It’s fast approaching that time of year where I’m spending triple-digit sums on crap that people will look at once and then hide in the cupboard until they can find someone else to give it to. I actually quite enjoy spending money on people though, so it’s no big deal.
One thing that does annoy me every year though, is badly designed e-commerce sites. I mean, things have come on in recent years… search features tend to actually work, and products are given various tags and categories. One of my favourite features, seen on the likes of Amazon, Play.com and Boots.com is the ability to narrow down search results or general browsing by clicking on listed categories, price bands, etc.
Unfortunately, what they don’t ever seem to offer is a way to exclude these general sort options. For example, I’m looking on Boots.com for a gift for Anna, and she’s in to girly stuff. I’m looking under “Offers > 3 for 2 Mix & Match on selected Toys & Gifts”, but I want to exclude Toys without having to select one of the other categories. I can’t, which means I’m stuck browsing through page after page of plastic crappy children’s toys.
Of course, the people that need to read this, won’t. And I’ll be here, same time next year, ranting about exactly the same thing…