I just used the search bar to search for blue topaz beads. I didn't have the option to narrow down my search to supplies as I normally would because the drop down menu was gone. The suggested searches were "handmade" and "in this shop."
So I had no choice but to hit enter. I got results full of finished items. Then I clicked "supplies" on the left to narrow it down.
So basically, the engineers doubled the amount of clicks I performed. And more clicks = higher valuation of the site.
It is NOT easier for me to have to click twice (and wait for results to load twice) for a search that used to take only one click / load. But it is better for ETSY to have twice as many clicks.
Thanks for nothing. Oh wait - not nothing - thanks for bit more inconvenience and the lingering impression that you think we are tools.