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'Find It On eBay' searches with pictures instead of words

Great if you don't know how to find what you're looking for.
Rachel England, @rachel_england
October 26, 2017
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Finding stuff you actually want to buy on eBay is getting a whole lot easier thanks to the online shopping site's new Image Search function. Instead of trying every possible search term combination to come up with the exact thing you want, you can now simply upload a photo (Image Search) or click "Find It On eBay" when browsing another website, and the eBay app will surface relevant listings. Find It On eBay is now live on Android, while Image Search is live on both Android and iOS.

The feature uses a deep learning model called a convolutional neural network, which sorts through eBay's billion+ listings to find items based on visual similarity. And as shoppers continue to search with pictures, it gets smarter, improving the results it returns, meaning you'll no longer have to ask strangers where they got their shoes from -- you can just snap a covert picture instead.

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