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Bad Spelling Pays on eBay

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the know-duhh dept.

The Almighty Buck 525

peebeejay writes "People say that as long as they're understood, spelling is unimportant. These people are unwittingly making others a lot of money online, according to this article in the NY Times (DNA sample and clean boxers required). So, aside from clarity and respect for your reader, there's another good reason to either spell correctly or use a spellchecker: get bidders to find your eBay items and give you their money! Or you can go ahead and see how many people bid on your 'labtop computers,' 'camras,' and 'earings.'"

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first trent lott (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8111781)

ftl!

MICHAEL IS A COMMIE QUEEN!!! (-1, Flamebait)

Michael's Mommy (746184) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111785)

I challenge Michael, Timothy, Commander Taco, or any one of the liberal slime here at Slashdot to answer the calls of the trolls.


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Re:MICHAEL IS A COMMIE QUEEN!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8111847)

Because you suck dick.

First! (-1, Offtopic)

Agilo (727098) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111795)

First!
Yay!

Sorry.. couldn't resist..

It works the other way, too (-1, Interesting)

gowen (141411) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111802)

I've come across some items that were *underpriced*, because bad spelling has made them difficult to find. (Fortunately, I was as bad a speller as the seller). After that, I've occasionally searched for easy-but-uncommon misspellings of items I'm after.

Re:It works the other way, too (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8111865)

Did you bother reading the article? This is exactly what the article is about. Clearly those that moderated you didn't bother, either.

Re:It works the other way, too (2, Insightful)

gowen (141411) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111887)

No, the article is about people who leach off eBay, by buying misspelled items and selling them at a profit. I'm a genuine buyer, whose own genuine bad spelling has led me to bargains. Thats not the same.

Re:It works the other way, too (-1, Offtopic)

liquidsin (398151) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111914)

Nice sig.

Um, yeah...the lameness filter likes it when I type more than a two-word sarcastic quip, so that's what all of this is.

Re:It works the other way, too (0)

djhertz (322457) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111996)

Agreeded. Glad I wasn't the only one that thought that.

not really (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8111872)

Besides being a bad speller by your own admittance, you also seem to be a bad reader. The whole article is all about what you seem to regard as "the other way". ;)

Re:It works the other way, too (1)

SkArcher (676201) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111932)

I have done the same (fortunately I searched by the manufacturers name, not the product name) and got some real deals. Worth making multiple searches on different criteria - basically don't be lazy!

Could it affect this item? (0, Offtopic)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#8112031)

A Canadian teenager who surrendered his website to Microsoft in a row over copyright is selling a legal document they sent him, on eBay.
Except he's probably got the papers from Microsoft under the spelling of "mikerowesoft". Go figure! (Follow the LOTD in my sig.)

This article is ridiculous (0, Insightful)

seidleroniman (740696) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111804)

I'm in shock that the NYT carries this article because it states something so ridiculously obvious: that if you misspell your listing, people may not find it. Its the same reason why when you search for a "labtop computer" on e-bay, you dont find anything. Maybe its just a slow news day?

Re:This article is ridiculous (1)

fizz (88042) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111819)

thats what we like to call bad journalism :)
i cant spell either :)

Re:This article is ridiculous (4, Informative)

ewwhite (533880) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111831)

Try again....

Search for "labtop" on ebay [ebay.com] :)

Re:This article is ridiculous (2, Informative)

Safety Cap (253500) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111966)

I found 425 "language challenged" knive sellers [ebay.com] .

Obligatory nerd tie-in: That's why Mozilla kicks IE's little tin arse. Quicklink "dict knive" --> no entry for knive. [reference.com]

Re:This article is ridiculous (4, Interesting)

LiberalApplication (570878) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111925)

Actually, this is exactly the kind of thing I'd been hoping noone would bother to publish as "news", precisely because I (in my cheapass, impoverished, bargainhunting gadgetlusting ways) have always managed to find the things I've wanted on eBay for great prices simply by repeatedly performing searches on what I'd expect to be common misspellings/permutations of spellings of the names of the items (whew... long sentence... deep breath...).

That having been said, I wound up with a MITS Altair [ebay.com] for $100 because it was listed as "Vintage Altar Comp", and a "sonydcv1 [sonystyle.com] " for about $300.

My point being that as geeks, we should encourage all non-geeks we know who have an interest in selling items on eBay to forgo spellchecks and not worry about spelling in general. We stand to profit from it! Any attempt to educate the general populace (as this NYT article attempts to do) will reduce the number of magic bargains to be found on eBay ;)

Re:This article is ridiculous (1)

bigbigbison (104532) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111948)

Well obvious is in the eye of the beholder. I know it snowed a lot and that the streets are bad, but they seem to like to put that on the front page a lot.

you mean.... (4, Funny)

hatrisc (555862) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111805)

to tell me that they aren't called "labtop" computers? ... you could've fooled my dad.

Re:you mean.... (2, Funny)

javatips (66293) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111939)

When your healty... they are called laptop...

When you have a cold... they are called labtop.

Re:you mean.... (2, Funny)

I Be Hatin' (718758) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111952)

to tell me that they aren't called "labtop" computers? ... you could've fooled my dad.

Does his labtop have a sloppy disk drive, like my dad's desktop does?

Search engines (1)

Andrea_from_Arg (690224) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111813)

I would never search "camras"... a bid like that would be hard to find... right?

Interesting (0, Offtopic)

greechneb (574646) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111814)

I find it interesting that below this is a story about Weighing the Value of Privacy, telling how people value their privacy, and then there is a post with a link to a site that requires registration - Ironic

Re:Interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8111945)

I find it more interesting that the /. janitors titled this article Bad Spelling Pays on eBay, when the article clearly states
"People say that as long as they're understood, spelling is unimportant. These people are unwittingly making others a lot of money online, ... there's another good reason to either spell correctly or use a spellchecker: get bidders to find your eBay items and give you their money!?


Actually, that wasn't even the article - it was the submission. Ergo, not only did the janitors not RTFA, they didn't even RTFS!

Re:Interesting (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8111951)

How the hell do you get a +3 offtoppic?

Shhh! (0, Redundant)

CGP314 (672613) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111815)

Or you can go ahead and see how many people bid on your 'labtop computers,' 'camras,' and 'earings.'"

I have a friend who makes money doing this. He buys mispelled items at a low price and then resells them on ebay with the correct spelling.

--
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American Weblog in London [colingregorypalmer.net]

Re:Shhh! (1)

kiwimate (458274) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111843)

No need for the shhh!, methinks -- the NYT article describes exactly the same thing and tells how people make a profit by doing this. So it's no longer a secret -- sorry.

By the way, note the following quote from the article:

Indeed, experts say the Internet -- with its discussion boards, blogs and self-published articles -- is a treasure trove of bad spelling.

Boy, do we know that here!

Re:Shhh! (3, Funny)

Scarblac (122480) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111950)

No need for the shhh!, methinks -- the NYT article describes exactly the same thing

Yeah, but no-one reads the article, it was still a secret...

Re:Shhh! Dear Mr Moron --- RTFA! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8111904)

RTFA!
Idiot!

Re:Shhh! (1)

junklight (183583) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111941)

You have to wonder when you get modded up to +5 for a comment that says "I know someone who does this".

Why is that interesting? I know lots of people who do lots of things. Does that mean that this post is worth +5?

Perhaps people should read the article and *then* post. Radical I know.

Umm... (1, Funny)

SilentT (742071) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111816)

Thank you Dr. Obvious...

Re:Umm... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8111886)

Its Dr.Ovbious

Old, old trick. (4, Interesting)

DdJ (10790) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111820)

I've been using this trick since I started using eBay, something like six years ago. When you look for something, always look for misspellings first, because you're less likely to have competition. Even got a gemstone or two this way.

It's been known for years, and it hasn't changed much. I don't think this article is going to cause much of a change, even if it's widely read.

Re:Old, old trick. (3, Funny)

Yewbert (708667) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111984)

Even got a gemstone or two this way.

Yeah, and that great Rolleks watch, too! What a bargain.

I check for this on purpose (5, Funny)

Space cowboy (13680) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111822)

.. whenever I use ebay, I always try "alternative" spellings of words. Of course, being from the UK, I'm used to spelling things like 'color' incorrectly [its a JOKE!] :-)

Simon

Re:I check for this on purpose (1)

pgpckt (312866) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111908)


I am an American, I prefer the Brittish (which I guess that term isn't right if you are from Northern Ireland?) spelling of words and many Brittish words (like "loft") to their American counterparts. When I was in 10th grade, I tried the Brittish spelling for some words in a paper and got marked off :( .

UK is cool. At least if I lived there, I could visit all the other cool places in Europe! (The Brittish are acknowledging this month that they are a part of Europe, right?)

Re:I check for this on purpose (5, Funny)

nuffle (540687) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111934)

And is Brittish your British word for British?

Re:I check for this on purpose (1)

beezly (197427) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111935)

I prefer being British! ;)

Re:I check for this on purpose (-1)

Ricwot (632038) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111974)

Erm, we've been part of Europe for rather a long time and seem to be the only country implementing most EU laws, but we British never want to actually admit that we're like the French :D

Reg Free (4, Informative)

swordboy (472941) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111825)

Here [startribune.com]

Play Staion (1)

caseydk (203763) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111827)


Before the categories were as developed as they are now, a college roommate picked up a "Play Staion" for cheap.

With the categories and the "Going Going Gone" auctions these don't stay hidden as easily, but they're still there.

Mother of Perl??? (5, Funny)

Dr. Charles Forbin (20231) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111829)

According to the article, Mother of Perl is spelled incorrectly. Shows what they know.

Re:Mother of Perl??? (5, Funny)

liquidsin (398151) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111944)

Sweet stupid hell! I can buy Larry Wall's wife on ebay?!

earings! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8111832)

that's not how you spell it??
shit...

Isn't this? (1)

andih8u (639841) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111837)

One of the favorite tricks of domain squatters? Register, say, slashfot.org and have it point to a pron site or something. Regardless of how technologically advanced the internet ever gets, it'll still be used by humans, who are great at screwing things up.

Re:Isn't this? (1)

adochan (238323) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111888)

Only today I accidentally typed http://wwwslashdot.org/ (I know the www is redundant anyway, but I already had it in the address bar and continued typing but missed the period!) and yes, "wwwslashdot.org" is being squatted. Funny stuff.

Re:Isn't this? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8112012)

heh... I wonder if wwwslashdot.org is happy for all the hits or pissed becuase they got wwwslashdotted... :)

Lower Standards for all! (3, Interesting)

Lord_Frederick (642312) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111838)

Is the glass half empty? Is the glass half full? No! The glass is simply too big! What ever happened to rewarding those who did things well, as opposed to making sure nobody gets their feelings hurt because they don't do something as well as someone else. I heard that in some schools they're not running spelling bees anymore because it makes the kids that don't win feel too bad.

Re:Lower Standards for all! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8111895)

Why should we reward those who already get satisfaction from being better than the others? They don't need any more ego-stroking. Even without such rewards, these overachievers tend to grow up as self-obsessed and vain individuals who exhibit intolerant behaviour towards those with lesser faculties.

What we need to do is to help those who are less gifted to develop their talents and most importantly of all their self-esteem. You deserve to get a job, be loved and treated with respect even if you're less than perfect in hard subjects like maths or spelling.

Re:Lower Standards for all! (0)

Dogers (446369) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111923)

thats also the reason theyre apparently giving up sports day here in the UK..

the whole world is turning all cushy and average.. :(

Too much pressure over performance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8111964)

I don't see this so negatively.

Our hunter-gatherer ancestors would certainly think that our cushy modern societies have made us weak and average. What's wrong with being average anyway?

Many psychological disorders these days stem from the constant peer pressure to achieve. You've got to be perfect, make no mistakes or show weakness. I don't want my kids to grow up in a world where everything is measured in how well you perform at work, how much money you make, how high your IQ is or how good your DNA is.

Fuck that.

What a role model (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8112006)

What a role model you must be.

"It's ok to be a slob on the dole..."

Re:Lower Standards for all! (1)

gabec (538140) | more than 10 years ago | (#8112000)

You guys should read the short story 'Harrison Bergeron' by Kurt Vonnegut. (It's in the book 'Welcome to the Monkey House.')

Frist Psot!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Locky (608008) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111855)

sorri lolzz coodnt resizt

Artickle text any1? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8111858)

Please?

use a search engine spell checker (4, Insightful)

liquidpele (663430) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111860)

Ebay should use a spell checker like google uses, where it displays a link to a search with the stuff all spelled right.

I love that feature, since I can't spell worth a rats ass, and I'm suprised a site as big as ebay hasn't already done this.

Re:use a search engine spell checker (3, Informative)

marauder404 (553310) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111965)

They do use a spell checker, but I don't think it's quite as effective or aggressive about matching as a Google's. For example, eBay figures out that you've mis-spelled "compaq" as "compac" [ebay.com] but doesn't catch the mis-spelling of "labtop" and recommend the correctly-spelled version. Google finds both of these.

Re:use a search engine spell checker (2, Funny)

rylin (688457) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111973)

That'll be 'surprised' :P

I know, I know, sorry :(

Re:use a search engine spell checker (3, Informative)

platypussrex (594064) | more than 10 years ago | (#8112010)

I know this is slashdot, but if you RTFA you will see the following quote:

Jim Griffith, whose official title at eBay is dean of eBay education, teaches 40 to 50 seminars a year around the country. Although eBay points out common misspellings, he said that the most common question he gets is, "When will e-Bay get a spell checker?"

His answer? "You go to a store called a bookstore, and you buy something called a dictionary."

Re:use a search engine spell checker (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8112016)

Did you mean: all spelled correctly

Speiling DOESN'T matter (1, Funny)

Polkyb (732262) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111862)

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.

Re:Speiling DOESN'T matter (1)

Frisky070802 (591229) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111909)

So this gets back to the people who said that Google does it right. Ebay simply needs to index all words with the same first & last letters when someone searches for it. I ask for plain paper faxes and get porn pleaser fetishes....

Re:Speiling DOESN'T matter (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8111920)

tihs is feaikrn old nwes, and yuor mtoeher was a hmsaetr. Sotp psotnig tihs siht.

Re:Speiling DOESN'T matter (1)

Mateito (746185) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111970)

Tuer. The troehy setats taht nllamroy redaers olny sacn fsrit and lsat letters of erevy wrod. Hevewor a soitutitsbun as slpmie as rnisreveg erevy letter epecxt tsehe mekas vrey dluciffit rnidaeg for the mtirojay.

Re:Speiling DOESN'T matter (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8112028)

lame.

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this just in (-1, Offtopic)

Ravenrage (739755) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111868)

i guess i can throw out my dictnary now

one more thing i want to say i am tired of ppl pasteing crap that is so offtopic i want to kill them if you have something to say about dean or bush or whoever the hell else is running do it after posting an on topic reply like the rest of us. i for one don't think the offtopic mod is high enuf (electroshock anyone???)

if linux is illegal only hackers will have linux

Better prices in less sean shops. (-1, Redundant)

Forge (2456) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111870)

I always bid on and sometimes buy misspelt items. With fewer people noticing it, I can usually get a better deal.

I see the same situation shopping downtown. The stalls at the front, near the car parks or the bus stops have much higher prices than the back road stalls. When I have to walk by 30 people selling Nikes you have to give me a better deal to make it worth the trip :)

Since I am Dyslectic, I often stumble across these auctions by making the same mistake in searching that the vendor made in posting :)

Re:Better prices in less sean shops. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8111943)

Dyslectic? Is that some kind of scientology thing?

Worked for me (2, Interesting)

jjeffers (127519) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111871)

Some years ago I purchased a 36 gigabyte 10,000 RPM Fiber Channel drive very inexpensively on e-bay. Drives like it were selling for two or three hundred dollars and I paid $40 for mine. Why? Because I intially spelled Fiber Channel as fibre channel.

There were two or three fiber channel products with british spelling and I think I was the only one that even bid on them.

I just got a great deal (2, Funny)

Libertarian_Geek (691416) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111875)

You too, can find great deals on Sorny, Magnetbox, JCV, Keenwood. All because the manufacturer didn't spell the name right. (read "knock-offs")
But seriously, now are we going to have people naming their auctions:
Brand New Laptop Labtop Latpod Palpot PC!
?

Works for personal websites too (4, Funny)

daBass (56811) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111877)

A friend of mine (whose website I host) is terrible. But at least his pictures of the "rockafella center" [google.com] get him on the first page of Google! :)

Google has ruined my spelling (4, Funny)

SpaceRook (630389) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111880)

I used to be a good speller, but I use Google A LOT. And it is so forgiving that my skills have declined. I expect all programs to know what I mean when I type "Jva prgfamminh boolks". I just kinda hit the keys that basically represent the words I want.

Re:Google has ruined my spelling (4, Funny)

Walterk (124748) | more than 10 years ago | (#8112005)

Yuoor seerch - Jva prgfamminh boolks - deed nut metch uny ducooments. Um gesh dee bork, bork!
Nu peges vere-a fuoond cunteeening "prgfamminh".

Sooggesshuns:

- Meke-a soore-a ell vurds ere-a spelled currectly. Bork bork bork!
- Try deefffferent keyvurds. Um gesh dee bork, bork!
- Try mure-a generel keyvurds. Um gesh dee bork, bork!
- Try fooer keyvurds. Um gesh dee bork, bork!

misspelt searches (0)

dkode (517172) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111900)

On the flip side, It would be really interesting if there was a way that you could obtain how many searches on ebay were performed for misspelt words. I wouldn't be suprised if just as many people search for 'earings' as 'earrings'. therefore, you could possibly get more business on misspelt searches, depending on how close the spelling is to the actual word of course.

no wonder they're losing (5, Funny)

plams (744927) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111901)

unnix licsene for olny $699!!1!

hah! (1)

AgentGray (200299) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111905)

My dads been doing this for a couple of years with baseball items. Made a good bundle too, until most of the companies starting mass producing everything that's current.

that might explain... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8111906)

why CmdrTaco, given his spelling habits, is so financially poor at times

An Extra Hyphen Made me $350 on Ebay (5, Interesting)

hwsquaredcubed (527387) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111907)

I was looking for a BikeE recumbent bike. There weren't any on Ebay. I tried "Bike-E" with a hyphen. There was an almost brand new demo model listed for $500. (They retailed for about $1200 at the time, I think.) I bought it, didn't even take it out of the box, relisted it with the correct spelling, and sold it for $850 seven days later. (I did have to pay for the bike to be shipped to me, which was about $35, I think.) I have also found that you can buy items that are poorly described and relist them with more thorough descriptions, links to the manufacturer's website, better photos, etc., and they will typically sell for higher than you paid for them.

Lingo isn't in the dictionary (2, Insightful)

Analogy Man (601298) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111911)

When it comes to tech jargon it is not usually in the dictionary.

Athelon, Athlon, Athalon, or equally correct but alternative spellings P3, Pentium 3 Pentium III...etc.

I think I will wait a few weeks and do some bargain shoping.

Spelling (0)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111912)

You've no doubt heard of sounding out words phonetically. Well my friends that is what this article is about, spelling out words phonetically. Although I have to say, that spelling is on the better side of IRC speak. BTW can I ax u sumthing? NE1?

L@@K!!1!! NYT ARTICAL WITHOUT REJESTRATION!!!1! (5, Informative)

squiggleslash (241428) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111915)

For those who don't want to sell their organs to read this, visit the link searched for in Google [google.com] and click on the link to the article. This works in general for NYT articles - Google search for the link, and when you get the "nothing found, would you like to try the link?" page, just click on the link. It's 'cos the NYT uses a Referer check or something.

This valuable piece of advice given in the spirit of the article - ie with a crappy header that'll ensure only people looking really hard will find it.

Bidding starts at $5.

I do it on purpose ... form of keyword spamming (4, Interesting)

adzoox (615327) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111917)

Since eBay says that adding terms to your auctions, that are unrelated is called; "keyword spamming" - I purposely don't spell some words right in the description so I can get others who may not spell words right. Some terms in the Apple category are often spelled incorrectly.

This, my friends... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8111918)

...is why Microsoft could make the claim that people would go to mikerowesoft.com and get confused.

Because people are that fucking stupid.

gooder english (-1)

beefguts (529522) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111922)

me fail english, that's unpossible...

"Plam" pilots are very common, too (3, Interesting)

Dr. Manhattan (29720) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111927)

Almost always a good deal in that category.

DAMMIT!! (1)

RedHat Rocky (94208) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111937)

Well, so much for my bargain shopping on Ebay!!

Next they'll have a story about putting items in the wrong category...uhh, never mind.

Stolen (1)

CaptainAx (606247) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111940)

Peeps are too illiterate to spell or know exactly what they are selling. Stolen stuff usually goes a lot cheaper than a legitimately purchased items. Just another angle at why it's cheaper.

Ruin (1)

SuchiRu (675808) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111953)

As other people have said this is completely obvious, and has been going on for a long time. The only thing that NYT has done is make it hard to do this because more people will be doing this. It's going to be a fad of sorts for a while. *LOOK A MONITeR!*(It's obvious and misspelled! I'll look on Ebay. Hmmm, I hate you NYT...)

poor /.'ers f u cn rd ths u cn gt a gd jb (-1, Offtopic)

grolaw (670747) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111958)

THE ANSWER! /. folks never have enough money. Apparently the reason is a lack of interactive / mandatory spell checking.

If all of the coders on /. "compiled" and ran debugging tools on their posts on ebay the easy money would roll in!

Imagine the market for 1st Ed. K&R!

The subject line, save for the opening, was a subway ad I saw every day for a decade....apparently some dictation school. . .that /.'ers all attended!

So long, Karma. It was nice while it lasted.

Women wearing labtops (2, Funny)

October_30th (531777) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111983)

On another note, I wouldn't mind seeing more attractive female lab workers around here wearing snug "labtops"...

Automatic NY Times log-in (1)

Safety Cap (253500) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111986)

Random NYTimes registration engine [majcher.com] .

Warning to /.ers: your going to hav too read the instructions on how too work it good, or it won't. LOL WTF!!!!!!111

We all know... (1)

WegianWarrior (649800) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111994)

that spehling is a lossed art ;P

For Sale: (1)

vasqzr (619165) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111998)



For Sale: Dell labtop computer. Very fast. Perfect condition. 3 weeks old. Extended warranty, carrying case, extra battery, Windows XP, Microsoft Office 2003, DVD, 50GB hard drive, 512MB RAM, network card, 15" screen. Spell checker doesn't work.

Oh, the irony... (3, Interesting)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 10 years ago | (#8111999)

A story on Slashdot about accurate spelling! And referring to eBay no less! Oh, the irony!

This is the first article about eBay where the editors haven't spelt (yes, "spelt" not "spelled") the company name as "Ebay".

Somehow, they alway (well, almost always) manage to correctly spell iMac, iPod and iTunes, but eBay, nVidia and ATi often become "Ebay", "Nvidia" and "ATI". It would be nice to think that this article was the start of a trend but I seriously doubt it.

what matters (1, Funny)

Jonny (27509) | more than 10 years ago | (#8112004)

From the article:
"On something like eBay though," she said, "it matters.'
On something like The New York Times matching quotation marks don't matter.

(DNA sample and clean boxers required) (0, Funny)

jdcook (96434) | more than 10 years ago | (#8112009)

So which is it?

*blink* (5, Funny)

Daniel (1678) | more than 10 years ago | (#8112021)

experts say the Internet -- with its discussion boards, blogs and self-published articles -- is a treasure trove of bad spelling.

They had to ask experts?

Daniel

Pot to Kettle: You are black (2, Funny)

Prien715 (251944) | more than 10 years ago | (#8112022)

Making money off of mispellings? Slashdot's been doing it for years!

"Earings" (1)

mdw162 (654188) | more than 10 years ago | (#8112027)

...bid on your 'labtop computers,' 'camras,' and 'earings.'

Not to be confused with earrings, ornaments for your ear, I can see how someone might be selling "earings" on Ebay:

earing : n. Nautical. A short line attaching an upper corner of a sail to the yard.

Sounds like (1)

ByteSlicer (735276) | more than 10 years ago | (#8112034)

Maybe they should start using a phonetically based search engine at e-bay.
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