Re: amazon search

Monte Single

I just visited the amazonsite again;  by default,  I end up at the site as that’s where I am.

Today I searched for “office 2019”  with and without quotes.

I still end up with hundreds of results including things like


Micro soft office 360.


But today,  I see results there for micro soft office 2019 Pro for 26 bucks.


One was for a cd rom version and another was for just  a key code.


Things are definitely unstable in the jungle!


From: <> On Behalf Of Andy
Sent: May 22, 2021 12:35 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] amazon search


If you put search terms in quotes, it will only search for those words in that order.  in other words, if you search for "Sharman toilet tissue" in quotes, you will only get results related to Sharman toilet tissue.  If you do not use quotes, you will get anything related to Sharman, toilet, and tissue, which probably means that you will get a lot of things that you do not want.




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From: joanne

Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2021 6:37 AM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] amazon search


Amazon started showing me all these extensive searches not related to the item sometime yesterday, and a couple times it even went to some weird Microsoft/bing search.  It's never been hard to search on Amazon, but something weird happened a few times lately and I am going to switch browsers should it happen again. 


From: Gene

Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2021 8:55 AM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] amazon search


On reasonably sophisticated sites, searches should be sophisticated enough not to need qquotes in most cases.  I didn’t use quotes when I tried searching for what is specified on the site and the search worked as I thought it probably would, showing results for what I wrote without usingg quotes. 


What might the problem be?  I’m not sure but the first thing I would do would be to try another browser in case something, who knows what, went wrong with this one, addware, some sort of other malware that shows lots of results that aren’t wanted, possibly some thing else I don’t know about. 


But places like Amazon and Google are consumer products and design search to work well when used by people who know almost nothing about how to search.  This ability has been an area of concentration and improvement over a good while and is essential for such consumer products. 



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Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2021 7:46 AM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] amazon search


Hi all,

Put your search term in quotes.  That will force the search engine to
look for it as a single string.

Ann P.

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