October 30, 2015

For you, Amazon JP recommends...

You know, I keep reading J's horror stories about the crap that Amazon JP recommends for him, but I think they have got me wired.

I was just looking to see if they had the Mage figurine listed (they didn't), and there was a list of "DVD recommendations for you" on one of the pages.

The only real problem with it was that I already own a lot of it. First was Isshoni Bathing, and then several Aika and Rio Rainbow Gate disks, and Isshoni Sleeping.

Then there was a future release of Ani Tore EX on BD, and Seikoku no Dragonar, and some Ikki Tousen, and that was about three scrolls to the right. It wasn't until they started recommending yuri porn that they really were missing on my taste.

I don't understand why Aika R-16 was released on two disks; it was 3 episodes. Anyway, they were both in my list. (But I own a copy of the NA release.)

Also To Loveru Darkness, and Momo Kyun Sword, and OniAi (I wasn't interested in that one, but it's in the ballpark) and Queen's Blade, and is someone in Japan reading my mind?

It's actually pretty scary how good targeted advertising can get, especially since I've only bought a couple of things from Amazon JP. Apparently they're working along the lines of "People like you who bought Isshoni Sleeping also bought..."

By the way, this book has one hell of a cover.

UPDATE: I just checked my records and what I bought from them was the first two Rio Rainbow Gate BD's and all three BDs of Aika Zero. I own Isshoni Sleeping but I didn't get it from them.

So from that I guess they figured out that I like fanservice shows. Which I do.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Weird World at 10:51 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 No, it's Amazon US insane recommendations that I blog about; at the moment, the first 8 pages of Amazon JP's are cheesecake DVDs and photobooks, books on swords, and books featuring cheesecake and swords. I'm quite happy with this.

It's a difference in training; I've been building up a d0-not-want list on the US site for many years (with at least 25,000 items on it), forcing their system to resort to low-probability recommendations. But on the Japanese site, I make a small number of large purchases each year that are focused on specific types of items (cheesecake and swords, basically), and I've been much gentler with the do-not-want list.


Posted by: J Greely at October 31, 2015 08:38 AM (ZlYZd)

2 Are Amazon JP and Amazon USA connected enough that they share customer information? If they are mixing in the stuff you've bought from American Amazon that could help their predictions.

Posted by: Boviate at November 02, 2015 03:40 PM (XRvFv)

3 My accounts are completely different on the three Amazons I use, and I've never seen any sign that they share customer data. I know the search engines for all of them are run by the same group in Palo Alto, but it looks like they don't cross the streams.


Posted by: J Greely at November 02, 2015 09:11 PM (ZlYZd)

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