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Sep 11, 2009 06:49 AM

Hey Amazon, lay offa me! Purchase-driven ad annoyance

I buy a lot of things including cookbooks on Amazon. Today when I ordered an Alice Medrich (low-fat baking)book, I was thanked by ads for weight loss centers in Jersey City, NJ!!! (I work in the culinary wasteland that is Secaucus, NJ.) Knock it off, Amazon! How annoying.

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  1. oh, god i've been thinking the same thing. "you searched for this, so don't you need... " NO, if i wanted that other junk i'd search on that! ugh.

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    1. re: jujuthomas

      Except that most of what they recommend to me, I already own, it's just not from them.

      Wait until you turn 50 and get AARP mass mailings. Yesterday I got ads from the Scooter store and (even worse) "Important Senior Information" for senior burial insurance.

      This makes the Amazon cookbook offerings a lot more welcome as I like to think I have a couple of decades of cooking ahead of me.

      1. re: shallots

        I don't mind the recommendations (although I also usually own all of them), it was the implication that a cookbook orderer (even for low-fat...) would be in need of weight loss info. No thank you.

        1. re: shallots

          Don't know what to do about the online stuff. But if you take their pre-paid envelopes and send the same junk back to them, some do take the hint.

          1. re: shallots

            I've been getting mass mailings from AARP for a few years now - and I won't be turning 50 for quite a while. Pisses me off.

            1. re: flourgirl

              LOL! I can see as to how that would tick you off! I got my first AARP mailing several weeks before I turned 50; wasn't too thrilled with that either, but several years before turning 50 would definitely not make me a happy camper!

              I *assume* you can request that they stop mailing you, just as the law states.

              1. re: flourgirl

                Me, too - for the last couple of years, I have been getting aarp mailings. I'm not even 45 (yet!), so it's a tad bit insulting.....

          2. I recently got an email from Amazon that began "As someone who has expressed an interest in cookies..."

            Given that I had ordered a full case of Keebler Danish Wedding Cookies a few months ago, I have to admit, it's a fair cop.

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            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

              They ARE master marketers. I don't mind their suggestions. Sometime they suggest something I actually want.