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Aliexpress new "advanced search" sucks a lot!
« on: January 01, 2016, 11:37:46 am »
As we know, all software is getting better and better with every new version (so much better that many users are afraid of updating their tools they like).  Seems Aliexpress took that "new is better" too a fucked up the search tool, hard.

Don't tell me, I have to browse the tens or hundreds of pages manually, to find a suitable offer with specific quantity (pcs/lot).

Someone at Aliexpress really must have had a good brainfuck.

I have also tried asking their support centre, they seemed they even don't knew the quantity field is not there.

What a great start into the 2016. 
 

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Re: Aliexpress new "advanced search" sucks a lot!
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2016, 01:40:23 pm »
Sounds like they poached the same team who developed eBay's super new mobile app.
 

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Re: Aliexpress new "advanced search" sucks a lot!
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2016, 02:01:43 pm »
Aliexpress's search interface has always been in a constant state of weird breakage and random changes, (actually a lot of the site is, there's bunches of 404s and a mixture of old and new interfaces)

Seems to depend which way the wind is blowing as to exactly what search options or ui or language you get on any given day.

But yes, i noticed that qty search had disappeared in the last couple days.  Show price per piece used to be the option that most frequently went walkabout.

Taobao, Tmall and most alibaba's other sites are similarly bonkers in terms of random changes, breakages, and labyrinthine navigation (especially taobao... gah, so confusing!), probably a China thing.
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Re: Aliexpress new "advanced search" sucks a lot!
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2016, 02:24:07 pm »
It amazes me that IT these days seems to have abandoned the principles of considered design, construction and testing.  At least that's how it appears when the public end up being beta testers for a supposedly 'released' bit of software.

Just because changes can be made quickly and easily doesn't mean they should.  Getting it right has always been high on my implementation checklist.  But most people would probably consider me a fussy old fart.
 

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Re: Aliexpress new "advanced search" sucks a lot!
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2016, 02:29:39 pm »
But dissappearance of the QTY search is a problem. I don't have time nor am I willing to spend hours clicking pages to find what I want.  :rant:

The price per piece is also useless, if one cannot list i.e. only 10pcs/lot offers. Garbagge...  :palm:

They have added also another useless garbagge: Some bars are sometimes showing up, say how many people (in %) has bought this in which price range.

But there's no QTY search! Oh come on, aliexpress...

Considering also that the actual delivery delay is about f*king 2 months in here and only about 2/3 of the items gets really delivered... who knows who to blame, but combined with the QTY search term missing, aliexpress has now really pissed me off.  :(
 

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Re: Aliexpress new "advanced search" sucks a lot!
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2016, 04:23:19 pm »
It amazes me that IT these days seems to have abandoned the principles of considered design, construction and testing.  At least that's how it appears when the public end up being beta testers for a supposedly 'released' bit of software.

Just because changes can be made quickly and easily doesn't mean they should.  Getting it right has always been high on my implementation checklist.  But most people would probably consider me a fussy old fart.
Yup, we've seen a perverse paradox in IT the past few years. On the one hand, companies are realizing the value of good UX. But on the other hand, companies have been widely embracing "agile" (lowercase, in quotes) development "strategies". I put that in quotes because Agile (uppercase, without quotes) is actually a formalized software development methodology, but nearly all companies that adopt "agile" actually just mean "no formal software development strategy at all, just roll shit out fast, documentation and testing be damned".
 

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Re: Aliexpress new "advanced search" sucks a lot!
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2016, 06:12:58 am »
I made a tampermonkey (maybe greasemonkey) userscript to put the quantity search fields back in place

  https://gist.github.com/sleemanj/95035bf2c0141ac72420/raw/aliexpress-qty-search-fix.js


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Re: Aliexpress new "advanced search" sucks a lot!
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2016, 09:51:59 am »
ive never had any problems with aliexpress search
MORE POWER!
 

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Re: Aliexpress new "advanced search" sucks a lot!
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2016, 09:15:54 pm »
Hey, but have you even read this thread, before posting?

It is not about "having a problem", but a clearly exact issue, that some significant feature is now missing.

But never mind, my Aliexpress account is now blocked and I will not shary any sensitive personal documents with them to buy few dollar crap with 60% chance it ever arrives and 2month delivery delays. I am done with them.
 

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Re: Aliexpress new "advanced search" sucks a lot!
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2016, 08:52:24 am »
How can I search items that are, like on eBay, "for parts or not working"?
 

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Re: Aliexpress new "advanced search" sucks a lot!
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2016, 11:53:22 am »
How can I search items that are, like on eBay, "for parts or not working"?

Aliexpress isn't for that sort of suff (there is some used/salvaged components, but even those are not typically listed as such),.
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Re: Aliexpress new "advanced search" sucks a lot!
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2016, 12:17:28 pm »
Ah, OK.
 

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Re: Aliexpress new "advanced search" sucks a lot!
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2016, 01:57:44 am »
I made a tampermonkey (maybe greasemonkey) userscript to put the quantity search fields back in place

  https://gist.github.com/sleemanj/95035bf2c0141ac72420/raw/aliexpress-qty-search-fix.js
Your script works good, thanks. ;D
 

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Re: Aliexpress new "advanced search" sucks a lot!
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2016, 03:46:54 am »
I made a tampermonkey (maybe greasemonkey) userscript to put the quantity search fields back in place

  https://gist.github.com/sleemanj/95035bf2c0141ac72420/raw/aliexpress-qty-search-fix.js
Hi !
Could you please add "Exclude words:" feature to your script ? This very useful option is disappeared now too...
 

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Re: Aliexpress new "advanced search" sucks a lot!
« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2016, 10:33:39 pm »
did you folks have to go through sending photographs of your id to setup alipay?
 

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Re: Aliexpress new "advanced search" sucks a lot!
« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2017, 11:46:43 pm »
I posted an updated version my tampermonkey script today to another thread, it adds price per piece display now (calculated in javascript so works for items that are "1 piece" in the data but actually "10 pcs" in the title for example, and includes shipping cost.

https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/aliexpress-11-11-sale-(nov-11)-27-discount-on-a-dph3205-but-wait/msg1347886/#msg1347886
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Re: Aliexpress new "advanced search" sucks a lot!
« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2017, 07:50:51 am »
Web design in general is so terrible these days, too much javascript garbage that slows the page down and only serves to annoy you.  Try using Home Depot or Canadian Tire's search omg.  You end up having to retype what you're searching for as it's doing some weird crap in the background that causes it to keep reloading as you type.  Super annoying.

Aliexpress is also super annoying with their modal popup for each and every page.  I don't even go on there anymore because of that.  Too frustrating.
 

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Re: Aliexpress new "advanced search" sucks a lot!
« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2017, 07:00:18 pm »
Interesting, I noticed the popup happens only in some countries. Luckily, not in our.

Also, you can escape the popup using escape key. Helps a lot to decrease the frustration and annoyment (is that a real word?).
 


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