If you don't know where a certain kind of item is in a store, then you ask someone who works there where it is, right? You can do sort of the same thing on Amazon.com, except you have many more options for narrowing down what you're looking for until you find exactly what you want.
Go to www.amazon.com in your web browser.
Near the top of the screen, you'll see a bar labelled "Search". Click the white box in the middle and type in what you're looking for.
If you think you know the general area that the item will be in, you can also click the grey button to the left of the search bar and select a department to search in from the drop-down menu.
When you're ready to search, click on the Go button to the right of the search bar.
Another thing to note is that as you type in your search terms, Amazon will offer suggestions on what you might be looking for. Click on a suggestion to search for it; results with a department attached to them will search in that specific department.
You'll now see a list of results for the search terms you entered (and from a particular department, if you specified one). Great! There sure are a lot of results, though... how will we know what product is right for us? Fortunately, the left-hand menu contains a bunch of ways to refine your search.
A common one is to narrow down your options by price. Under "Price", click a price range to show only the products that fall within that price range (the faint number next to each range shows you how many results there are in that range). You can also click the left and right boxes with currency signs next to them and type in a minimum and/or maximum price, and then click Go to set a custom price range.
You can also click the drop-down menu in the top-right corner labelled "Sort By" and select Price: Low to High to see the least expensive items first, or click Price: High to Low to see the most expensive options first.
Another option is to filter your results based on who's selling the item. A lot of items are sold by Amazon itself, but a lot of third-party companies and individuals sell things on Amazon, too.
In the left-hand menu, under "Seller", click a person or company's (user) name to see only products being sold by them (the faint number next to the name shows you how many unique items they have that match your search terms). You can then click another seller's name to add their items to your search results, or you can click on a name that already has a check beside it to remove their items from your search results. You can also click See More to see other sellers, if there are more than those listed here.
Finally, if you want to stop looking at items based on who's selling them, click Clear. This will take you back to looking at merchandise that matches your search terms from everyone who's selling it.
Those are a few ways that you can search on Amazon!
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