The (Unintentional) Amazon Guide to Dealing Drugs

Some fantastic data mining detective work is revealed by Alexis Madrigal at The Atlantic:

One day, some drug dealer bought a particular digital scale—the AWS-100— on the retail site, And then another drug dealer bought the same scale. Then another. Then another.

Amazon’s data-tracking software watched what else these people purchased, and now, if you buy the AWS-100 scale, Amazon serves up a quickstart kit for selling drugs.

Amazon drug list

Along with various scale-related paraphernalia, we find:

[continues at at The Atlantic]


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  • BuzzCoastin

    I’m sure they track the custkmers of their suggestions too
    just as Google snitches on email accounts they scan for content
    call you say honey pot?

  • Juan

    Best to get your smoking accessories at your local head shop and pay cash.

    • InfvoCuernos

      I am astounded at how many people are buying their dope off of the various Silk Road clones, especially after the govt. confessed to unregulated spying on its own people. Buy local, support your community.

  • Conspiracy Carrot

    No. Drug dealers don’t provide their customers with papers, they don’t need grinders and unless they’re in the time-consuming edibles market they won’t be messing around with gel-caps either. Sounds like Amazon said “hey, you might be a stoner, here’s some things stoners might want to have around”.

  • Night Bear

    One stop shop!