Friday, December 23rd, 2011

252 Things Our Readers Bought on Amazon This Year

As an Amazon affiliate, we get a wee percentage of sales from people who click through from our site to Amazon. But better than that, we get a report from Amazon about what people have purchased! (Don't worry, it's all anonymous: there's no information at all passed on about the purchaser's identity.) One thing we can guarantee: you people buy things online. Here are just a few excerpts from the year 2011, here with quantity, title, media and cost.

1 Chupacabra (HD), Amazon Instant Video, $2.84

2 "Top Chef: Don't Be Tardy for the Dinner Party," Instant Video, $1.89

1 Buffalo by David Bitton Men's Bridle Strap Belt With Leather Plaque, in brown, size 38, $29.99

2 Joe's Jeans Men's Malcolm Rebel Relaxed Fit Jean, Malcolm, 38, $158.00/each

1 Honda CRV Heavy Vinyl Spare Tire Cover w/ Honda CR-V Logo, $19.95

1 Got2b Rockin' It Dry Shampoo, 4.3-Ounce, $5.61

3 1Q84, Haruki Murakami, $16.04

1 At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance–A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power, Danielle L. McGuire, $17.30

6 Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future, Tom Scocca, $15.66

1 Furniture with Soul: Master Woodworkers and Their Craft, David Savage, $29.70

1 Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and Other Misfits Are Taking Over the World, Leslie Simon, $11.24

13 Habibi, Craig Thompson, $20.58

1 Handbook of Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, $70.35

1 Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi, $16.46

1 Myth of Black Capitalism, Earl Ofari, $9.99

1 Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale: Women in the International Division of Labour, Maria Mies, $4.78

1 Valences of the Dialectic, Fredric Jameson, $15.00

1 X-Men: The Ultimate Guide, $16.49

1 Microsoft LifeCam Studio 1080p HD Webcam, $57.69

1 "Community: The Complete Second Season," DVD, $19.99

1 "Eleanor and Franklin Double Feature (The Early Years / The White House Years)," DVD, $8.99

1 Wicker Park, DVD, $2.99

1 Readynas Pro 6 Unified Nas, $1033.14

1 Fun Size Halloween Mix Variety Pack, 157-Piece, 74.87-Ounce, $19.62

25 Miracle Frooties 600mg Miracle Fruit Berry Tablets Designer Box, $15.95

1 Traditional Medicinals Organic Pregnancy Herbal Tea, 16-Count Wrapped Tea Bags (Pack of 6), $ 21.90

1 Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor Test Sticks, 30 Count, $28.99

1 FertilAid for Men: Male Fertility Supplement, $28.95

1 NOW Foods Horny Goat Weed Extract 750mg, 90 Tablets, $12.24

1 Sunshine Chees-It Cheese Crackers Thirty Six 1.5 Ounce Snack Pack Bags, $18.99

1 FertileCM: for Fertile Cervical Mucus, $19.95

1 SpermCheck Fertility, $34.95

1 Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser, $46.97

41 A Tea People's History, Alex Pareene, $2.99

1 Bringing Nothing To The Party: True Confessions Of A New Media Whore, Paul Carr, $8.42

1 Bubbly on Your Budget: Live Luxuriously with What You Have, $8.79

1 Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition, Jared Diamond, $9.99

1 Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, Tom Mueller, $10.39

1 The Book of Repulsive Women (Illustrated), Djuna Barnes, $0.99

1 The Diary of Anais Nin Volume 1 1931-1934: Vol. 1 (1931-1934), $9.99

83 The Junket (Kindle Single), Mike Albo, $1.99

1 The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course: Online Marketing, $9.99

1 Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit, Barry Estabrook, $7.69

35, Up the Down Volcano, Sloane Crosley $1.99

1 Cuisinart 77-10 Chef's Classic Stainless-Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set, $122

1 "NOW That's What I Call Music Vol. 39," $5

1 "The Complete John Peel Sessions," $9.49

1 Entertainment Weekly (1-year auto-renewal), $15

1 DC Men's Villain Vulc Skate Shoe, Armor, 11 M, $37.75

1 DiaGel Diarrhea Control Gel for Cats Over 6 lbs, 1.0cc Syringe, $13

40 Comments / Post A Comment

That last one's the kicker.

And just so I'm clear, for you to get the kickback, does your site have to have linked to the item that the consumer actually purchases, or just to any item at all? Because if it's the latter, I'm happy to always source my Amazon purchases (or whatever) through your outgoing links.

@Setec Astrology Amazon works in an actually very "friendly" way (IN THIS INSTANCE) in that one's "tracking" code follows the visitor throughout his or her journey. So we have basically all given money to various websites without even knowing it likely! Weird, huh?

BoHan (#29)

@Choire Sicha I buy everything but food on Amazon because I am a recluse with money. Please explain how I can help you. I click the Amazon button on Wirecutter quite frequently – perhaps there is some subtle Awl way to make this happen?

Matt (#26)

Looks like a bunch of hip, plugged in, turned on individuals to me.

zidaane (#373)

@Matt Looks like you bought a lot of shit.

Matt (#26)

I'm at least 15 of those Albos.

Rod T (#33)

Comment choice 1: I'd rather hang out with the cat-diarrhea person than the Entertainment Weekly person.

Comment choice 2: I'm thinking all of these items were all bought by one person who is very Albo-obsessed.

jolie (#16)

Can the person/people who bought "Eleanor and Franklin Double Feature (The Early Years / The White House Years)" and Furniture with Soul: Master Woodworkers and Their Craft please *call me?

HiredGoons (#603)

@jolie: also who so-ever purchased 'The Diary of Anais Nin' please *call me


oh man.

jolie (#16)

@HiredGoons I can't be the only one feeling like I want to give the guy with the fertility issues a hug. (Oh man, the holidays are making me so sappy.)

zidaane (#373)

@jolie Frequently Bought Together
FertilAid for Men: Male Fertility Supplement + NOW Foods Horny Goat Weed Extract + The Diary of Anais Nin Volume 1

@HiredGoons I do hate the small AND the local AND the independent. (OH LIFE, you series of compromises!)

jolie (#16)

Do you know that when you look up "self-loathing" in the dictionary there's just a photo of Choire Sicha by way of definition?

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

When you look up "self-loathing" in the dictionary Choire rings your doorbell and hands you a piece of paper. On the paper: a link to his blog, but you can't click it.

deepomega (#1,720)

What's Shankman think about sending this on to ad buyers? I'm guessing it belies something about, disposable income, right?

@deepomega Haha, I sort of thought about that. I mean, no, I don't think it'll become part of our "deck" and I also don't know if the larger picture (the full thousands of items) "adds up" to any kind of portrait? (Though there is lots of kitchenware, etc.) But you all do come off looking smart!

jolie (#16)

@Choire Sicha And rich! Don't forget rich! (Shankman, you're welcome.)

GiovanniGF (#224)

I think it's safe to assume that the person who bought the Chees-It Cheese Crackers Thirty Six 1.5 Ounce Snack Pack Bags also bought the $158.00 Relaxed Fit Jeans size 38.

My sperm is fine, by the way.

HiredGoons (#603)

@sorry your heinous: hi.

C_Webb (#855)

@sorry your heinous: How's your cat?

SeanP (#4,058)

@sorry your heinous Is horny goat weed actually effective? A friend wants to know.

jolie (#16)

Oh also! To the person who bought the Got2b Rockin' It Dry Shampoo: how is it? I'm in the market for a new dry shampoo.

@jolie Use powdered unsweetened chocolate. My stylist swears by it and it is way less expensive than basically talc in a can. Plus, you smell wonderful!!

@jolie I use batiste on my short blonde hair and I love it! The tresemme stuff is garbage.

oatsmoats (#310)

@jolie It's a little too lemony but works beautifully.

zidaane (#373)

1 DiaGel Diarrhea Control Gel for Cats Over 6 lbs, 1.0cc Syringe
I only bought this for the APPLICATOR. I DON'T OWN A CAT.
I don't want people thinking I'm weird.

SeanP (#4,058)

@zidaane Too late.

laurel (#4,035)

I dunno, that seems kinda high for one Readynas Pro 6 Unified Nas.

@laurel I don't understand this purchase. (I mean I guess someone is an office sysadmin??)

iantenna (#5,160)

trying to visualize the thought process from the awl to checkout on some of these is hilarious.

also, WHOSE "complete john peel sessions"? are you telling me i can get the COMPLETE "complete john peel sessions" for under $10? SIGN ME UP.

and, finally, i'm a little upset by the title of that civil rights book. i mean, they took a perfectly good (excuse me, perfectly perfect) song about consensual cheating and turned it into a total bummer.

roboloki (#1,724)

you can give your cat pepto bismol®. i would recommend you administer a)outside b)in the garage c)any pink room in your house.

Abe Sauer (#148)

The one person who clicked through to buy my book ended up getting two pairs of the size-38 $158 jeans instead.

NinetyNine (#98)

Hey, look ___________ just published their iPhone contact list.

zoom (#10,138)

Things I learned today: You can buy candy on Amazon, There are 39 + volumes of NOW, and someone here is trying DESPERATELY to make a baby.

Call me.

haha wow! that was embarrassing! and it was maybe too much? because we ended up with an extra baby we don't know what to do with. anyone want it?

roboloki (#1,724)

ask me at the equinox.

zidaane (#373)

@Bus Driver Stu Benedict Does it make shoes?

BadUncle (#153)

The Waterpick purchase speaks to me, about off-label use.

Cory (#271)

@BadUncle Assuming affiliate links carry through when links are emailed to family members seeking Christmas gift ideas, I am willing to take suggestions for off-label use and will get back to you with the results.

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