My favorite flavor of Girl Scout Cookies are the Samoas. Personally, I love the combination of caramel, coconut, and chocolaty stripes . Whenever possible I’ll buy them from a friend or coworker’s daughter who is currently in the Girl Scouts.
But what happens these girls age out of scouts and you lose your direct connections? You can buy everything else online, what about cookies from the Girl Scouts? I gave it a try and now I might be scared for life. Here’s what happens when you try searching for “Girl Scout Cookies” on Amazon.com.
Instead Of Girl Scout Cookies, Amazon Wants To Sell Me Slutty Costumes, Wolf Urine, And Vaginal Surgery Supplies
It seems like an innocent enough search phrase, right? What would you expect to find after searching for “girl scout cookies“? Maybe some Girl Scouts related merchandise and perhaps some cookies? Nope. Instead of cookies, Amazon wants to sell me sexy Girl Scout costumes, vaginal surgery supplies, and a 32 oz. bottle of wolf urine? Seriously, WTF Amazon?
I would have never thought that a simple search for cookies would be NSFW.
Ready for your WTF moment of the day? Seriously, try it. Hide your screen from coworkers and family members and try a search for girl scouts cookies yourself on Amazon.
Here’s a screenshot of the Amazon search results page for “Girl Scout Cookies” just in case Amazon fixes it before you read this article:
Will Amazon Fix Their Strange Search Results For “Girl Scout Cookies”?
So, what’s going on here? Part of the problem is, Amazon doesn’t sell cookies from the Girl Scouts… yet. In the meantime, independent Amazon Sellers are gaming the system by abusing SEO.
Most of the products that you buy on Amazon.com aren’t part of Amazon’s inventory. They are sold via smaller merchants who are using the Amazon Marketplace. For example, that used CD that you recently bought on Amazon was probably fulfilled by a local music store who just listed the CD on Amazon.
The Amazon Sellers selling the bottle of wolf urine, vaginal speculums, and sexy Girl Scout outfits are abusively using the keyword phrase “girl scout cookies” in their product descriptions. Hopefully, someone at Amazon will see this blog post and fix their Girl Scout related search results ASAP.
This is an ongoing problem for Amazon. Last fall, Barack Obama Halloween masks were displayed when searching for “terrorist costumes” on Amazon. Thankfully they quickly stepped in and fixed that.
Go ahead and give it a try. Amazon.com Search: “girl scout + cookies“