A Bot That Buys You Random Stuff from Amazon

If your name is Darius Kazemi, that is.

Darius’s bot picks a random word, searches for that word on amazon, and then purchases items from the results list, in order, until the bot hits a pre-determined budget.

From his site:

I’ve had an idea for a long time now. It’s inspired by one of my favorite feelings: when you order something on Amazon, and it’s put on backorder, and then you forget you ordered it, and a year later it arrives—and it’s like a gift you bought yourself.

Well, I thought: what if I just wrote a program to buy stuff for me? The first iteration of this was going to be a program that bought me stuff that I probably would like.

But then I decided that was too boring. How about I build something that buys me things completely at random? Something that just… fills my life with crap? How would these purchases make me feel? Would they actually be any less meaningful than the crap I buy myself on a regular basis anyway?

His first shipment recently arrived, and the objects are just as fascinating as his commentary. Check out his tumblr for more: Random Shopper {via andrew sullivan, of course}.

It would be cool to use this bot to send completely random stuff to random ex-girlfriends or something.