I've been having the hardest time finding anything on amazon lately.
I want to buy Strawberry Jam to get my order up to the free shipping amount. So I type in "strawberry jam" (without the quotes) and ...
The first two results are for huckleberry and wildberry jams
Then 5 strawberry jams (3 of them tiny single-serving packs). Peanut butter (okay, I guess that's sort of related), then two more strawberry jams (one a single serving pack). That's it. The rest of page is useless. Mixed berries, different berries, blueberries, raspberry, currents, parmesan cheese shaker, Tim Hortons Hot cocoa powder mix, Nutella, Kimchi! mini-wheats, kraft dinner, various chocolate bars and cookies (none of which contain strawberries or jam), and a 6-pack of tinned tuna (which looks kind of good actually).
I need to find some Mason brand canning lids, but no matter how I search, they don't come up. Just other sizes. sigh.
That is strange I just typed Strawberry Jam into UK amazon If i leave it sorted by featured it's strawberry jam all the way down.
Switching to Amazon.ca the search is not as good the first result is poptarts, but after that there's a few strawberry jams before it switches to nutella, hot chocolate, parmasan and tea! I can see your problem!
I have been finding over the past several years that search engines in general have become less efficient and useful, not more so. It appears as though the notion of "fuzzy matching" has been expanded to routinely make searches include things that are irrelevant and leave the user to wade through a horrible signal to noise ratio looking for what used to be the first rank of results. Or perhaps it's more to do with advertisers paying to have their entry appear first, even though your search for "strawberry jam" does not include the words in their ad for canning supplies.... :(
Experience from the States is about the same as what Skandi R described. Searching "Poutine" at Amazon.ca gives me an amazing array of choices, but not so many when searching Amazon.com. "Strawberry Jam" at Amazon.com is pretty packed with choices.
“The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.”― Albert Einstein
It is mediocre when you know exactly what you want. I need gf / vegan groceries, for example, and sometimes it gives me everything but that. Or when I was searching for barefoot boots, it gave me tons of thick soles shoes. Sometimes I wish they had a hard exclude option or non negotiable checkbox.
Its fuzzy searching can actually be nice when you don't know. I've had really good luck finding some things this past year when I wasn't sure what something was called.
Sorry about your jam. :(
I'm talking about .com so the grass is greener but not vibrant...
Ha! I switched to Amazon Canada and got the weird bunch of stuff you got! It IS a Canada problem...I think quite closely related to y’all’s love of toques and that weird game with the brooms and the rock thing with the handle....eh?
Some improvement if I put quotes round the whole search term.
I’m puzzled by the canning jar lid size thing though. All the regular lids Ive had are the same size, from different makers, and all the wide mouth lids. The only weird one is Gem size. People (like my DH) often buy them by mistake instead of wide mouth, and then try to sell them on FB 😀
I believe Amazon, Google, and Firefox (+other browsers) keep track of searches so explains everyone's different search results. I use linux, Firefox, and Google. If the following works please let me know.
Amazon.com and Amazon.ca searches had many useless results when done directly on Amazon.ca however Amazon.com was slightly better.
Here is a successful Google Images search using quotes and excluding Pinterest.
""strawberry jam" or "strawberry preserves" amazon.ca" -pinterest
the worst "contaminant" was how to make strawberry jam
Here is a successful Amazon.ca direct search for mason jar lids correct size. Using no quotes
mason jar lids 70
For wide mouth replace 70 with 86
Hoo hoo hoo! Looks like we got a live one! Here, wave this tiny ad at it: