BoingBoing reader Kevin Kelleher
Why Is eBay Selling the Apocalypse? I was using Google to spell-check "disastrous" (I know) and came across some interesting results on the sponsored links. eBay and Amazon wanted to sell me a disastrous, whatever that might be. Intrigued, I typed in "apocalypse" and found the following:
Low Prices on Apocalypse
EBay is Fun, Quick & Easy! -aff
Dear overworked folk in eBay marketing: Take another look at those sponsored-word algorithms. I was tempted to click on one of these links, but I remembered a time when I was using eBay to find a CD of Christmas music and I accidentally clicked on the "Buy It Now" button for a Hanson Brothers Christmas album, and what would happen if I accidentally "Bought It Now" with the apocalypse? (Come to think of it, it couldn't be much worse than the Hanson Christmas CD). I got similar results with all kinds of grim language:
We have what you're looking for.
Devastation & much more!
Searching for Misfortune?
Find it on eBay! Free registration.
Misfortune & much more (aff)
Pestilence at Amazon.com
Sexy Cataclysm Singles
and on and on. My personal favorite:
Find Apocalypse at Snap
Don't search for Apocalypse,
find it at Snap!
Funny, I thought snap.com had found its own apocalypse about 4 years ago.
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