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Amazons weird sales techniques

On the back of the "Peak stuff" thread, has anyone else noticed that when you buy an item from Amazon, they will bombard you with emails related to the item that you've just purchased?

That sort of makes sense...I recently bought a dremel clone, so they proceeded to tell me about offers on accessory items; I can live with that.

However, what I don't get is why they would bother to email me with offers on goods that I have just bought?

Example: we are in the process of slowly decorating the house. I bought 2 new light fittings for the lounge, fitted them and was so impressed I gave a positive review. However, I'm now deluged by offers of more light fittings. I don't need any more, I've bought some and I'm happy with them!

The same applies to the headphones I've bought, a new PC mouse, the books, A 40 litre kitchen bin!.. Why would I need more than 1 kitchen bin??

Just friggin leave me alone!!

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Book sellers are even worse. Over here we have one main national book chain. Whenever you buy a book from it and you collect the store bonus points, it tracks that book's purchase. Then the next time it sends out personalized recommendations specifically for you, it recommends that exact same book you just bought -- not books by the same author, or books in the same genre, but the identical title -- data mining and customer relationship management at its best!
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Yep, I've found the same - and not just related items but as Tor says, the exact same product I've just bought.

Actually, it might be my imagination, but now you've said this, I'm thinking maybe the 'same product' issue has lessened in recent months. Maybe they've tightened up their algorithms.
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I can't remember just how it's done, but it is possible to opt out of the emails. You can also stop the stupid recommendations by going into "improve my recommendations" & checking "do not use for recommendations" for individual items. Turning off your browsing history may also help.

Now if only there were a way to just turn off recommendations. . .
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The other day, Mrs Bazza went on Expedia on her work computer which I have never touched, to look for flights for a work meeting.

Later that day, I got an email from Tripadvisor with suggestions for my planned trip.

Either Mrs Bazza has stolen my identity, or we're all being watched.
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I always get "people who bought this also bought this"

Really? People who bought a 700w corded drill also bought a 600w one, an 800w one, and an 1100w one? And a chainsaw, a router, and a book about breeding rabbits, and a Creedence Clearwater Revival CD?

Just **** off! I will buy what I want to buy. I do not need your "suggestions" based on what people with apparently feeble minds have might bought.
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My son was talking about needing a microSD card for his Switch console and today his searches result in an email from Amazon offering some deals.
And worst of all , I was looking at the thread about Trump buying junk food for his guests and I looked at a posted link. Instantly I got pop up ads for Burger King. I never typed the name.
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and a Creedence Clearwater Revival CD?
I bought one of them. It's an absolutely brilliant album. I was only expecting to like a handful of the songs, but was very pleasantly surprised.
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"people who bought this also bought this"

People who bought a 700w corded drill also bought a 600w one, an 800w one, and an 1100w one? And a chainsaw and an industrial first aid kit....
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seems sensible if buying a chainsaw to get an industrial first aid kit given the likelihood of accidents
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I'm fairly certain you don't even need to search for something nowadays, in fact - I think you're being listened to if you have an Alexa, or a smartphone.

A couple of occasions, we've received adverts for things we've only spoken about - trips to places we've never been, or obscure things like boat shoes.

My brother tried it talking about holidays to somewhere (I forget where, but off the beaten track) - couple of days later, personalised ads for hotels.
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I bought one of them. It's an absolutely brilliant album. I was only expecting to like a handful of the songs, but was very pleasantly surprised.
Me too. I've just bought Alright Now - The collection by Free for £2.99 plus the MP3s (whatever they are) buck shee.

I admit I'm either a sheep or a hypocrite, or both.
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I admit I'm either a sheep or a hypocrite, or both.
Well, if everyone else is being a bit of a hypocrite, you might as well join them...
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I bought one of them. It's an absolutely brilliant album. I was only expecting to like a handful of the songs, but was very pleasantly surprised.
If it's Chronicle it is, in my opinion, one of the best rock albums ever! If it's Chronicle Volume 2, get the original.

Purely subjective, of course, but for me CCR was the last real rock'n'roll band.
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I'm slightly ashamed to admit it's just a Best Of.
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I admit I'm either a sheep or a hypocrite, or both.
It depends whether you practise what you bleat.
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seems sensible if buying a chainsaw to get an industrial first aid kit given the likelihood of accidents
I think youíll need more than a first aid kit if you tangle with a chainsaw.
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If it's Chronicle it is, in my opinion, one of the best rock albums ever! If it's Chronicle Volume 2, get the original.

Purely subjective, of course, but for me CCR was the last real rock'n'roll band.
Correct, Iíve got the vinyl and CD, pure class, love it when they come on shuffle play in the car.
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I'm slightly ashamed to admit it's just a Best Of.
Chronicle 1 and 2 are both the best of.

1 is the singles the other classic tracks.

Chronicle 1 has the better known tracks.
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I see. Well the Best Of I possess is rather originally called "The Best Of".
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I bought a garden hose on a reel and got bombarded with marketing stuff about hose reels. Have they not worked out that the hardest person to sell a hose reel too is probably the man who's just bought a brand new hose reel...?

Maybe their algorithms need to work the other way around, e.g. "You've not bought a new lawn mower for 12 years: here are some great offers on shiny new lawn mowers".

Or maybe they should just leave us all alone to make our own choices....
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To be fair... they annoy you but you keep going back to buy more. What's the name for those chunky cups you put your coffee in...?

I don't use Amazon at all, under any circumstances unless they have a part for my car that I really, really can't find anywhere else on the planet. I try Amazon after I've exhausted China. You get the idea.

Dodgy workplace practices, bugger-all tax paid in the UK and Bezos is the richest fella in the world. Why do people shop at Amazon (unless even China hasn't got it)?


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Thanks for that insult

To be fair, I hadn't really used them much for buying stuff until the run up to Christmas. Before I started to buy on a regular basis, the spam was negligible, if at all. It does seem that they have changed their marketing/sales strategy, at least in my experience, in the past 6 months or so.

I'm with you on the last part about working practices etc, but they aren't the only guilty ones. And China aren't exactly the paragons of virtue when it comes to human rights and working practices.
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Odd, the only e-mails I get from Amazon are the order acknowledgements and despatch notes. Now if I could only stop the Wickes ones ... I've clicked the unsubscribe link on just about every one but still they come.
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