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Old 07-05-2012, 11:08 AM   #21
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Google also has a habit of keeping info on the sites you visit.

This is "suppose" to channel responses to your preferences and assist you by presenting other sites that "align" with your lifestyle.

Bing has not started that yet from what I understand.

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Ok. This is something I do (search) 2-3 times a week for. I believe it was either Saturday or Sunday that I did my usual search and for every item, received the message "item _____ not found". At that point, I just assumed that there was a problem with google. Tried again a few hours later and got the same message. I then received a pop-up from google about the changes being made. One of those "read more" or "dismiss" type messages that pop up anytime they make a change to their privacy policy or anything like that. I saw where it said "due to blah blah blah google shopping will no longer display items such as firearms, etc." So, what I did was a google search for what I discovered and the link I posted was the first thing that popped up.

You can see how I came to the conclusion that this was in fact, true. I was not trying to create a panic. But you are correct. What I should have done was ask if anyone else had noticed this instead of getting mad and coming straight here to rant. And all I can say about the whole thing now is "what the hell?". It was probably just user error but when I discovered that link, I was thinking "Holy sh1t. This is real!".

I apologize for wasting precious moments of you all's lives. Lol. Carry on.

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This is pretty much the exact message I saw on google. You can see how this was confusing. It's clear as mud, right?
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Google also has a habit of keeping info on the sites you visit.

This is "suppose" to channel responses to your preferences and assist you by presenting other sites that "align" with your lifestyle.

Bing has not started that yet from what I understand.
It's called "cookies". ALL search engines have them, and use them. Which is why under internet options you can delete cookies. You can also disable cookies, which means no one keeps info on what you visit, other than your search history.
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This is pretty much the exact message I saw on google. You can see how this was confusing. It's clear as mud, right?
You know, instead of ranting and raving that you can't use the shopping tab to find gun stuff (which still isn't 100% true), use the regular search. You'll get WAY more hits (even before the restrictions Google put on).
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Just out of curiosity I went on the Google shopping tab, typed 'gun dealers' in the category 'Sports & Outdoors,' and got this:

<Found it! Showing 1 - 30 of 27,434 matches, Sorted by>

It's not all firearms, but there are are lot of guns listed.
I must be missing something in the discussion. If so, I apologize.

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You know, instead of ranting and raving that you can't use the shopping tab to find gun stuff (which still isn't 100% true), use the regular search. You'll get WAY more hits (even before the restrictions Google put on).

That's not true. The shopping feature was much more useful for "shopping". If you searched 45 acp you'd get all the stores and prices to quickly find who had what in stock and the best sales price on it.

If you do a regular google search on 45 acp you just get random 45 acp hits which are a mix of informational links, articles that mention 45acp and stores that carry, but the price doesn't pop up nor the extensive quick list of exactly what's in stock where.

Bing shopping does just about as good. When I want cowboy ammo, I search on "38 special lrn" and it gives me only ammo hits for lead round nose cowboy ammo, stock and price to quickly find the best deal.

Bing search and Bing maps work just as good too. Bing gets all my business now because they don't have the far-left political agendas that google is pushing.
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Just out of curiosity I went on the Google shopping tab, typed 'gun dealers' in the category 'Sports & Outdoors,' and got this:

<Found it! Showing 1 - 30 of 27,434 matches, Sorted by>

It's not all firearms, but there are are lot of guns listed.
I must be missing something in the discussion. If so, I apologize.
You are missing something. If you didn't use google shopping before it may be hard to tell the difference. Google has shut off the product feeds for all the guns and ammo vendors. They've also blocked many gun "terms" outright in the shopping feature. It used to be a very powerful shopping tool.
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Google has the right to support, or refuse to support, through their advertising policy, any position it chooses. You have the right to use any search engine you choose. Where is the problem?

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Google has the right to support, or refuse to support, through their advertising policy, any position it chooses. You have the right to use any search engine you choose. Where is the problem?
Very good point.
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