S. St. Jeb wrote:This thread was started close to five years ago when the 'new' lcbo.com site was launched. It wasn't very good at first, as the complaints in this thread show.
One of the big issues, especially for me, was the lack of a "search all stores" option. Because of that, I used to use foodanddrink.ca all the time.
Eventually they added this option to lcbo.com, and I slowly migrated over until that became the site I used regularly.
Well, sometime in the last few days, they have updated the site and taken this option away again. For me, it worked great, and it is completely beyond my understanding why they would remove something that has been there for about 4 years now.
I complained to helloLCBO about this. Their first answer told me first, how to search for "nearby stores" (not what I was talking about), and second, that I could do a "search all stores" on vintages.com
I replied back and politely said 'thank you' (after all, the people answering me aren't the ones making the stupid decisions), and also said "But I am still curious why such a good tool would be removed from your main site. It does not make sense to me."
To that, I was told "We do apologize, there are no plans at this time for the "Check All Stores" option to be reinstated. Your feedback in regards to the usefulness of the feature again has been forwarded to the appropriate department for their review."
Sigh. Cry. Bang my head against the wall.
If you're searching for beer, you could try the project that I'm working on: http://www.caskhunter.com
It's basically a ripoff of drinkvine. It shows inventory for all stores, but for now it's limited to just beer. I plan to expand it to all products, but I want to make sure it's stable with a smaller set of data first. It's brand new, so it's buggy.
It concerns me that lcbo.com has removed the "search all stores" option. It may be a matter of time before they make scrapers like mine impossible...