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NEW: How to use OPSkins Advanced Search Functions

We’ve made some changes to the Advanced Search functionality on our site, and we’d like to take a few minutes to walk you through them.

These changes affect only the Search section within Advanced Search and so it affects any game you’re searching on OPSkins. You can use these functions along with the other search options in the Advanced Search box, such as price Range.

Here’s an abbreviated list of all available functionalities, and below that a detailed breakdown of each one:

Advanced Search Functionalities on OPSkins

 + signifies AND operation
| signifies OR operation
- negates a single token
" wraps a number of tokens to signify a phrase for searching
* at the end of a term signifies a prefix query
~N after a word signifies edit distance (fuzziness)

How to use Advanced Search Functionalities on OPSkins

1) + signifies AND operation
This one is easy. Put + between two terms and it’ll search listings that include both terms. For example searching CS:GO for knife + doppler or knife+doppler will bring up all listings including both terms such as Gut Knife | Doppler, StatTrak Gut Knife | Doppler, Flip Knife | Doppler etc.

2) | signifies OR operation

This functionality is important to pay attention to because the vertical line is not only a search command, it’s also a character in some item names in games like CS:GO, PAYDAY 2, and Killing Floor 2. To get the search result you want, you’ll want to make sure you’re using it properly. 

So in our Advanced Search, | means OR and that’s only the case if there are no spaces between the terms and the vertical line. So for example searching nova|antique will find you all listings with the words nova OR antique:

However searching nova | antique (with spaces between the terms and the vertical line) behaves as if the vertical line wasn’t there at all, and will instead treat the search as if it were nova antique.

3) - negates a single token
Another easy one. Using - before a term means that term will NOT appear in search results. So searching gut knife -doppler -slaughter will show all gut knives except dopplers and slaughters.

4) " wraps a number of tokens to signify a phrase for searching

Using quotation marks before and after a term will generate results that include only that exact term. So let’s go back to our earlier nova example and search nova "hyper beast". This will generate all Nova | Hyper Beast listings including StatTrak items. But searching "hyper beast" will also include the M4A1-S | Hyper Beast, the AWP | Hyper Beast, the StatTrak™ Five-SeveN | Hyper Beast etc.

5) * at the end of a term signifies a prefix query

Using * at the end of a term will generate any results where characters appear after the term. For example, if you’re searching in PUBG items for pleated* then all Pleated Mini Skirts will appear, whereas searching mini* will show any Mini Skirt:

Alternatively, searching purple* will show any purple PUBG items including skirts, jackets, slacks etc:

6) ~N after a word signifies edit distance (fuzziness)

Put ~ and a number after a word to tell the Advanced Search engine how closely you want the results to match that term. If you were to search CS:GO items for hyper~2 it would show not only results containing the word Hyper, but also results with words that are two characters off, such as in this case Viper, since you indicated a fuzziness of two with the ~2. Also, M4A1~1 would show you all M4A1 and M4A4 skins because you’re allowing the term to be off by one character, whereas M4A1~2 will also result in those skins plus the AK-47 | Orbit Mk01 since that item name contains M_ _ 1 and you indicated a fuzziness of two.

Let us know if you have any questions about the new search functionalities in our Advanced Search update, we’re happy to help. What do you think of the new search options? Tell us in the comments.

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