Facebook ads for scam products - I hates them, I does

Conversely, I regularly read (and click links) “The Worst Things For Sale” blog so my Amazon history is filled with all manner of garbage. I don’t care because I go to Amazon to actually buy what I came there to buy, not to browse through its recommendations.

Are you ME?

I sure hope not; don’t wanna get banned for sockitude.

Anyway, this seems to be as good a place as any for me to announce that I have a FB page called “I Can Do Without Seeing Any Ad Pages At All Thankyverymuch

It’s been there since May of 2013, and has garnered fewer than ten “Likes”, fewer than twenty page views, and a grand total of ZERO visitor comments. I attribute those statistics to the fact that I refuse to promote the page, beyond (seldom) mentioning that it exists. Given the page’s mission statement, I’m even nervous that this very post is inviting paradox.

Oh well. Nothing ventured, and all that rot.

On-topic article in WaPo:

I go the other direction: I choose “already purchased this product.” If I’m going to bork their big data picture of me, I’ll do it not by stripping out irrelevance, but by dumping more in.

This has always been a philosophy of mine - create as much noise as possible to drown out the signal. I’m sure it doesn’t really work, but hey, it’s a living.

Why would anyone with working brain cells even click on an ad link, let alone an ad link from Facebook?

Just went there and gave you a ‘Like’. Enjoy👍🏻

It’s not any worse than going to the sketchy part of town to see what the nervous guy in a hoodie is selling out of the back of his van.

Why would this multi-billion-dollar company with resources out the wazoo, who makes its money by advertising to use extensive user-base, not vet its advertisers?

The advertisers are the users, and we are the product. Facebook’s profit is guaranteed by advertisers having as much access to the rest of us as possible-if the ads are paid for, the advertisers are “vetted”.

The same reason they don’t moderate content. It would cost more (and interfere with making money since they would have to stop a lot of advertising and/or pay a lot of people to review the advertising).

I’m not saying that I don’t know why they don’t vet their advertisers, I’m echoing the thoughts of people who trust FB advertising, giving a reason for why they would click. And yes those people probably trust the news they see on FB as well.

Sometimes the item is truly interesting-looking. Other times it’s an accident.

I actually heard about Calamityware via an ad on FB. I don’t think I clicked on it, but I did look it up later and it seems to be a real company (I have not made a purchase). Ditto a bathing suit company.

There was a time a couple weeks back where they had a really nifty-looking wind spinner “ZOMG GOING OUT OF BUSINESS GET IT WHILE WE STILL HAVE THEM”. I may have clicked on the ad (which I regret) but I also did a separate search - and it was clear the website was brand-new and highly shady. I reported it to Facebook - and 2 days later got the identical ad, with a different URL.

And sometimes it’s actually a legitimate company, one you’ve actually heard about before, and might actually buy something from.

I was working for Network Solutions in 1999 when Microsoft’s hotmail.com domain expired and apparently Bill Gates didn’t bother to pay the bill. The service went down. Some random guy noticed and paid the $35 for them. At the time the process was to send a bill by postal mail due net 30. If it wasn’t paid, we sent another invoice addressed to “President” using the address of the company. Not a person’s name, just “President.” Where do you think that would go if it arrived at Microsoft HQ?

This is the exact same whirligig I commented on upthread, and I have seen dozens of “different” companies showing the same advert.

My gf buys clothes from Facebook ads. Some are pure crap, some are great deals. Overall she thinks she comes out ahead.

I can validate that Calamityware is a real company and a really awesome company. I’ve bought items from them and I was first alerted to their existence via a Facebook ad.

However, my wife has on several occasions shown me FB ads where the price for something is redonkulously low and I have to throw cold water on her excitement of finding a real bargain. If it looks too good to be true, it’s probably a scam.

Sure. I see ads for legitimate things like Ford trucks and Hickory Farms. But if i wanted more info on an F150, I sure wouldn’t click on the ad, I’d go to Ford.com or whatever their home page is.

Not Facebook-specific - but scammers seem to know what items are really in demand and quickly set up websites to “sell” those things. Last year we decided we wanted a tumbling composter - as, apparently, millions of others did. The legit sites were either sold out, or charging insane prices.

I found two websites that sold the thing for a reasonable price - but it took about 45 seconds on the first to twig my scam-o-meter. The second site was identical, down the the oddball assortment of unrelated crap. Some investigation showed the sites were very, very new and highly suspicious.

I actually bought the tumbler through an eBay listing - at roughly “list” price (pre-COVID, it had been going for about 60% of list) - and I actually received the thing, and my credit card info was not compromised. IIRC, the scam sites offered it for about 45% of list price.

My husband, sadly, WAS taken in by a scam site selling N95 masks; he ordered 3 of them for the household. Then we started reading about the website being under investigation; I filed a chargeback with the credit card and nothing else happened.

My in-laws actually ordered toilet paper online - from some company I’d never heard of before. Tiddly Tots, I think. I was convinced they had been scammed. I mean, I was CERTAIN of it. Googling the website with one spelling turned up a kids’ clothing storefront, with another spelling got a site selling miscellany but no toilet paper. I found the TP listing when I looked at a cached page.

They kept getting “shipment delayed” messages (the box was coming from China) and I was predicting it would never arrive. Meanwhile, I ordered them some from WalMart (dunno why they had not tried the more reputable sites) - which took a week or so but did actually arrive.

Weirdly, that site actually panned out. I think it took 2 months, and MIL said the rolls were kind of small - though she did say they felt nice, LOL.