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Discussion in 'Bailey's' started by 2dogs, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. 2dogs

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    The new website looks good. The old site did not work well for me so I simply ordered from another vendor. If your service returns to what it was years ago I'll be back. I do hope so.
     
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    I hope so as well.
     
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    I think their new site is pretty badly designed. No obvious order to their products and the search function simply doesn’t work. It’s my first time trying to purchase from them, and between the horrible customer service and their bad website, I am looking elsewhere.
     
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    it is pretty sad. but they must be selling a butt load of stuff. I got different answers on a saw, from discontinued, not in stock, to we have 40 of them for the same saw. its weird, but is what it is I guess. I also got 2 different prices with no sales going. they actually did me a favor, I was buying out of want vs need and the extra 100 increase less than 24 hours later put that fire out.
     
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    Overall a nice design, just a couple issues I've had with the new site:
    • I like the old bar and chain selectors, used those primarily.
    • Slow load times
    • http://baileysonline.com doesn't seem to work, but https://www.baileysonline.com does work albeit slow.
    • All the bar and chain images take up a lot of space and I can scroll the page horizontally - I don't need the picture of the box, I like the way the chain details are presented in the paper catalog. Might convince me to try different chain, etc.
     
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    I'm a software engineer and sadly I see a lot of bad web site designs. The old one worked. This one needed more QA before you switched to it.

    The chainsaw chain selector is gone! Sure you can click on chains under the selectors menu and you get a page with some chains on it but the selector's not there. This was literally the best thing on the web site and it's broken now. The bar selector has the same problem, the page shows a random selection of bars but not the actual selector. The selectors with their extensive databases were a major advantage that Bailey's had over other on line stores.

    The menus are impossible to navigate because they pop up when you hover over them. For example, I want to see chainsaw chain. I hover over "chainsaws" on the main menu bar and it pops up a menu which has "chainsaw chains" a couple items down. But if I move the pointer towards that, as soon as it crosses the top item "chainsaws" that pops up a sub menu over the original menu, keeping me from getting to the chains item. This is on firefox. Ok, I found a way to make it work- there's a tiny slice of the underlying menu that I can get at. But it's still poor usability. The second level menus need to be placed with more offset so you can see the first level underneath. Or better, make the menu items clickable rather than popping up when you hover over them. Just because there's a spiffy UI feature, you don't have to use it.

    The main page should match the current browser width, not be wider with a scroll bar. I'm using a laptop and there's a part of the page that's off the screen to the right. The designer did their work on a large screen and didn't bother to check with a laptop. Actually it looks like its a problem on every page- the page is always slightly wider than the browser window.

    The search function needs improvement. For example I navigate to the chainsaw pants section, then select the "long" pants. It shows me one pant which does not come in long lengths, and I know from your catalog that there are other pants that do come in long but aren't being shown.

    So far everything I've looked at has had a problem. :-(

    Man, this is a bummer. I've bought a lot of stuff from y'all but the new site sure is hard to use.
     
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    I ordered many chains from baileys because it was easy and well organized. I need odd link counts so having them spin them for me was easy. But now it takes twice as long to find the chains I'm lookin for. I figure they will get it straightened out in time tho...
     
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    Looks like some of the issues I raised above are fixed... but not the selectors. A list of 850 chains is not a selector.
     
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    The bar selector works well. I agree with others above it is a bit slow to load.

    I like the selection, for example was trying to find a scabbard, big dogs, and a bar and each of what I was looking for was available. Google search seems to find the results on their site faster than searching on the site though.
     
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    The site's still got major bugs. The chain and bar selectors are broken- get part way in and you get 404s (broken links).
    I built an order with a bunch of stuff in my cart. When I went to check out it said that my account was gone (from the old system) and I needed to reset my password on the new system. That's poor programming but whatever, I did it. Then when I got back to placing my order, my cart was empty. Dammit!

    The stuff I wanted was all Bailey's only items that I like, so when I'm not so pissed off I'll probably build another order and try place it again. But damn you guys make it hard to buy from you. It's especially irritating because the old web site worked pretty well. The design of the new one is harder to use and it keeps breaking.
     

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