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EBay "Add Note" Bookmarklet

EBay lets you add short text notes to items you're watching, which is useful, but the interface is very inconvenient to use. If you're looking at an item and want to add a note, you have to first Watch This Item, then go to the My Ebay page, display All Items I'm Watching, then either visually scan the page for the item, or do a Find for the item number (which is likely if you're watching more than 10 items). Once you've done all that, then you can add a note.

This little Javascript-enabled bookmark (or bookmarklet) lets you bypass that tedious process. Once it's installed on your Links bar, all you have to do is first Watch This Item for an item you're looking at, then click on the Add Note bookmarklet. A new window will open and you can add your note.

Installation Instructions
  • Drag the Add Note link (below) to your Links toolbar.

    Add Note

    If dragging doesn't work, right-click on it and Add to Favorites into the Links folder.

  • Once it's there, right-click on it and select "Properties"
  • In the URL or Location, find the part "ebay.ca" near the beginning, and replace it with the proper domain for your country, such as "ebay.com" or "ebay.co.uk".
  • Find the word EBAY_USER_ID and replace it with your eBay userid.

Your Add Note bookmarklet is now installed. Now you may click it whenever you're looking at an eBay item and a new page will open to let you add a note.

  • In Mozilla, the new window always opens in the background. I'm not sure how to get around this. Works fine in IE though.
  • I tested this only for eBay.ca and eBay.com.
  • If you Add Note on an item you are not yet watching, the item still won't appear in your watch list. Strangely enough, it seems that if you watch the item after that, your note is still there.
  • The regular expression used to extract the eBay item number is very simplistic. All it does is scan the page for the first ten-digit number. Thus, if the description of the item has a big number in it, the bookmarklet will think that's the item number.
  • If eBay changes the parameters to their CGI scripts, I'm positive this bookmarklet will stop working.


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