Someone thought it was potentially a bug that not all items were showing up in Search.
It's not a bug. It's deliberate."Laura from lauramhood says
I want to share the same response I posted in a separate thread for anyone that did not see it...
Thanks for the questions. I I can confirm that the behavior you're seeing is not a bug, rather, we're testing a different type of experience with a small percentage of visitors to Etsy.
I'm unable to share specific details during the test because it could potentially influence the results, but please be rest assured that only a low number of visitors are seeing this test and we're monitoring the results very closely with all types of sellers and buyers in mind.
would you do this?!? As a buyer, I'd want to be able to see ALL
of my options, not have them arbitrarily picked over for me before hand! Why does Etsy think I need a shopping experience chosen by them instead of by ME
? Why does Etsy think ANYONE
wants their shopping experience picked and chosen FOR
As a seller who regularly buys supplies and such on Etsy, this is absurd! Why is Etsy arbitrarily deciding what I should see instead of me doing that for myself?
Are they trying to drive sellers off the site? Because if their listings are going to be hidden for no real reason, then that's what's going to happen.
I really do not understand this 'test' whatsoever, all it's going to do is hurt sellers in the long run.
And also, how is this not considered a form of Bait and Switch? Which is ILLEGAL
. Pay for something, expect to get that specific something and instead get something completely different?
We pay for our items to be listed in search and viewable by anyone who comes to the site for 4 months at a time.
If they are deliberately hiding a significant number of listings, then we are NOT
getting what we are paying for!
I do not understand the thinking behind Etsy anymore. First the test combining OUR SHIPPING WITH OUR ITEM COSTS
- which confuses the hell out of everyone, as well as shows incorrect pricing on sites such as Wanelo. Then the beta test a new Forum format which looks gods awful and takes away anyone who's muted's ability to report a violation there. And is apparently being streamlined for those with smartphones- iphones and androids only! No Windows phones or Blackberrys or any other smartphones need apply!- and ipads.
And there's the new listing page beta test which shows exactly ONE
photo of a listing and isn't clear that there are others or that there may be shipping to other places than what is shown. Oh and changing the autopay to default to the credit card on file INSTEAD
of the paypal account that had been selected as the payment processor- THAT
screwed a lot of people up and they never once mentioned it until it was brought up in the bugs forum.
And who the devil knows what other tests they're running that we haven't found out about yet.
It's just... ugh.