The ability to track what other members
are bidding on is also kind of nice albeit not always the most useful
tool to use as a buyer. Sellers may use this to find out what their
customers are buying and bidding on, though. I find it is kind of
nice to be able to quickly tell if someone is reselling any products
of mine, and for how much.
Cons: It feels as though sometimes it is easy to use this
only as a simple web browser. Also, although it is a nice looking
program, some of the features and more complicated searches are
not as intuitive as they could be.
Works great with international eBay sites too!
31-Jan-2006 01:14:21 PM
Pros: After trying three other auction searching and buying
programs, I found Prospector. It stands head and shoulders above
the others. I use it primarily for buying on eBay Germany, and it
works like a dream. There's great flexibility in setting up your
searches, so that you can refine the results to the Nth degree,
and it even has an option to show you a preview photo for those
items without a gallery photo, taken from the auction description
itself - in other words, you can surf eBay VISUALLY with this program.
While others are slogging through the chaff, you can soar above
them getting the bird's eye view. After the internet and the iPod,
this is the third greatest thing our civilization has produced.
Prospector for eBay is the best software investment I've ever
18-Dec-2005 03:16:05 PM
Pros: If you bid professionally or are a collector or
just an occasional eBay shopper, Prospector eliminates the stress
of hanging around an auction to drop your bid at the last moment.
Pre-programmable bidding options let you enter a maximum bid and
choose how many seconds before auction ends to automatically place
your bid. It's absolutely foolproof! Bid while you sleep or work.
Bid with your computer off! Prospectors own server monitors your
auctions and bids when you tell it. I just started working with
Prospector search features and it's far more comprehensive than
built in eBay site search.
Easy to use and work with
31-Oct-2005 10:00:00 AM
Pros: It has a very intuitive interface, but not so simple
that it does not allow for some complex search requests. The bids
are accurate and done on time.
Cons: Unfortunately due to the use of .NET, it is a bit
of a resource hog. Searches can take a while and system performance
is greatly impacted if you have a number of complex arrangements
running. Considering the interface it should be easy to setup the
program from the web to keep up to date on bidding remotely, but
this is not currently possible. Also I would also like the results
to be in a database format, and not just html. Probably sounds worse
than it is, these cons are minor in the long run as the program
does exactly what it is supposed to do for me.
The person who will drool in delight about
Prospector is the person who uses eBay a lot. It will really get
your options organized in a tree-type fashion so that you can see
at a glance what is going on. Take my word for it this is an
eBayer's tool deluxe... Prospector is an
essential tool for the serious eBayer.
"This is exactly the kind of tool I was looking for. I can now
organize searches in a very efficient search tree - then track,
hide, highlight, and comment each search result... Every serious
eBay buyer should at least try it out. I'm certain they will love
it as much as I do."
"One of the best auction software programs
I know of... the best user interface and most complete set
of search and watching tools... Very well organized and
easy to learn with good on-line help and documentation."
"Must-have tool for eBay mania!"
"eBay software is a hobby of mine, and
I have purchased over 40 programs in the 7 years since I first bought
Cricket Sniper Jr. in December of 1997. Prospector is listed as
a Searching Tool, but it does quite a bit more. You set up a list
of items you are interested in, and Prospector finds them and keeps
track of them. Setting up the program is simple. The interface is
multi-pane, and fairly intuitive. There are so many hidden features
it is definitely worthwhile to watch the Flash Help programs, which
step you through setting up and using Prospector. Prospector raises
the bar for eBay programs."
"I purchased Prospector a few days after downloading it and it
has been the best decision I could have made...
I can set up an unlimited number of searches and perform the search
by pressing a single button; it will hide items already downloaded
so you can focus on new items; searches can be filtered to display
only the items that are of interest to you (for example, "Buy it
Now" items)... give Prospector a chance and I'm sure you will be
very satisfied with it."
"The search options provided by Prospector
are far more powerful then what is offered on the eBay web site,
allowing you to create highly targeted searches
to find specific items of interest... A very nice auction tool that
frequent eBay users will find extremely useful!"
"There are several eBay (buyer) tools out there, but none of
them are as good as yours, as far as I have seen."
"I think Prospector has a ton of features
to be so early in its development cycle, certainly worth every penny...
I paid to use it."
"Your product is one of the best presented and feature-packed
"I have had a great time playing with your
program... While the initial update takes a while the end result
is better than searching sequential eBay pages because all the pages
are downloaded by Prospector and flipping from one to another is
very quick. Again, my hat is off to you... I would recommend it
to anyone as it is now but I know that in your hands it will become
a lean and mean machine that will be very difficult
to tell you I love it. It has saved me thousands and thousands of
hours of searching that I can now do with one click."
"I wish you all the best and I will try
to give you some remarks you might make use of to make the
best product in its class even better!"
"... an absolutely fantastic tool! It has reduced the time I
look for purchases by tenfold."
"I've tried almost every eBay tool I can
find, and I can tell you with complete confidence that Prospector
has come up with a tool that compliments eBay like butter does bread."
"Great product!... Your software is the best I've seen."
"I'm thoroughly impressed by your design
& functionality. I'm very glad that I hooked up with you and your
tool. Extremely useful."
"Prospector is the BEST!"
"A superior way to experience eBay."
"I love the product and have found many buried treasures using
"Thank you for creating such a wonderful
program - I've been bidding on eBay for years, and this is really
a godsend - finally, I don't have to repeat search,
after search, after search. Great job!"
"Your program is worth its weight in gold to
me... I am a power buyer and this program has changed the
way I run my eBay business!"
"This is great... just don't tell my eBay
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