Searching Amazon for A Specific ScrewEvan Travers
You can use Amazon's photo search app together with a ruler or penny to find precisely sized objects that are otherwise hard to describe.
Part Finder is no longer an option in the current Amazon iOS app. It's been absorbed into their fashion-focused Amazon Lens tool, primarily marketed as a slick way to figure out and purchase a copy of a garment.
While there is another custom search filter for narrowing a hardware search, I think the original Part Finder code is still hidden in there and very useful… especially if you don't know what this doohickey is called.
It still works the same: take a picture of the object. While they don't instruct it anymore, it seems like adding a ruler or a common object (the original feature used US coins) helps the system size it accurately.
I can't tell you how many times I searched for this little doohickey. It attaches a frame (apparently called a valance) to our windows. Some of them had broken, and I was looking for a replacement… and I could not think of the right words to google. Finally used Amazon Lens, and I had 15 replacements the next day.
That third option for this guy is 100% correct.
Using a coin like a penny can add more accuracy. I've found it to be pretty reliable at identifying length and even diameter of bolts and screws. (In this case, the second result is 100% accurate.)
I would prefer to support small businesses if I can… but sometimes it's easier to just use the jungle app. ↩