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someday we'll buy a new rug

my house is all hardwood floors so we have a lot of rugs.

the one in the main living room has had a HARD LIFE. It's cool - gray with a big modern leaf pattern - but now it's stained, worn, tired. so when we ripped out the basement carpet and finished the floor in there, the big leaf run moved downstairs. it's 9x12 ft or so.

we are going to replace it and I started looking online.

the e-commerce stalkers are SO EXCITED ABOUT ME and I don't care, I'm letting them come over me in waves. Every time I log into a social media site there's a new site showing me their rugs. sometimes it's the same site showing me new rugs, or a same site showing me the rug I saw the other day, ISN'T THIS THE PERFECT RUG? PLEASE COME BACK! PLEEEEEASE!

I'm picturing some kind of mission room someplace with all the algorithms and my face on screens next to rugs, "you guys... THIS LADY IS GOING TO BUY A RUG!" I bet they have all my history. my name, date of birth, salary, buying history... trying to recreate me like battlestar galactica. I can't do that to make my work more efficient but dammit, Shopper Me gets everything.

Millions and millions of dollars on data systems, to get my $600. This is big. Who do I pick? I don't even know! I'm in no hurry. We might buy a rug next month. In the meantime it's not bad, because all the ads I see are for rugs, and there are worse things to look at.


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Sep. 8th, 2019 11:23 pm (UTC)
hi, rug lady. love, shoe lady.
Sep. 9th, 2019 12:43 am (UTC)
Those ads will continue to stalk you for at least six months AFTER you buy a rug.
Sep. 9th, 2019 01:36 am (UTC)
I have that same experience, but with clothes. And Toby just noticed that there is some crossover between our accounts in a strange way, because when I click on ads for Chinese embroidered boho dresses, he starts seeing the ads as well, even though he doesn't even have a Facebook account.

And contemplating rugs is really nice, isn't it?
Sep. 9th, 2019 11:39 am (UTC)
Oh I have learned to be really careful if I’m shopping for a gift for my husband! It’s rare that we’d try to surprise each other but I don’t trust the stalkers to keep our devices separate given our shared IP address, so it’s all incognito mode browsing for that stuff!
Sep. 9th, 2019 03:13 pm (UTC)
I don't even know how to do that! Incognito mode, I mean. I think my hus must just figure out what I'm thinking of for him and choose to ignore it. OTOH, he's kind of unobservant sometimes.
Sep. 9th, 2019 02:39 am (UTC)
There are some great sites where you can buy direct from the manufacturer. I may have stalked them but only in private windows/tabs.
Sep. 9th, 2019 04:16 am (UTC)
Rugs are awesome.
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