Yes, that sentence you just read didn’t make much sense, but Amazon’s search engine thinks it does! The algorithm apparently decided that not only do the new charcoal-colored earbuds count as a “charcoal grill,” they’ve apparently been the top-selling product in that category for over 24 hours now (via Reddit and Mishaal Rahman) without Amazon doing anything.
See for yourself:
In general, I wouldn’t read too much about the badges you would see on an Amazon product. As another example, did you know that the “Amazon’s Choice” badge isn’t it a stamp that indicates some quality? It is distributed algorithmically to all sorts of products that you think don’t deserve it.
And don’t get me started on Amazon user reviews — even though there the company clearly knows it has a problem and is pursuing extensive enforcement actions (like this recent crackdown on fake Facebook review groups) every year.
Last month, the Wall Street Journal wrote about the deluge of chinese marks generating random letters that appear when you search for products. It is interesting to see how many of them also rank in the list of charcoal grills, including legendary brands such as RESVIN, Cecarol, Oilzz, YSSOA and DOIT.