I recently found myself in need of a 16" x 26" frame (because I did the Kickstarter for this cool poster which is actually 16 x 26 1/2 but good luck finding a 16 x 26 1/2 frame; I'll just shave 1/4" off each edge instead) and so turned to Amazon, my trusty go-to for Things I Need in the World.
So in the search box I typed in "16x26 frame". Here's the first problem with Amazon's search results: I got 33,650 results.
Let's say you're the most obsessive frame shopper in the world. That choosing a frame is the greatest pleasure you get in life. You STILL would never, ever have the patience to choose from one of 33,650 frames.
That's assuming, of course, that the search actually returned 33,650 16x26 frames. Obviously it did not. Which brings us to Problem #2 with Amazon's search results: They are wildly inaccurate. You have to wade through pages and pages of shit you're not looking for.
To Amazon's credit, result #1 was an example of what I was looking for: a simple 16x26 frame. So good on you, Amazon. Then shit started to go south. The next result was a 16x24 frame, which is good, because it's a frame, but bad because it's not the size I was SPECIFICALLY searching for.
Results 3-8 were other frames in various sizes, mostly not 16x26. Result #9, hilariously, was a windshield wiper.
It would be fun to ask Dopey Search Engine how this 22" windshield wiper is like a 16x26 frame. "Ummmm, they're both over 20 inches? They come in units of 1? You could tape your art to the windshield wiper and hang it on the wall?" BAD SEARCH ENGINE, BAD.
Result #16 was a Heavy Duty Wedding Party Tent.
While not remotely related to what I needed, I can at least understand; the dimensions "26 x 16" appear not far from the word "frame," so I can see how Dopey Search Engine gave me this.
Result #32 was tragic.
Jesus Christ. What kind of lunatic puts Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington Graveyard Front & Rear Car Truck SUV Seat PlastiClear Floor Mats in their car truck SUV? Also, you'll note, these things, whatever the fuck they are, are decidedly NOT 16x26 frames.
I could go on, but you get the point. Dopey Search Engine served up anything with a "16" or a "26" in the description. THANKS, THAT'S HELPFUL. It was still giving me actual 16x26 frames on page 5, but you have to dig through so much extraneous shit by that point you're like oh fuck it. There's gotta be a better way, Amazon.
Although I am kinda tempted:
That'll look good hanging in my Wedding Party Tent Canopy Carport White! THANKS AMAZON.