Post by weary flake
The new normal is that searching at amazon is unreliable;
it has low quality engineering. It's bad at searching
for something even that you already know about about, you may
need a UPC number to enter in the search field to
find it at amazon, and amazon prefers to conceal UPC numbers
and catalog numbers. For finding other things, it steers
you away from what things you're looking for. It has removed
most sound samples, eliminated search fields, like for label,
made reviews unseparable when they are multiple products
jammed together, it shows wildly inaccurate results when you
try to sort by product date, deleted millions of forum posts, etc.
Amazon's search engine is garbage. It often won't find what you are
looking for, instead bringing up things that are related (same
composer, artist or whatever) or not related at all.
A lot of the problems with Amazon searches result from third-party
sellers uploading their inventory which is stored in Excel or similar
files where the way they have things categorized can be totally
different from the way that the default listing for an item has been
created by Amazon itself.
As a result, if the default listing is Symphonie Fantastique by
Berlioz with (Colin Davis) as conductor, you will get other listings
like Berlioz Symphonie Davis, Berlioz Symphony, Symphony Davis --
Berlioz, etc., and each one of these will be a separate product
Considering Amazon uses an icon for Google Chromecast with their Prime
Video app, for which I'm sure they're paying Google some royalty, I
don't know why they just can't admit defeat and pay Google to use
their search engine, where you can be pretty slack typing things, even
with spelling mistakes, and it will still find what you want.
There is yet more stupidity with Amazon searching and other things
Have you noticed that some items don't have prices, giving the
impression they are not available -- until you click on them, only to
see the price is some absurd amount? Also, feedback on Amazon is
limited to a very small amount of items per page because they don't
want you to see feedback without a lot of hassle going page by page --
unlike with Ebay where you can easily break down the feedback into
positive, neutral or negative numbers and jump immediately to all of
Recently I had to ask questions of some US-based seller of classical
CDs because his shipping to Canada was $109.00 on many of his items,
which is absurd. I had to enter responses to questions through some
stupid interface which were then sent to the seller. He replied to me
and there was a link which said "Did this solve your problem?" When I
said "No," I was taken to another page where it suggested I should
leave feedback for himr, even though we had not had any business yet.
In order to follow-up his response to my original question, I had to
do a whole new inquiry.