TOTD 12/12 Internet marketing fails

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TOTD 12/12 Internet marketing fails

Post by Timsup2nothin » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:23 am

I finally broke down and got a debit card that I could use to buy stuff from the internet. Computer parts are just becoming too hard to come by any other way, which annoys the snot out of me but there it is. Once I had the thing, of course, some other shopping experiences followed suit; parts for my truck are also hard to find in brick and mortar stores.

So now I am on the lists for this handful of sites to send me their "specials by e-mail." I figure i can ignore an e-mail as well as anyone, and I suspect that their agreement to not sell my address to a spam factory would be promptly forgotten if I shut them down. Anyway, I have this observation:

The algorithms determining what I might be lured into buying were programmed by idiots.

There's a computer place where I bought a monitor. Their 'special for me' advertising is almost always monitors. Just because I bought one doesn't mean I'm some kind of monitor hoarder. Get a grip! Truck place is no better. I needed some wheel well flares to keep it from spraying mud all over itself, and now I get a full page selection of wheel well flares to choose from...like for the rest of my fleet of trucks I guess, since my truck already has some...as it would seem they ought to know.

I know there are computer professionals roaming around who could maybe explain this.

Has anyone had a different experience? Is this just how these on-line retailers think the world works?

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Re: TOTD 12/12 Internet marketing fails

Post by Cutlass » Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:44 am

I usually don't find it that bad. Not that they're trying to sell me something I want, but I don't get ads for things I already have. Except consumpables. Which they figure I may use up. I pretty much always end up turning off the email ads. They just clutter up my inbox and I rarely look at them.

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Re: TOTD 12/12 Internet marketing fails

Post by endsjustifythememe » Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:38 pm

I bought Matcha tea once (1ce) and ever since then Amazon has simply assumed that I'm vegan. I wanted to change his mind, so I bought a meat thermometer, but to no avail.

Now I'm scared of future searches. I buy a grinder, Amazon shows me a growkit. I buy a propane torch, Amazon recommends the Anarchist Cookbook. Got a book on Iranian history and my last recommendation was weaponized plutonium. Help.
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Re: TOTD 12/12 Internet marketing fails

Post by Timsup2nothin » Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:36 pm

endsjustifythememe wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:38 pm
I bought Matcha tea once (1ce) and ever since then Amazon has simply assumed that I'm vegan. I wanted to change his mind, so I bought a meat thermometer, but to no avail.

Now I'm scared of future searches. I buy a grinder, Amazon shows me a growkit. I buy a propane torch, Amazon recommends the Anarchist Cookbook. Got a book on Iranian history and my last recommendation was weaponized plutonium. Help.
At least that marketing makes sense. By my observations they would just be sending you offers for the same history book over and over and never get to the weaponized Plutonium.

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Re: TOTD 12/12 Internet marketing fails

Post by shadowplay » Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:58 pm

For a while I used to get ads in some Asian language, probably because of my porn habits. :oops:

(I only speak English)
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Re: TOTD 12/12 Internet marketing fails

Post by Catharsis » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:14 pm

Timsup2nothin wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:36 pm
At least that marketing makes sense. By my observations they would just be sending you offers for the same history book over and over and never get to the weaponized Plutonium.
Or from my experience: the same history book again, but as an audiobook this time.

I did once buy towels on the internet and now I get an email a day from people who are far more jazzed about towels than I'll ever be.
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Re: TOTD 12/12 Internet marketing fails

Post by Valka D'Ur » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:14 pm

endsjustifythememe wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:38 pm
I bought Matcha tea once (1ce) and ever since then Amazon has simply assumed that I'm vegan. I wanted to change his mind, so I bought a meat thermometer, but to no avail.

Now I'm scared of future searches. I buy a grinder, Amazon shows me a growkit. I buy a propane torch, Amazon recommends the Anarchist Cookbook. Got a book on Iranian history and my last recommendation was weaponized plutonium. Help.
:shock:

There should be a way to disable Amazon recommendations. I did that a long while back when they kept assuming that just because I was looking for older Star Trek novels, that I also wanted to buy every Star Wars thing in existence. I finally did enable it again since there are things that don't seem to show up in a normal search unless you're looking for that specific thing.

So now, because I bought a couple of packages of maple syrup fudge, Amazon thinks I want to buy everything consumable that was ever made with maple syrup. The truth is, real maple syrup is expensive in this half of Canada, and I only bought the candy because it was $5 cheaper than it usually is.

What's annoying is when they send recommendations for stuff they know I already own because they're the ones I bought it from.

It could be worse. I've been slowly building up my collection of Bonanza DVDs (bought Season 4 about half an hour ago), but at least they're not recommending every western in existence they carry.
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Re: TOTD 12/12 Internet marketing fails

Post by Cutlass » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:27 pm

How expensive is your maple syrup? I'm paying about $70/gallon (4 liter, near enough).

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Re: TOTD 12/12 Internet marketing fails

Post by Valka D'Ur » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:53 am

I haven't checked the price of the actual syrup lately. It's out of my budget, though.

As for the candy, though... 105g for $7.99 CAD. That's the sale price, with another 40 cents in tax on top of it. Let's just say that these are in the "occasional treat" category.
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Re: TOTD 12/12 Internet marketing fails

Post by Valka D'Ur » Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:55 pm

We need a "wallbash" smiley. My morning recommendations from Amazon, likely based on the book I got in the mail yesterday (a new Fighting Fantasy gamebook purchased through the Marketplace, rather than Amazon itself): A bunch of other Fighting Fantasy books I've had for 35 years.
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