|Mon Oct 22 2012 12:53:32|
What Do You Think of eBay Eliminating Wildcard Searches?
By: Julia Wilkinson
| eBay is in the process of making changes to its advanced search feature that will not allow "wildcard searching," where a user could put in an asterisk (*) into their search terms to serve as a catch-all, according to an article by Ina today. She pointed out that some eBay users may not use advanced search, but many eBay buyers (and sellers) have numerous "saved searches" set up to help them find items as soon as they are listed.|
Personally, I use the "wildcard" search method frequently on eBay, but not usually as a "saved search." I've been using it recently to find inventory based on a certain year or decade, and this wildcard feature is a huge help in that regard. So I'm curious to know, how many of you use the wildcard feature with Advanced Search, and what do you think of this change?
The change was made to "deliver search results more efficiently and faster," said eBay spokesperson Ryan Moore, and he added that "wildcard searches...oftentimes included unexpected variations that cluttered search results."
Umm...right...it includes unexpected variations; isn't that part of the whole point? We're not sure what items are out there using part of our search terms, so we want to search on just part and see what else comes up attached to it? I understand eBay wanting search to be fast and efficient, but I don't see the point of disallowing wildcard searches anywhere. I think people who know enough to do these wildcard searches can handle any "unexpected variations." Heck, they may even like those unexpected variations!
(Lest this post be chalked up as more "whining," I'd like to point out I gave a thumbs-up to eBay's recent streamlining of its checkout process, with two clicks).
Do you use it with "saved searches," or in other ways? Do you use it more as a buyer or seller? And how much of an impact will this have on you either way? Post a comment here!
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