kevan + shopping   7

Dirty dealing in the $175 billion Amazon Marketplace - The Verge
"After hoverboards started exploding in 2016 and Amazon became more vigilant about safety claims, sellers started buying each other’s products, setting them on fire, and posting photos in the reviews."
internet  shopping  lies  scams 
4 weeks ago by kevan
An Abandoned Bangkok Shopping Mall Hides a Fishy Secret | Colossal
"Not having a roof, the basement floor remains under several feet of water year round. At some point in the early 2000s an unknown person began introducing a small population of exotic Koi and Catfish species."
fish  dereliction  japan  shopping  via:viv 
july 2014 by kevan Bills Itself as ‘New York’s Inmate Superstore’ -
"The items that Mr. Barrett’s service sells online (as well as through its catalog) have all been chosen in advance to adhere to the extensive directives put in place for gifts by the corrections department."
prison  shopping  via:danielle 
december 2013 by kevan
Random Shopper — Randomized Consumerism
"Every time I run [Amazon Random Shopper], I give it a set budget, say $50. It grabs a random word from the Wordnik API, then runs an Amazon search based on that word. It then looks for every paperback book, CD, and DVD in the results list, and buys the first thing that’s under budget. If it found a CD for $10, then the new budget is $40, and it does another random word search and starts all over, continuing until it runs out of money, or it searches a set number of times."
shopping  random  via:waxy 
november 2012 by kevan
Three Engineers, Hundreds of Robots, One Warehouse - IEEE Spectrum
"The computer cluster tracks high- and low-selling products and stores them accordingly. It directs the robots to park racks that contain popular products near the pick-and-pack stations and place less popular ones at the back of the warehouse."
robots  shopping  business 
july 2012 by kevan
BBC News - Polish game recreates communist shopping hell
"Poles have been queuing to buy a new board game called 'Kolejka' (The Queue), which recreates the tedious shopping experience of communist-era Poland."
games  board  shopping  simulation  education 
february 2011 by kevan
Infomercial Hell from Everything Is Terrible! - Video
"Are you tired of the ever present toxins that come from the backbreaking struggle of modern life?" A continuous edit of all the life-without-our-product build-up from bad infomercials.
advertising  television  lies  shopping  via:waxy 
september 2009 by kevan

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