EditorialGuy - 3:06 pm on Jul 4, 2013 (gmt 0)
I don't know about anyone else here, but lately I have been using another search engine to locate items/information that I am looking for online.
I think it's important to distinguish between "items" and "information." If I want to search for a book, I'll probably go to Amazon. If I want to search for a computer part, I'll probably go to an electronics site. If I want to order outdoor gear, I'll go to the same co-op that has been selling me outdoor gear since 1971. If I want to buy a camera, there's a big photo retailer that I always use. I don't need Google, Bing, DuckGoGo, etc. to help me find who sells books, computer parts, outdoor gear, or cameras.
On the other hand, when I want information (which may or may not be related to a purchase), I'll go to Google. After all, Google is far better at sorting and organizing Web content than it is at sorting and organizing Web retailers.
Of course, there are times when a search engine can be helpful for e-commerce searches. If I'm looking for something esoteric (say, custom-made booties for Bearded Collies, or a part for a 1953 Iso Isetta), I'm more likely to find what I need from an a mom-or-pop Web site in Google than at Amazon or Newegg. And Google is likely to show decent results because there won't be a million generic drop-shippers serving up boilerplate copy for Beardie booties or Isetta parts. Even though my searches may be "transactional" in such cases, Google will be able to deliver adequate (or better) results because those results will be based on unique site content.