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Amazon 2.9 per cent today

Despite the recovery attempt by the broader markets, Amazon (AMZN | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating) is down 2.9 percent on the day, pulling back further off the more than six-month closing high it set last Thursday. The loss comes after analysts at Benchmark initiated coverage of the online retailer with a Sell rating.



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AMZN stock losses in the wake of #amazonfail

Keep it up folks. Vote with your wallets. I don't want to shop on a site where I can't be sure I'm getting everything I want to look at. It is not Amazon's job to vet my reading material.



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Amazonfailfest continues to fester:

I just checked Twitter and #Amazonfail is still going strong

And here's A new link to read.



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Amazon Says Listing Problem Was an Error, Not a Hack


Weev's claims are false, Amazon's Smith said.

Former Amazon employee Mike Daisey said that the problem really did appear to have been caused by an employee mistake.

A friend within the company told him that someone working on Amazon's French site mistagged a number of keyword categories, including the "Gay and Lesbian" category, as pornographic, using what's known internally as the Browse Nodes tool. Soon the mistake affected Amazon sites worldwide, Daisey said in an interview. "If you use that tool in one site, it affects every site in Amazon. So the guy screwed up in France and it propagated everywhere," he said.

Daisey, a monologist who spent three years at Amazon, was amused that Weev's claims had been so widely reported, given that Weev has made a name for himself as an online "troll" who lies for fun. "I think it's hilarious that he's gotten as much traction as he has with the story because his whole modus operandi is about pranking people."




 
 
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Amazon goes for 3rd reason lucky over #AmazonFail

LJ user claims he hacked Amazon to derank books

That's [profile] weev posting at [community profile] brutal_honesty today.

I'm not sure what I believe about it, since this deranking has been going on since february. Maybe the hacker helped things along. But That doesn't answer all my questions.



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Amazon policy on LGBT books spurs twitter uprising

Amazon's official response to the disappearing sales rankings is that it was a "glitch" that would be fixed.
But that explanation seems only to have angered people and sparked calls of homophobia. Twitter users began adding the tag #glitchmyass fuelling even more fire to the PR crisis.

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This from their terms of use. Amazon is supposedly for adults only. So where does the deranking "adult" books come from anyway? Like the twitter folks said #glicthmyass.

"Amazon does sell products for children, but it sells them to adults, who can purchase with a credit card or other permitted payment method. If you are under 18, you may use Amazon.com only with involvement of a parent or guardian."

From Amazon's Conditions of Use policy.



 
 
 


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Here's some more explanation or is that a wannabe explanation?

Got this from [personal profile] lit_gal's update...



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Amazon customer service

800-201-7575


Amazon Board of Directors

Thomas O. Ryder (914) 244-5782
William Gordon (650) 233-2750
Myrtle Potter (650) 225-1000
Alain Monie (206) 266-1000
L. John Doerr (650) 233-2750
Tom Alberg (206) 674-3000
Patricia Stonesifer (206) 709-3140



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If you're wondering why that's important, well when you do a search on Amazon, other titles pop up on the same page as the item you were searching for, and what determines the titles that pop up to be viewd are the sales rankings.

Amazon claims that it's the "adult" material they're hiding, but there is still adult stuff popping up/ It's only the gay books that have disappeared. Now, I've done a lot of shopping on Amazon in the past two years since eBay started really going downhill. It looks like I'm going to be doing much less shopping at Amazon, especially books.

If you're concerned about this situation, contact Amazon to tell them how you feel about it.

http://www.edrants.com/amazonfail-a-call-to-boycott-amazon/

http://markprobst.livejournal.com/15293.html

http://community.livejournal.com/meta_writer/11992.html

http://community.livejournal.com/meta_writer/11369.html

http://c-smith-author.livejournal.com/20968.html

I snagged some links from [personal profile] lit_gal in this post (LJ user)



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