Finding the product you need is a breeze using our intuitive search screen.  The first important thing to remember is that you do not have to fill in all of the fields.  Most often, you will only want to fill in one or maybe two of the search fields.  Only use more criteria if you are looking for a very specific item in our catalog.  Here are some more helpful tips for searching our database:

The category is whatever the item actually is.  Usually, if you take away all of the adjectives, you'll be left with the category.  For example, a "ballpoint pen" would be in the "pens" category.  Similarly, a "waterproof flashlight" would be in the "flashlights" category.  If you don't know the exact type of item you're looking for, leave the category field blank and type in one or more keywords.

If you do not know what specific item you want, try a theme search to locate products that are related to your intended use.  If you aren't looking for a particular theme, leave this field blank.  You may also choose a theme and add keywords to narrow your search.

A keyword can be any characteristics of the item.  Usually adjectives make great keywords.  For example, if you searching for a ballpoint pen, "ballpoint" would be a keyword. Similarly, if you are looking for a waterproof flashlight, "waterproof" would be a keyword.
If you list multiple words in the keyword field, the search engine will return products that match all of the specified words anywhere in their keywords or descriptions.  To search for a specific phrase, enclose the phrase in double quotes (e.g., "METAL FINISH").
For advanced searches, you can join multiple keywords together with "AND" and "OR" (without the quotes).  "AND" will require both of the words to be present (default) and "OR" will only require one of the words to be present. You can also tell the system to ignore certain keywords by preceding it with "NOT" (without the quotes).  For example, "WATERPROOF AND NOT METAL" would make sure that the item is waterproof but would specifically ignore any items that are metal.  You can also use parentheses to signify which connectors go with which words.  For example, " (WATERPROOF OR "WATER RESISTANT") AND PLASTIC" would locate flashlights that are plastic and are also either waterproof or water resistant.  Note that WATER RESISTANT has quotes around it since it is a phrase.  Lastly, the asterisk can be used for wildcard matching.  For example, "MET*" will find all items with keywords that begin with the letters M-E-T.

Color should be used if you want to specify the actual item color.  You can use "AND", "OR", "NOT", parentheses, quotes, and the asterisk in the colors area just like you can in the keywords field.

The item number field should be used to locate products that we recommend to you.  You can also use this field to recall products that you've previously found in our catalog.  These codes are sometimes also referred to as SPCs.  You can enter in multiple item numbers by separateing them with a comma.  If you fill in this field, you should leave all of the other fields blank.

The price range specifies the lowest and/or highest price that you're willing to pay for the item.   Your price should be entered in dollars.  For example, "5" would be recognized as $5.  To specify cents, you must make sure to use a decimal point.   For example, if you were looking for items between 10 and 60 cents, you would put ".10" and ".60" in the lowest and highest price fields respectively.  If you want the search results to be sorted from lowest price to highest price, click the "Sort By Price" box.