Sometime, when the braintrust at ebaY wasn’t too busy playing on their smartphones, they seem to have found time to further  degrade, err… uhm … I mean enhance the search  and finding experience on ebaY, by removing the often used “Buy It Now” and “Auctions Only” along with the “Products & reviews” ^Beta tabs on search result pages.

Also removed is the drop down “search within category” menu in the search bar and the “include descriptions” checkbox.

Features removed are highlighted with green arrows. Click to enlarge image, opens in new tab or window

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ebaY announced it’s Cassini Search project in  October 2010. (edit <—link deprecated, see here)

Maybe it’s just me, but I think they are losing ground.

I call absolute fail on ebaY’s “new search technologies and initiatives, designed to vastly improve user experiences at the company’s sites”.

The users can only hope this is but another “glitch”or unannounced beta test.

Update 01-10-2013

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I thought I should update this as I had made a mistake originally.

The “Buy it Now” and auction only selections have been placed on the the menubar on the left, under the categories. and changed form from tab to checkbox. I just plain missed that at the time of original post. That’s a location and a visibility level where obviously no one will see it if they don’t scroll down a good ways.

It’s also a major, unannounced change because those features where always right at the top, in tabs for years and years. I can’t ever recall them being anywhere else.

To get title and description in search you now need to click through to advanced search. That isn’t ‘sticky’ anymore. Each time you want to search both title and description you have to go back through advanced search.

There may be other things changed too, and ebay is shuffling these page formats around like chipmunks on crack. I thought I had seen one other version where those checkboxes were on top of the category links, so ymmv.

You can find plenty of valid complaints on the search and technical issues forums, and note here that the wildcard (*) asterisk  feature removal “score” is a telling minus 281 out of 289 votes [-281 rating,  289 votes]