I gave the Google technique a whirl, and it certainly returns more meaningful results than the store search function. Thing is, the old store search returned results that were more relevant (fewer results), and it showed thumbnails if there were only a few results. That was really helpful. The new one does neither. What the new one does, if you type in more than one word, is give you a list of things that match that description. OK, that’s nice, but then you click on one of those things in the list, and instead of taking you direct to a specific item that has that description, it re-runs the search with those terms entered, with an OR in between all of the terms. If you enter ‘Loin Cloth’ for example, and then click on the Loin Cloth in the pop up list, you get 1170 results, one of which is the Millennium Girls’ Clothing Ensemble! I guarantee you the Millennium Girls’ Clothing Ensemble does not include a loin cloth… Take the 1170 results for Loin Cloth and sort by release date, you get ... Short Order Cook for Genesis?
Unfortunately, if you use Google, it also returns results from the forums, which is not necessarily what you want when doing a store search. What’s aggravating about the store search is that the list that pops up after you enter one or more words in the search box may contain the names of actual items, but clicking on a list element does not take you straight to the item with that name. It runs another search. I say it’s broken and needs to be fixed.