I'm developing an e-comm site for a small retailer that sells specific products related to one type of activity. The whole product list is less then 50 items with three main categories. Are there any stats or research on the usage rates of search bars on small e-commerce sites? I'm assuming most people browse a site like this rather then search a specific item.
I should add that I'm not suggesting we never add it. We are having a discussion about prioritization in building out an agile project and trying to get an MVP for launch. In a list of must have priorities I think this is pretty low on the list for launch. This is an enhancement that could take dev time away from much more important features.