I suppose somebody else in here must have noticed that a couple months ago Gunbroker decided to “upgrade” their search engine by making it stupifyingly looser and less user-controllable? For whatever reason they decided to do a few things which all are detriments to anyone trying to find anything, and certainly to anyone who was used to, and who appreciated their previously very picky and exacting search engine.
One used to be able to dictate whether they wanted only titles searched (the default mode), or if they wanted titles and descriptions searched, which could open up many many more results, many of them potentially irrelevant. Well now, all searches automatically search titles and descriptions, and thus many results are flooded with nonsense. This makes their “saved-search” feature almost useless since it is emailing me countless hits on nothing of any relevance most of the time. Today for instance, I did a search under the ammunition category for “collection”, which used to return a very handy 20 or 30 results of people selling mixed lots or collections of cartridges. But now, since it is searching the descriptions, it returned over 1700 results since some sellers throw a lot of key words into their descriptions. And you can’t turn it off, it wont allow you to search only titles. This problem can make searching completed auctions mind-numbing because multiply that by around 10 or 12, and you get the past 90 days worth, times the average listing length of 7 days, and you’re drowned in results. It also makes it hard for sellers to have their items found by those who are used to searching for a particular thing.
It used to be that you could differentiate results by searching plural vs singular (their search engine would score “tracer” vs “tracers” as different results), but that’s gone too.
I emailed Gunbroker about this over a month ago, and actually had a pretty lengthy email discussion back & forth with one of their tech people and customer service, but they are convinced they are correct. I ultimately informed them that I suspected their effort was merely a way of creating more clutter pages and causing people to have to click on more results, which in turn would cause more page-opens and more potential accidental clicks on all of the junk banner ads on their website, and that the effort had nothing to do with enhancing anything for the customers. The email replies stopped at that point…