View Full Version : Amazon has the dumbest recommendations

El Chuxter
03-25-2008, 11:08 AM
I live in BFE, so I order a lot of stuff online as opposed to driving 30 minutes to an electronics store or bookstore. Since deepdiscount means "You'll get it in two months, if ever," and Amazon is usually comparable (and much faster), they get a lot of my orders.

Trouble is, they love to send recommendations. I don't opt out, since they could possibly send me something useful.

But most are junk. Like "We've noticed people who purchase albums by John Williams also love Judy Garland." Huh? Nothing against the lush, but I kinda sorta quasi-like The Wizard of Oz, and that's where it ends.

Or "As someone who purchased books by Jude Watson in the past, we thought you might like to know that The History of Western Economics in Taiwan will soon be released."

Yeah, it's based on what other people have bought, but this is crazy.

Also, I buy one Christmas CD, and a year later, they still think I only want Christmas music.

What makes it especially funny: I've bought a few CDs by Lindsey Buckingham (the lead guitarist and a pretty talented dude--ask mabs sometime), and rated albums by Fleetwood Mac. This morning, I type in the URL of an unrelated site, and it must be down since the Google search page pops up. First sponsored link (though it has nothing to do with the site I was going to) is a new album by Lindsey Buckingham. First I've heard of it.

Isn't it funny that they make all these weird connections, but a new album by a guy I've bought stuff from before, and who tends to go under the radar most of the time, comes out, and their programs don't think I might be interested?

These are just some examples. Any other good ones?

jedi master sal
03-25-2008, 11:18 AM
Buying Star Wars and getting Star TREK info.

That about ****es me off. I'm not, never have been and never will be a trekkie. They are NOT the same. One is fantasy and one is reality. SW is REAL!!!! (It just happened a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away...)

El Chuxter
03-25-2008, 12:47 PM
Yeah, I get recommendations for new non-SW books by SW authors all the time. I've tried to read non-SW books by these guys in the past, and never been able to finish. Even Timothy Zahn isn't very good without SW.

(In fairness, there are many I've never read "outside" SW, like Salvatore, Stover, Brooks, and Luceno, all of whom seem like they could be good enough to buck the trend.)

03-25-2008, 12:57 PM
I thought Salvatore was more than one person, all with generic writing styles so you could interchange them??
:beard: Iso&Baws
I got off the EU train halfway through that first Zahn book- I think I lterally said "F$#K off" and put it down laughing and that was it, the guy couldn't write a "Closed" sign convincingly

Bel-Cam Jos
03-25-2008, 01:53 PM
I live in BFE,

Trouble is, they love to send recommendations. I don't opt out, since they could possibly send me something useful.

These are just some examples. Any other good ones?What is that acronym, Chux?

I have purchased two "apparel" items in the past: a Super Bowl XL Steelers hat, an OSU cap, and a MLB All-Star Game shirt from Pittsburgh. So, naturally, Amazon said "based on your previous apparel purchases," they recommended some sports bras. Now, if there was someone who came with such an item, that'd be a useful thing. Not my style for myself. So, in Amazon math: 2 (sports caps) + sports shirt = women's apparel. No wonder the US is doing so poorly in mathematics. :lipsrsealed:

El Chuxter
03-25-2008, 02:48 PM
The third word of the acronym is Egypt. The first two are a rude expression. It's an old term that basically means "out in the boondocks."

I have to drive 20 minutes to get to a Target. Seriously.

03-25-2008, 03:33 PM
Speaking of which, do you guys remember the time Amazon got themselves in deep **** when they listed movies about Martin Luther King and Malcolm X under the recommendations list for the "Planet of the Apes" DVD?

Bel-Cam Jos
03-25-2008, 04:11 PM
It's an old term that basically means "out in the boondocks."

I have to drive 20 minutes to get to a Target. Seriously.I figured it wasn't a real place (was racking my brain for where that'd be in the extended Inland E. ;) ). Watch out; Amazon will start recommending The Prince of Egypt: Special Edition DVD or "The Bangles Greatest Hits" if you spread that phrase around the Web. :p

You know, you can drive in any emotion you like: happily, joyfully, morosely, influentially, excrutiatingly, etc. Don't need to just go seriously. :pleased:

03-25-2008, 05:16 PM
I do notice when visiting the EE site, there is a section at the bottom of the toys you are looking at that says " People who bought this item, also bought these items" or something like that. On occasion I find something in there that I wouldn't have thought of otherwise.

Bel-Cam Jos
06-20-2011, 06:52 PM
Here's a statement that came up after a search:

When you buy this book now for $39.99 and sell it back later for a $0.40 Amazon.com Gift Card,
it could cost you as little as $39.59. Restrictions Apply
Learn moreYES! I want to learn how! :p

06-20-2011, 11:38 PM
Here's a statement that came up after a search:
YES! I want to learn how! :p


That is just too funny!

Bel-Cam Jos
10-20-2011, 06:54 PM
This wasn't on Amazon (maybe it was Danube :p ), but in looking for new Vintage 2011 SW figs (specifically the Echo Soldier), this was the category tree for it (once I clicked on the auction):

Toys & Hobbies >
Action Figures >
Transformers & Robots >
Transformers >
Marvel Crossovers

Yeah. That makes perfect sense. :confused:

Bel-Cam Jos
11-11-2011, 11:12 AM
I had a "personal" recommendation from a site, addressed to %% FIRSTNAME %%. Yes! That's me! I have a fir$t name, too! $ell me $omething now!

Bel-Cam Jos
03-27-2012, 09:31 PM
I had a local deals email the other day, a combo deal: gourmet popcorn at a sale price, and a 4-night trip to Cabo.

Bel-Cam Jos
01-18-2013, 10:50 PM
While not from Amazon, I got an email from a rewards program to a store at which I seldom shop for more than $20 total in a year:

You will receive your Rewards Certificate after the end of the Rewards period if you earn $10 or more.
There is still time to add to your Rewards amount.
Here is your Rewards status as of
January 09, 2013
Reward Amount $0
Reward Period 1/1/13 - 3/31/13

Bel-Cam Jos
02-10-2013, 10:42 AM
Barnes & Noble stores, when you buy in their "stores" (like a website, if they built walls and a roof around the search bar and links, or shopping cart and checkout screens) they print out "You May Also Like..." receipts. I got these recommendations:
Star Wars Fate of the Jedi #7: Conviction by Aaron Allston
Apocalypse: Star Wars (Fate of the Jedi) by Troy Denning
Star Wars Fate of the Jedi #9: Apocalypse by Troy Denning
Star Wars Fate of the Jedi #6: Vortex by Troy Denning
Star Wars The Old Republic #2: Deceived by Paul S. Kemp

Nice that they want me to buy the same book, with a slightly different order to the title, and if their systems had any tracking like everything else seems to these days, they'd know that I already bought all of those books, FROM THAT SAME STORE, including FOTJ #9 Apocalypse THE PREVIOUS WEEK. You're welcome!