Getting unordered Amazon items

Getting unordered Amazon items
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#1

Over the past couple of weeks we have been receiving unordered items from Amazon. Some have someone else’s name but my address. I return those.

But others are addressed with my correct name and address. I have multiple Amazon accounts but I have been monitoring the main ones as well as all my credit card charges and no orders or payments appear.

  1. theories on what the heck is going on?
  2. Am I being set up for a deeper game?

BTW, the stuff is weird: an apple lightning to audio jack cable, an A/D converter to convert audio output to TOSLINK, a shower board that is basically a piece of plywood with magical properties that you are supposed to use as a bath mat, a leather cover for an Ipad.


#2

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#3

This has happened to me as well. NPR has a nice explanation:

The general idea is that it helps with ratings on Amazon.


#4

Wow. So fake reviews are worth real $$ ??

edit: The fake reviews imply that someone has hacked into my account.

OOI: I think that there is either one seller or multiple sellers who are now sending the Gallivans products and then using that verified sale to leave a review on Amazon.

Can a vendor leave a review in my name without access to my account?

-------- old stuff —
Whenever I look at reviews, I judge them on the reasons they give pro and con. Not just the 5 star greatest stuff ever, love it reviews. The reasons can be faked but if they are way off people will comment or post opposing reviews.

I will admit reviews of books are subjective but again the reasons matter. If they like a book because it’s super symbolic or sensitive, then I know to stay far away. :grin:


#5

It is always useful to run the review through websites that filter them, for example:
https://reviewmeta.com/


#6

You haven’t necessarily been hacked. They can ship stuff to an address and order it with another account.
Then this is a “verified purchase” and looks legit when they review it.

And YES absolutely the fake reviews are worth real money to the vendors. Of course they aren’t spending a ton of money. They’re buying it from themselves so really they just pay some shipping cost and a % cut to Amazon. Do that a few times and they might get a good fake review marketing campaign for $100-200 Thats enough to pump up the review stats on some chinese knockoff junk they sell for a good markup.

I’ve also seen people accidentally ship something to someone because they somehow used an old ship to address for an acquiescence/relative in their Amazon account. I’ve had stuff I’ve shipped to friends and relatives in the past and once in a great while I’ll see Amazon incorrectly pick one of those addresses as the ship to out of the blue, probably a bug. If I didn’t notice I might accidentally ship something to my sister in another state.
Thats not likely to happen frequently though so I assume thats not your situation.


#7

BTW, in case people don’t know, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), you have a legal right to keep unordered merchandise and consider it a free gift. That’s because federal law prohibits mailing unordered merchandise to consumers and then demanding payment.


#8

That’s true, but not really relevant to this thread since OP’s merchandise was ordered and paid for. Nobody is expecting anything else from him.


#9

The right thing to do is probably to contact Amazon and report this. But the first level support probably won’t care or even know what to do with your report.

I’m all for getting and keeping free stuff, but this just sounds like a bunch of cheap useless junk that’s just going into the landfill.


#10

So by keeping my account secure through semi-paranoid password policies and javascript limitations, I am not getting free junk? Hmm … at least my wife will consider that a positive thing. :smile:


#11

Especially if you forget your password and can’t buy anything at all.

But semi-seriously the stuff is just weird. Here is one of the cr*p that arrived:
diatomaceous earth bath mat

Looks great doesn’t it. It’s actually a solid board like a piece of plywood. No cushion whatsoever. I always knew the Japanese liked weird stuff like their boiling hot baths but this is ridiculous.

I will try to donate the stuff to Goodwill. They can probably unload it on some packrat.


#12

But wait! Right on the web page, it says that it’s “Your Perfect Bathroom Partner” and it’s even spelled correctly. Do you really want to throw something that valuable away?


#13

The bath mat listing on Amazon has an A grade on Fakespot. So the scam is working apparently.

But one of the 5* reviews on Dec. 4 is about a phone case… so oops. Copy paste error by the fake reviewers?
Reading through the 5* reviews you can tell many of them are not legit.


#14

Interesting. I think diatomaceous earth powder is used to kill domestic critters like fleas, bed bugs, and silverfish (it penetrates and breaks down their shells). I’m guessing this is in solid form. But what if it cracks? In powder form some of it is bad for lungs (probably like asbestos). Maybe it’s not as safe as the product description implies.


#15

Its got silica in it, but so does concrete, brick, mortar, etc


#16

Or somebody is hacking it and waiting to steal it off your doorstep.