Despite ‘honesty is the best policy’ having a certain ring to it, the initial reactions to this new approach have led to quite a lot of negative feedback, even including comments from some people posting under their real names.
Anyone viewing the TV & FILM section of the site is recommended to ‘keep up with the times’ by getting it for free on one of a selection of Amazon-recommended torrent websites.
Those who purchase romantic novels are now directed to various dating websites and told; ‘Amazon recommends… you get out there and really give life a go’, while those who had purchased ‘fifty shades of grey’ are now directed to proper pornography websites and places where spanking paddles can be discreetly bought at rock-bottom prices.
People who are considering becoming a fan of Tolstoy are being directed to the ‘War and Peace’ spark-notes page and told ‘Amazon recommends… you stop kidding yourself you’d ever finish it’, while customers expressing interest in Dan Brown’s complete works are offered ego-boosting adult education courses instead.
Business analysts suggest this new departure could actually backfire and hurt sales for the internet giant, but were waiting to see how things go for a while. Early indications don’t bode well, though, after one customer who’d bought everything Amazon told him he would like for three years was left in a state of confuson for eight days and unable to spend any money at all after receiving a message saying ‘Amazon seriously recommends you don’t do what Amazon recommends’.