Ebay removes wildcard/boolean searches

Discussion in 'Transformers On Ebay' started by godbomber, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. godbomber

    godbomber Henkei != Hentai

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    Ebay:
    Got the following email from eBay:


    You're receiving this email because we noticed that you are using a wildcard (search terms with a *) in one or more of your saved searches in My eBay.

    Starting on November 5, we will no longer support wildcard searches. We encourage you to revise your saved searches to whole words without the *.

    Why are we making this change?

    We've made many recent improvements to our search capabilities on eBay that now take into account many spelling variations. This has helped us to offer better search results to our buyers and sellers.

    However, after November 5, your wildcard searches will not return the same results you're used to seeing. This means that you may possibly miss out on the new and recently-listed items that you're used to seeing in your saved searches in My eBay and in the emails that we send to you.

    Here's how to revise your saved search terms

    Replace any * in a wildcard search term with whole words.

    EXAMPLE: Replace "Floral silk scar*" with "Floral silk scarf"

    You can also include various spellings in a single search term by adding it in parentheses, with each additional term separated by a comma.

    EXAMPLE: Replace "Floral silk scar*" with "Floral silk (scarf, scarfs, scarves)"

    You can also exclude items from the results for your saved search by adding a "-(items to be excluded)".

    EXAMPLE: Replace "Porcelain minifigur* -lot*" with " Porcelain (minifigure, minifigurines) -(lot, lots)"

    Please update your saved searches today, so you can stay on top of the things you're most interested in finding on eBay.

    Thanks for shopping on eBay!


    Yeah, this is going to be swell :thumbdown 
     
  2. Kaijumaster

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    bull honkery they've improved their search on spelling....
     
  3. David Hingtgen

    David Hingtgen Chromaticon

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    That absolutely doesn't work when searching for things that have model numbers/designations, and not "words" as a name.

    I seriously doubt that ebay's search program knows that the "variations" for the SD40 are the SD40-2, SD40T-2, and SD40-2W.
     
  4. RoboticPlanet

    RoboticPlanet Exclusively Exclusive

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    Similarly, this causes problems with dates; 198* is a good search to avoid newer versions of, say, Optimus Prime.

    This is one of the worst changes in eBay's history IMO, and screws up about 30 searches I keep saved on an RSS feed aggregator site. In fact, most times I search eBay, I use the wildcard to catch misspellings and alternative spelling eBay's crappy word-completion/correction algorithm is sure to miss.