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Friday, 30 January 2009
I've been looking on Amazon.co.uk a lot lately, they seem (bizarrely) to be one of the cheapest places for mid-range camera kit.
Yesterday I was thinking about which telephoto lens to get for the new camera, and I thought I'd check out the Amazon recommendations - I bought the camera through them, and I thought they might have an idea of what lenses other people tended to buy for it. (After all, they're very good at telling me when I need a new R.E.M. album.)
Problem is, in addition to telling me what accessories I need for my camera, it also wanted to tell me what camera I might want for my accessories. Clearly Amazon has no hierarchical relationship 'X is an accessory of Y' - they just look at what things happen to be bought at the same time.
So since I bought a spare battery last week, and that also fits with the Canon 1000D which I don't already own, Amazon recommends I buy a new camera. No, thank you!
And since I bought an SD card a few months back, Amazon also believes I want to buy every compact camera that takes the SD format. Again, not quite...
Okay, so you can fix this by going in and telling it not to make recommendations based on particular purchases - I went and switched off recommendations for all my accessories. But I sort of feel I shouldn't have to do that... it should have that sort of info in the product databases.
Where's artificial intelligence when you need it?!
P.S. In the end we got a 55-250mm lens, and a new digital photo frame. Post next week is going to be exciting!