Is this really the top comment on this thread? And I thought HN had come so far.
This is an amazing website! Kudos to the creator(s).
It's exactly the way I wish I could browse Amazon, and since it's currently swallowing the HN firehose, I'm impressed that it's up and working. Given that it's so useful I will actually use it for shopping from now on, I feel like we can definitely cut it some slack on its day-one execution.
Post the ratings. Post the ratings ratios (4-5 vs 1). Post the top 5 per budget. Grab user photos/videos and let the user click through them on the product image. Interface with the amazon API for pricing trends (like camelcamelcamel).
I strongly prefer to purchase items that are either sold directly from Amazon or "Fulfilled by Amazon" items if at all possible. Part of the reason is that it seems like my name and address (and possibly other account information) would be sent to the seller when ordering by other methods, I'd like to limit this as much as possible.
Amazon does, but I find their results rather wonky at times. Filtering by rating works fine, but sorting on price seems to rarely work right -- they are often way out of order. Also filtering on price doesn't seem to work very well either.
On this, I would guess the price range categorization makes that more absolute. I would play with it more but I don't really have time right now.
Some or all of the item prices seem to be based on the lowest "Used" price. This is not always ideal -- I am not about to buy a bookcase normally around $50 from the one seller that has it at $12. Being able to exclude used prices would be great.
I searched for "waffle iron" and "tennis racket" and thought the results were pretty spiffy looking.
But I'm a little unclear on the use case for this site. Say I want to buy a waffle iron, so I search for that term and get a list of results. How do I know which one to pick? If
a) I had a hard maximum budget
b) I wanted to get the absolute best product possible in this budget (rather than say best value possible subject to price within budget)
c) When x < y, the best product at $x is always inferior to the best product at $y
then I could just look for the price category just below my budget and pick one of the items there. But none of these assumptions are guaranteed to hold; in fact, in my experience generally all three do not.
It's certainly in the list of things to add, but I'm not confident enough in my backend code to add more complexity just yet. FiveStar will be undergoing a rewrite in August, so I could definitely add it then. Thanks for the feedback!