PHP Cannot get the first listing from a search result in eBay

I am trying to find and open the first result from a search link in eBay. I am using curl to load this web page: Here is a screenshot:

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I am also using the the php_simple_html_dom library to search for DOM elements in the page. Here is my code:

function getWebPage($url){
    $ch = curl_init($url);

    $options = array(
        CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER => true,     // return web page
        // CURLOPT_BINARYTRANSFER => true,
        CURLOPT_HEADER         => false,    // don't return headers
        CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION => true,     // follow redirects
        CURLOPT_ENCODING       => "",       // handle all encodings
        CURLOPT_USERAGENT      => "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/40.0.2214.85 Safari/537.36 ", // who am i
        CURLOPT_AUTOREFERER    => true,     // set referer on redirect
        CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT => 30,      // timeout on connect
        CURLOPT_TIMEOUT        => 30,      // timeout on response
        CURLOPT_MAXREDIRS      => 30,       // stop after 10 redirects
        CURLOPT_FAILONERROR    => true,
        // CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYHOST => false,
        CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER => false,
        // CURLOPT_PROXY           => ''
        CURLOPT_COOKIE         => "npii=btguid/fc03e0021610ab600201584cffbe2cc05c7fecd1^cguid/fc03e74c1610a993a1036300e76f880a5c7fecd1^; nonsession=CgADLAAFansBaMwDKACBkBLrSZmMwM2UwMDIxNjEwYWI2MDAyMDE1ODRjZmZiZTJjYzDyP9R7; AMCVS_A71B5B5B54F607AB0A4C98A2%40AdobeOrg=1; AMCV_A71B5B5B54F607AB0A4C98A2%40AdobeOrg=-1758798782%7CMCIDTS%7C17597%7CMCMID%7C54020616941805210570237619514598619543%7CMCAAMLH-1520956371%7C6%7CMCAAMB-1520956371%7CRKhpRz8krg2tLO6pguXWp5olkAcUniQYPHaMWWgdJ3xzPWQmdj0y%7CMCCIDH%7C-1464329217%7CMCOPTOUT-1520358771s%7CNONE%7CMCAID%7CNONE; dp1=bu1p/QEBfX0BAX19AQA**5c7fecd2^bl/BG5e612052^pbf/#308000100000000000000100020000005e612054^; ebay=%5Esbf%3D%2340400000000010000000000%5Epsi%3DAA%2BADACA*%5E; ds2=sotr/b7pQ5zQMz5zz^; csegs=segs%3Da12; aam_uuid=54029524289082034840234450335155765290"

    curl_setopt_array( $ch, $options );

    $img = curl_exec($ch);
    $errno = curl_errno( $ch );
    $errmsg  = curl_error( $ch );

    $n = 0; //number requests send
    while( $errno != 0 ){
        if($n >= 2){
            //fwrite($fp, $url."\r\n");
            $n = 0;
            $img = null;

        echo $errno." - ".$errmsg . "\nSending again request ...\r\n";
        $errmsg = "";
        // sleep(2);

        $img = curl_exec($ch);
        $errno = curl_errno( $ch );
        $errmsg  = curl_error( $ch );

    return $img;
    $data = getWebPage('');

    if ($data == null) {
        echo "Couldn't download page "."\n";

    $res=$dom->find(".BOLD", 0);

    if($res == null){
         fputcsv('download failed'));
       $totalItems = $res->plaintext;//Get the number of the search results

    $list = $dom->find("li.s-item"); //This finds the class of each listing
    if($list == null){
        echo "List not found at "."\n";
    $max = 5;
    if($totalItems < $max){
        $max = $totalItems;

    for ($i=0; $i < $max; $i++) {
        $id = $list[$i]->listingid;//Get listing id
        $url = $list[$i]->find(".s-item__link", 0); //Get the listing` url

At this point, after debugging, I always get that the total items are 4 and so I get the third result from $list[4] . The idea is to always get the first listing no matter what the number of the results will be. I think the solution is in the DOM elements and the other attributes from the screenshot.

I think this is the issue. You are searching for BOLD items, but, you have a period in the text.

back to using cURL again? and not SImpleHTMLDOM?

Here is one way to target the first result/link:

$html = file_get_html('');
$firstEntry = $html->find('.s-item__link')[0];
$firstEntryLink = $firstEntry->href;
$firstEntryTitle = $html->find('.s-item__link .s-item__title')[0];

echo '<a href="'.$firstEntryLink.'">'.$firstEntryTitle.'</a>';

Thank you for your help, it is ok now!

Hris, great! Always nice to solve a programming puzzle.

And, Whispers, thanks for the better code. Much easier…

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