WTF?! Amazon inserts ads for Misfire Phone flop into Amazon Prime videos

“I had a ‘WTF???’ moment tonight while watching season 2 of Vikings via Amazon Prime video,” Jim Lynch blogs. “I clicked to continue watching an episode and a damned commercial played for Amazon’s Kindle Fire phone and other devices. It just popped up out of nowhere and there was no way to skip it or avoid it. What the hell is Amazon thinking with this? I don’t pay for Amazon Prime to see damned commercials when I sit down to watch a show. Let me be very blunt here, Amazon. Almost nobody wants to buy your Kindle Fire phone. It’s a complete disaster and plastering ads for it all over boxes for products we buy, and now sticking commercials into Prime movies and TV shows is NOT going to get people to buy it. Got it?”

“I canceled Amazon Prime tonight,” Lynch writes. “Update: Okay, Amazon must be getting hammered because I just got a response to my irate email already [along with a $5.00 promotional certificate].”

“My guess is that some ‘genius’ inside of Amazon’s marketing department (or maybe Bezos himself) thought they could get away with inserting some quick commercials for the failed Kindle Fire phone into Prime programming. I suspect they’ve been catching it hot from customers who’ve seen these ridiculous ads, and now the customer service people are trying to soothe ruffled feathers while the dingbats at the top of the food chain get around to making up their minds to remove the damned commercials,” Lynch writes. “Whoever made the decision to insert those commercials should really work for the government. They are operating at exactly the same level of raw intelligence and customer-savvy as most government bureaucrats.”

Read more in the full article here.

19 Comments

    1. I do buy local whenever I can, but I have to say it’s getting increasingly difficult to do so anymore.

      I wanted a tool to work on my kid’s bike on Saturday, so we went into a bike shop to pick it up. Not in stock. They called their other store across town. Not in stock. Now, do I spend 90 minutes and a couple gallons of gas driving across town to pay more for the tool at another local shop, or do I just order it online and have it delivered to my doorstep in a couple of days without the hassle of traffic, time, and gas? Yes, I realize the second option just perpetuates the problem.

  1. Marketing Morons, with an MBA!, are a dime-a-dozen. When you spot one: FIRE IT!

    The silver lining: Marketing Mavens. They’re worth their weight in gold. They deliberately and consistently HELP their customers, not abuse their customers. When you spot one: Give it a RAISE!

  2. When politicians say that government would operate better if it was like a business, they should be reminded that sometimes it would be better if it didn’t operate like a business.

  3. Typical. Isn’t it interesting how tempting it must be to realize all those eyeballs are watching commercial free entertainment just sitting there for the plucking and to think you could break that very trust & panacea with the very thing (adverts) we have been trying to run away and get relief from. And then on the next clueless thought think customers won’t mind.

    Microsoft has already broken consumer and partner trust and I guess Amazon is trying it’s level best to do the same. Only problem is as MS is finding out is it’s hard to get that trust back.

      1. similar recent thing: was paying around $120/season for MLB.tv…for a few years. it was without advertising, baseball was a pleasure again…then, little by little, an ad here and there…called em and told em to go fsck themselves. They ruined it.

      2. I guess just way too tempting to resist when you have the eyeballs just hovering out there, as many just develop strategies to avoid the rampant advert broadcasting and business makes more enemies out of consumers. Often shooting themselves in the financial foot as a result. You can be too greedy for your own good.

        What’s next, Netflix ads?

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