Frequently Asked Questions

1. Question: What’s makes WindmillsForElectricity.com so special, why shouldn’t I go straight to the source by searching on eBay myself?

Answer: I’m glad you asked. one good reason to let us help you is that we are very familiar with the facilities there. In order to provide quick and accurate results, we purchased a custom “engine” to drive searches from this site. This tool is called an “applications programming interface” or API, which accurately and quickly interfaces with eBay to pull back currently running auctions in the category you requested.

If you were to attempt searching through eBay directly, we know from experience that it would take longer. For example, you would have to key in your search string. That’s not a problem, but we know from experience, it is only human nature that many searches are formatted or spelled incorrectly, and would yield misleading or often incorrect results. Using our interface prevents that from happening in many situations, and will bring you the most accurate results possible in the shortest amount of time.

Additionally, we have constructed a listing of the most common searches in this niche, many of which you might not have thought about, adding to the power at your fingertips, and yielding better results. To start those other searches, the side bar on every page of this site contains the list of common searches. Our visitors also find that clicking is much faster than typing and then clicking.

Lastly, the API that we utilize in some situations is able to filter out items that would not be of interest. For example, if you were doing a query for a “green widget”, the native eBay search would return things like green widget repair manual, green widget belt buckles, etc., and bury what you’re looking for with dozens of pages. Our API will generally not return as many extra items.

Since accurate results are of primary importance when attempting to make a major purchase like this, we feel that our API was money well spent, and hope you also agree. That being said, if you ever need to do a customized search that isn’t listed on this site, you can simply navigate to the eBay site from the bottom of the auction table, that says “View All Items On eBay” and go from there.

2. Question: What if I’m not currently registered with eBay? Can I still use this site?

Answer: Of course. Many of our visitors are not currently registered with eBay, and use our site and the eBay listings provided, purely for research in order to come to buying decisions, sometimes even making the eventual purchase locally offline. In that case, you don’t need to register with eBay but you’re welcome to use this site as a research tool.

On the other hand, if you see something you would like to purchase, you do need to be registered with eBay before you place your bid. Doing so is an easy, quick, and free process. Just click on the “register” button on the top of the page you’re on at the eBay site. It will lead you through the process.

3. Question: Is there a charge to use your site? Is there a charge to use the eBay site?

Answer: No, there is no charge in either case. The only charges eBay assesses is to the sellers of the merchandise, and use of this site is always free.

4. Question: Are you associated with the sellers of the items that are shown? In other words, are you giving preferred placement to some sellers, in which case I would be missing out on the best deals?

Answer: We are not associated or affiliated with any of the sellers. Even if there were a small chance that some day we would be listing an item ourselves that matches your query, the API that we use would not distinguish our auctions from those of the other 25 million or so eBay sellers, so no preferred placement would be given.