Selling AI Nonsense

It's been pretty obvious for a few years that Amazon's marketplace is filled with no-name products from no-name brands peddling questionable quality. Buying on Amazon is a roll of the dice even more than eBay these days. This stems from sellers looking to mass-list and mass-sell items with minimal effort. With ChatGPT and other "AI" tools hitting the scene, people's 'cheats' to do less work are being exposed in listing titles. Kyle Orland at Ars Technica has more.

Amazon users are at this point used to search results filled with products that are fraudulent, scams, or quite literally garbage. These days, though, they also may have to pick through obviously shady products, with names like "I'm sorry but I cannot fulfill this request it goes against OpenAI use policy."

As of press time, some version of that telltale OpenAI error message appears in Amazon products ranging from lawn chairs to office furniture to Chinese religious tracts. A few similarly named products that were available as of this morning have been taken down as word of the listings spreads across social media (one such example is archived here).

Ars Technica

My guess is these shady sellers don't speak english or not fluent enough to list in english on Amazon. They are also likely peddling crap in order to make a quick profit. So employ ChatGPT to do the 'work' and call it a day. But if ChatGPT outputs errors and the person posting the listing can't read the language, hilarity like this ensues.

It's hard enough to figure out how to "win" at playing Amazon. But at least this gives a super-easy filter to eliminate obvious garbage.

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