Amazon, I Do Not Understand Your Recommendation Engine

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Because, obviously, if I’m going to get a medium-sized Bluetooth speaker, I’m also going to need a stapler. Q.E.D.

Bonus: The stapler apparently runs on Windows. Of course, I hate having to defrag those things.

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8 thoughts on “Amazon, I Do Not Understand Your Recommendation Engine

  1. Having just spent 2 days learning how to configure results pages for one of the major commercial search engines, I can confirm that it’s as arcane an art as you think that it is*…. this particular weird recommendation is probably a mistake with the results weighting for that particular page.
    Latsot, unfortunately we only have our fellow human beings to blame for this! If only they stopped buying pink crap it’s be way more interesting.
    *I still have no idea how it works. Take that as you will.

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  2. Since I mostly buy CDs from Amazon (yes, I still buy CDs… hey, stop laughing), the recommendations I usually get are entirely things I already own. Yes, Amazon, I already own the entire Devo library, thank you.

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  3. It most likely comes from a correlation in what other people have purchased. Enough people probably have purchased desktop speakers as well as other desk supplies like staplers.
    As for being a Windows-based stapler, just make sure it’s not Windows RT so you can staple documents made by any normal Windows software rather than just those from the Microsoft app store. At least you won’t have to worry about finding drivers for non-Windows systems.
    In fact, you better check that the drivers on your speakers are Windows-based as well so there are no compatibility issues. If all else fails, you can, at least, throw both products out your window. Just be sure to check for people under that window first.
    If you have any other tech questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

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  4. Because 99.999% of information technology operates on the (just barely) Good Enough principal. Mix in the more common SOP of marketing and business, and I don’t know what the hell you’ve got.

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  5. You seem to laboring under the mis-conception that Amazon’s recommendations are meant to be good for *you* (as opposed to good for Amazon).

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