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Old 11-03-2010, 21:37   #1
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Thumbs down websites and crazy stalking tactic emails

Is it just me that really really does not agree with emails saying

"you looked at product x, buy it!"

amazon do it
game now do it

and the worst thing is they dont even let you opt out, i've had to completely unsubscribe to all their emails to stop getting them and with amazon it was to the point where i was getting one almost every other day.

I dont know about you but when im in a shop the last thing i expect is someone to run after me when i've left begging me to purchase the item they saw me touch for a split second. its just creepy.

with game there site is even linked in to some dodgy banner adds that show your browsing history, you can opt out of that via a cookie but the cookies dont even work. sites such as digital spy show those adverts.

am i being a bit Victor Meldrow, does anyone like this stalking tactic now being used without consent.

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Old 12-03-2010, 09:32   #2
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Is it just me that really really does not agree with emails saying

"you looked at product x, buy it!"

amazon do it
game now do it

and the worst thing is they dont even let you opt out, i've had to completely unsubscribe to all their emails to stop getting them and with amazon it was to the point where i was getting one almost every other day.

I dont know about you but when im in a shop the last thing i expect is someone to run after me when i've left begging me to purchase the item they saw me touch for a split second. its just creepy.

with game there site is even linked in to some dodgy banner adds that show your browsing history, you can opt out of that via a cookie but the cookies dont even work. sites such as digital spy show those adverts.

am i being a bit Victor Meldrow, does anyone like this stalking tactic now being used without consent.
I use Amazon a fair bit and that's never happened to me.

I agree it would be extremely annoying if it did.
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:16   #3
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Yeah, happens all the time to me as well. Most annoying when you have a quick scan for, say, a digital camera on behalf of a colleague at work and you end up being bombarded with emails about the damn things.
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:55   #4
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Never had it either but if you don't log into your account and window shop then they wouldn't know who to email.
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Old 12-03-2010, 12:32   #5
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Yep, it's beginning to really **** me off. Similarly, sometimes Game's ads on other sites use games you've looked at.
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Doesn't happen to me but I don't get any emails at all from Amazon. Must have turned them off.
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Old 12-03-2010, 16:07   #7
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Never had it either but if you don't log into your account and window shop then they wouldn't know who to email.
Can't be arsed logging in and out depending on whether I'm going to buy or browse to be honest, I have it set to remember me, but not to bombard me with spam.
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Old 12-03-2010, 17:32   #8
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Can you post one of these Amazon emails? I've never had this either in 10 years of using Amazon. Perhaps it's malware on your system.

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Old 12-03-2010, 18:04   #9
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Never had one either, I get a lot of crap from CD-Wow and Play.com but it's just generic "SALE" spam, not targeted at specific items I was browsing.
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Like the OP I get them all the time from the UK and US parts. It usually starts off "As someone who has bought, looked at or browsed within a 100 pages of [whatever object] we thought you might be interested in:

A list of another 20 loosely connected objects.

You can usually tell it's one of these by the e-mail title so I usually delete without opening.
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Old 12-03-2010, 18:37   #11
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I don't get any of these mails from any supplier, perhaps you there is an option in your account settings to stop them from being sent.
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Old 12-03-2010, 18:50   #12
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I get them from Amazon too.

Examples, as requested...

1. Last week I was looking at poker books. Yesterday I received the following email:

Subject: Amazon.co.uk: For Richer, for Poorer: A Love Affair with Poker

Body: (Amazon logo etc) Are you looking for something in our Sports, Hobbies & Games Books category? If so, you might be interested in these items.

(Details of 6 poker playing books)

See even more similar items (Hyperlink)

If you already own or have experience with the items shown above, please let us know by using the link provided near the item. For problems unrelated to this email, please contact customer service.

Thanks,
Amazon.co.uk


2. I recently had a scout around for slow cookers. A couple of days ago I got the following:


Subject: Amazon.co.uk: Bestsellers in slow cookers

Body: (Amazon logo etc) As someone who has recently browsed slow cookers on Amazon.co.uk, you may be interested in the following bestsellers:

(Details of 8 slow cookers)

See more bestselling slow cookers (Hyperlink)

We hope you like these recommendations and would love to hear your feedback on them. For problems unrelated to this e-mail, please contact customer service.

Continue improving your recommendations or learn more about our recommendations service.

Sincerely,
Amazon.co.uk
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Old 12-03-2010, 19:19   #13
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Th easy answer to that is that when you are looking around sites like Amazon, make sure you are logged out and only login to place an order.
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Old 13-03-2010, 08:27   #14
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Th easy answer to that is that when you are looking around sites like Amazon, make sure you are logged out and only login to place an order.
Once more with feeling.

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Can't be arsed logging in and out depending on whether I'm going to buy or browse to be honest, I have it set to remember me, but not to bombard me with spam.
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I'm always logged in everywhere ("remember me" where possible, & FF saves all pwds) and never had these emails from amazon or play.

I wonder if it's is some sort of adaware, too ? Is the link in the emails some sort of affiliate ? What's the domain name of the emails ?
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Then I don't see how you can complain when you get such emails. Yes they shouldn't do it but you have a possible solution at your fingertips.

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I'm always logged in everywhere ("remember me" where possible, & FF saves all pwds) and never had these emails from amazon or play.

I wonder if it's is some sort of adaware, too ? Is the link in the emails some sort of affiliate ? What's the domain name of the emails ?
with amazon if you are signed up to recieve special offer emails, it clumps them in the same thing. i have now unsubscribed, and they (and all other amazon promotion emails) have now stopped. no loss as more recently they dont even include prices a lot of the time as they seem to change daily. but they are very differnt types of emails.

i dont think play do them, but it doesnt 'remember me'.

they are 100% official from the suppliers with amazon and game.

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Old 13-03-2010, 12:48   #18
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They are easily turned off in your account settings. I got fed up with them trying to flog me Fisting for Beginners all the time so nobbed their emails off.
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why - you an expert now then, splobs?
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