EditorialGuy - 4:31 pm on Nov 20, 2013 (gmt 0)
Retailers have been pushed to page 2/3 onwards, which doesn't make sense as when searching for our product one wouldn't really want to see manufacturers. It's the kind of thing one only searches to buy.
On the other hand, there are plenty of product searches where the searchers are looking for information.
For product searches where user intent isn't clear, why shouldn't Google give more weight to manufacturers' pages? The information searchers will be happier if they don't have to dig through a passel of e-commerce results to find what they were looking for, and the prospective buyers can either search more precisely or click on the ads (which are hard to miss).