Some of you may remember that I published a post back in July 2015 revealing a few pathetic items being sold on Amazon.com. For those of you who don’t remember you can read the post HERE.
Now that we’re all on the same page most cattle know that Amazon.com uses algorithms to provide a snapshot of what consumers typically buy on their site. From those algorithms Amazon will compile a list of data and then provide returning consumers with options of what they might be interested in purchasing. They also use these algorithms to provide shoppers with the idea that “customers who bought this item also bought” something else.
Interestingly, and quite pathetically, those results can sometimes be flawed, skewed or just plain wrong.
That being said, here are a few that I’ve found over the past couple of months, and I should mention that these screen shots are ‘as is’. I have not altered these images in any way. Amazon’s algorithms just don’t work very well sometimes…or maybe they work a little too well…
Anyway…here they are:
- Fertilizer and …. ?
Every time I go shopping for fertilizer I tend to purchase Christmas ribbon. It just seems like the perfect combination and it’s never too early or late in the year to buy either one.
- Technology and …. ?
How many of you have bought computer components and a new form-fitting dress at the same time?
Yeahhh…I’m thinking No – One – Ever.
- Halloween costumes and …. ?
I can see a whole new marketing campaign with this one. “Playtex. The perfect accessory for any Halloween costume.”
- Batteries and …. ?
This one I understand because I was shopping for batteries, but . . . ummmm . . . . no… just… no.
- Novelty stuff, Silly Putty, Slime and …. ?
Why in the world would Amazon think that people like to purchase a scary Spiderman Venom mask along with Silly Putty or Slime? They have nothing to do with each other…
Okay, well, maybe that’s not entirely true.
Venom was created because of a substance that attaches itself to a host; but I wouldn’t call it slimy, more like sticky or gooey. I don’t know…either way, it’s just not something I would purchase along with Silly Putty, Slime or those sticky stretch handsey things.
Also, it’s scary as hell.
Gotta say, Amazon’s algorithms produce results that can be a bit pathetic.