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We buy a lot of items at Sam's Club.  I wrote an Excel VBA program to keep track of the inventory, and to automate the purchase of items. A couple of days ago they change something on the site.  Looks the same, but the coding is different.  If you look at the front page, you'll see a search box and a magnifying glass next to it that works as a search button.  It is the search button we cannot click programmatically.  Any ideas?
And before someone asks, no, Sam's Club does not have an API for placing orders, and they say they have no intentions of creating one.
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please post the code that you currently use

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Code is attached.

I got it to work by adding the two lines that start with "-->"
SamsClub-sample.txt
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What data is in column A of your Items worksheet?  Just want to see one or two examples.

I think your code is overly complicated because you're using IE

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Suggestions to using IE?
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please give me some examples of what is in column A of your worksheet.
It looks like you're just putting the URL if the search succeeds.  Am I reading this wrong?

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Item#
13433230
14484656
15574090
15667515
15870476
15905012
16130065
80005208

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aikimark,

I got it to work with the following changes on these lines. I think it was the extra pause that did the trick.
So, what is a faster way to do this than using IE?

        ie.Document.getElementById("searchBar").Focus    'get the focus point of the input box
        Func.PauseBrowser
        SendKeys "~"    'do search
        Func.PauseBrowser

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I manually searched for those items and nothing was returned.

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Old items.  I didn't know we were going to do a search on them.  Here are some active ones.

34488
196449
242249
341375
571453
651234
747192
995786
999999
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