Awarn - 10:02 pm on Oct 3, 2013 (gmt 0)
My issue with this mess is Google never looks to see if the site actually has the product for sale. They come out with do this do that but they don't utilize the data. With products it isn't that hard to tell. If the site has structured data they state right there for Google whether it is in stock. Most places also put N/A or Out of Stock also.
After reading this thread I looked at a competitor for just one category. They list 16 items with all the little write ups (they do well at that). My issue is they have 4 of the 16 items. Rank page 1 number 1. So I look at my site, same category, I list 10 items and have all 10 different products available and in stock (and the structured data that informs Google of that) yet I am 6 slots down. It just appears that Google gets baffled by BS. I get the comments all the time where the customer says you know you are the only one that has that. Oh I know it all too well anymore.