Facebook seems to have my number this year. In the past, I could never figure out why they were targeting their advertising toward me with odd and irrelevant products. For a company that supposedly has more data on our interests and habits, it didn’t seem like they really paid any attention to it.
This year they’ve got me hooked on a steady diet of ads for affiliate link sales sites. These are the ones that get you to click with headlines like “28 Products Under $10 That Will Transform Your Life” or “42 Simple and Effective Backyard Upgrades”. There are dozens of sites that advertise like this and then give you a list of (mostly) junk that you can click through and buy on Amazon, Target, Wayfair, or other online retailers.
BuzzFeed, in particular, has a huge section of these ‘sales articles’ on their webpage.
It turns out I’m a sucker for these affiliate links. I know that they are getting kickbacks from Amazon for things I actually buy through their articles, but every once in a while I find something interesting. Most of the stuff the articles feature have bona fide 4-5 star reviews.
A few handy things I’ve bought this year include: a slick recharging stand for my Apple Watch; motion activated outlets for my garage lights; a desktop mounted power/USB strip; bicycle hoists to hang on my garage ceiling; a gooseneck iPad holder that holds the screen at just the right angle; a powerful, rechargeable car jump starter battery; some microwaveable egg cooking cups; and a bluetooth ApplePlay connector for my Jeep.
It seems like all silly stuff, but many of the items are things that I use everyday. They solve problems I didn’t quite know I had until I saw these ads on Facebook. The funny thing is that the more I click on them, the more Facebook serves them up to me. Unfortunately, I’ve seen so many already, I am finding less and less things that interest me!
What interesting sites have you found to shop for online?
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