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  • Say you need to find someone who is selling a certain hard to find kind of sandpaper. Just a silly example of something I was looking for the other day. What search engine do you automatically use? Google or one of the others like DuckDuckGo?

  • What sort of a question is that?

    Sure I would use several - if the thing in question is kinda rare/hard to find.
    And anyway, to a great extent it heavily relies on your wits - how to formulate your search query. Would you further need some filters to elaborate - usually you don't, but first things first anyway.

  • It's an interrogatory question

  • I greatly prefer an engine like DuckDuckGo or StartPage over Google because of Google's practice of stuffing so many paid-preferred results at the start of their listings - sometimes nearly the entire first page being thus consumed. IMO, over the years, Google has become virtually useless for getting rapid and meaningful results because of such commercialization nonsense. Another key trick is to be as creative as possible in trying multiple search terms in different combinations, whatever engine is being used.