Preparing for a summer cookout? If you head over to Amazon now, you can pre-order the retailer’s newest charcoal grill: the Google Pixel Buds Pro.
Yeah, that sentence you just read doesn’t make much sense, but Amazon’s search engine thinks it does! The algorithm has explicitly decided that not only Whether the new charcoal-colored earbuds count as “charcoal grills,” they’ve clearly been the best-selling product in that category for over 24 hours (via) reddit And Mishal Rahmani) without Amazon doing anything about it.
look at yourself:
In general, I wouldn’t read too much into any of the badges you see on an Amazon product. As another example, did you know that the “Amazon’s Choice” badge is not a stamp that indicates quality of any kind? It’s algorithmically tailored for all kinds of products you don’t think are worth it.
And don’t get me started on Amazon’s user reviews — however, the company clearly knows it has a problem, and pursues major enforcement actions (like Facebook’s recent crackdown on fake review groups) every year.
Last month, The Wall Street Journal wrote about the flood of random-character-generator Chinese brands that appear when you look for products. It’s interesting to see how many of them even rank up on the charcoal grill list—which includes storied brands like RESVIN, Cecarol, Oilzz, YSSOA, and DOIT.