New Etsy Search Feature Can Drive Traffic Out of Sellers Shops
UPDATE FROM ETSY::
Hi all, thank you for the report. We have been running a number of experiments today around search suggestions. Some of these experiments are of little use within shops, so in light of the discussion here we have turned them off on shop pages for now. Sorry for the confusion!
If you do a little shopping on Etsy you will notice a search feature while you are in a shop that is showing and suggesting items from other shops. Go to the home page of a shop and click the search “This Shop”.
As soon as you start to type items will appear with links and pictures. These are not items from this shop, but suggestions for items from other shops. This will confuse shoppers and the seller that brought that buyer to their shop may lose a sale. While these pictures are not actually clickable at this time, the question of copyright and who made these items can be raised.
Not until you hit the search button to you actually get the results you were looking for
Here is another example from BriguysGirls . She has over 200 items in the personalized jewelry search , but they don’t show up until you hit that search button.
Here is an Etsy forum thread on the topic : here
How do you feel about this feature?