Top Keywords (October)

I’ve pulled together the top keywords that subscribers have selected over the past 30 days. Cats are even more popular! Star Wars has fallen far down from #2 last month to #26. Compare to the September list. Folks are also using more negative keywords to get the best packages, which is excellent.

The percentage is the fraction of all addresses that have that particular keyword selected. The P means it is a positive keyword (the bot buys it) the N means it is a negative keyword (the bot doesn’t buy it). This is a partial list – the top keywords – I didn’t include every keyword for privacy reasons… and because this is a pretty long list already.
 
Keywords with asterisks on them are discouraged by the bot, either because there aren’t many items for them or because the it arbitrarily prefers one pluralization over another (for example, the bot prefers earrings over earring*).

Pct +/- Keyword
15% P cat
13% P dinosaur
13% N MTG
12% N Yugioh
11% P dog
10% N jewelry
9% P cute
9% P science
9% P dragon
9% N beads
9% N postcard
8% P steampunk
8% P adult
8% N seeds
8% N baby
7% P jewelry
7% P art
7% P Pokemon
7% P Harry Potter
7% P astronomy
7% N bead
7% P music
7% P stickers
7% N earrings
6% P Star Wars
6% P anime
6% P sci-fi
6% P candy
6% N Pokemon
5% P Lego
5% P Star Trek
5% P geek
5% P space
5% P makeup
5% P book
5% P dice
5% P random
5% N makeup
5% P kitchen gadget
5% P camping
5% P tool
5% P weird
5% P animal
5% P science fiction
5% P video game
5% P kawaii
5% P seeds
5% P Japanese
5% P action figure
5% P Marvel
5% P crochet
5% P Halloween
5% P Map*
5% N Barbie
4% P crafts
4% P socks
4% P craft
4% P antique
4% P comic
4% P game
4% P Japan
4% P cooking
4% P glitter
4% P cactus
4% N cat
4% P ancient
4% P penguin
4% P electronic
4% P awesome
4% P yarn
4% P gadget
4% P fossil
4% P crystal
4% P clothing
4% N necklace
4% P alcohol
4% P Doctor Who
4% P card game
4% P rainbow
4% P unicorn
4% N nail art
4% P bath
3% P necklace
3% P DIY
3% P knitting
3% P Disney
3% P beauty
3% P stationery
3% P travel
3% P bed and bath
3% P animals
3% N bracelet
3% P puzzle
3% P accessories
3% P Alchemist
3% N anime
3% P audio
3% N stickers
3% N iphone
3% P gem
3% P beer
3% P cute cat
3% P gothic
3% P coloring
3% P coffee
3% P corgi
3% P bottle opener
3% P plants
3% P dogtoy
3% P wall art
2% N cards
2% P elephant
2% P fun
2% P vintage
2% P usb
2% P Batman
2% P scientific
2% P history
2% P food
2% P kitchen
2% P unique
2% P funny
2% N earring*
2% P postcard
2% P apple
2% P Nintendo
2% P books
2% N manga
2% P kitten
2% P sexy
2% N children
2% P notebook
2% N ribbon
2% N seed*
2% N beauty
2% N Minecraft
2% P origami
2% P knife
2% P nerd*
2% P board game
2% P ankh
2% P Game Of Thrones
2% P beautiful
2% P adventure
2% P succulent
2% P baking
2% P gadgets
2% P fashion
2% P cat toy
2% N dogtoy
2% N card game
2% P glow in the dark
2% N child*
2% P bonsai
2% P earrings
2% P hat
2% P scarf
2% P fairy garden
2% P camera
2% P sewing
2% P brewing
2% P antique pen
2% P medieval
2% P Christmas
2% P purple
2% P cats*
2% P toy
2% P sketchbook
2% P paint
2% P physics
2% N craft
2% P retro
2% P silver
2% P bass guitar
2% P fish
2% P knit
2% P pen
2% P Minecraft
2% N led
2% P unusual
2% P Canada
2% P flowers
2% P Victorian
2% N fashion
2% P manga
2% N pendant
2% N tattoo
2% N nazis*
2% P Tardis
2% P tattoo
2% P watch
2% P plush
2% P crystals
2% P horse
2% P emoji
2% P owl
2% P witch
2% P Alice In Wonderland
2% P whale
2% P whisky
2% P Mario
2% P chocolate
2% P kitchen tools
2% N MTG rare
2% N card
2% N circuit
2% N emoji
2% P pink
2% P avocado
2% P airplane
2% P architecture
2% P rabbit
2% N sticker*
2% P hair
2% P vinyl
2% N Game Of Thrones
2% P fox*
2% N Nintendo
2% P fantasy*
2% N nail stickers
2% N Lego
2% N component
2% P bacon*
2% P pikachu*
2% N dog
2% P Hufflepuff*
2% N spicy*
2% P Holographic*
2% P whimsical*
2% P miniatures
2% P cat toys
2% N pets
2% N MTG mythic
1% P bracelet
1% P bird
1% P cards
1% N ring
1% P led
1% P red
1% P Bluetooth
1% P magic trick
1% P survival
1% P pencil
1% P robot
1% P alien
1% P magnet
1% P One Piece
1% P space ship
1% P technology
1% P balloon
1% P lighter
1% P David Bowie
1% P kit
1% P festive
1% P useful
1% P strange
1% P wildlife
1% P circuit
1% P nail polish
1% P black
1% P guitar
1% P Thor
1% P pendant
1% P bronze
1% P glass
1% P coin
1% P cute pen
1% P bear
1% P toys
1% P ephemera
1% P games*
1% N electronic
1% P fancy
1% P guitar pick
1% P movie
1% P pets
1% P quirky
1% P fluffy
1% P gremlin
1% P shiny
1% N kawaii
1% N phone
1% N sports
1% P comedy
1% P engineering
1% P tea
1% P supernatural
1% N fruit
1% N car
1% P video games*
1% P amplifier
1% P stuffed animal
1% P school
1% P 3d
1% N girl
1% N nail polish
1% N scrapbook
1% N bookmark
1% N cable
1% P keychain
1% P caffeine*
1% P sparkle
1% P usb fun*
1% P octopus
1% P minifig
1% P iphone
1% P Baphomet
1% P cosplay
1% P Harajuku
1% P punk
1% P scrapbook
1% P bone
1% P skull
1% P jellyfish
1% P squid
1% P fuzzy
1% P bicycle
1% P stone
1% P card
1% P Zelda*
1% P wool
1% P pirate
1% P battery
1% P women
1% P bag
1% P necktie
1% P scale model
1% P bee
1% P mathalete
1% P film
1% P sword*
1% P cartoon
1% P duck*
1% P hair accessories
1% P metal
1% P sex*
1% P nail art
1% P brooch
1% N hair
1% P ballpoint pen
1% P gaming*
1% P horror
1% P cosmetics
1% P PC
1% P poster*
1% N angel
1% N Disney
1% P Chemistry *
1% P magic
1% P D+D*
1% N charm
1% N food
1% P figurine*
1% P DC
1% N tea
1% N American Girl
1% N guitar
1% N adult
1% P feathers
1% P herb*
1% P office
1% N rings
1% N postcards*
1% N decal
1% P beard*
1% N magic the gathering*
1% P Dr, Who*
1% N baking
1% P Magic the Gathering*
1% P home
1% P occult*
1% P jewellery*
1% P super hero*
1% P decal
1% P my little pony*
1% P gems
1% P flashlight
1% P weapon*
1% N gold
1% P module
1% P werewolf*
1% P decoration
1% P Pipe*
1% P math*
1% P exotic
1% P ninja*
1% P nail
1% N Doctor Who
1% N Baseball*
1% P Pagan*
1% P color
1% N ribbons
1% P Heavy metal*
1% P T-shirt*
1% P Gloves*
1% P rings
1% P embroidery
1% N game
1% N keyring
1% P Bath bomb*
1% P Cake*
1% N car sticker
1% N car decal
1% N pendant necklace
1% P Sock*
1% N choker
1% N bug*
1% P knitting needles*
1% N cat toys
1% N vinyl keychain*
1% P steam key*
1% N DC
1% N 18650 battery
1% N adapter

Monday Madness Unboxing 8

Watch the latest Monday Madness unboxing video for the Bobcat Milkshake. “Oh that’s burning, ice cream should never burn!” The surprise was a generous helping of chipotle hot sauce.

Negative Keywords

You might consider adding some negative keywords to your account. With the bot you can use either negative or positive keywords. Positive keywords are items that you want the bot to buy. Negative keywords are the sorts of products that you want the bot to avoid. Everyone has products that they want to avoid!

Make sure your negative keywords don’t have an asterisk after them. For example, add bead as a negative keyword not glass beads*. The keywords without asterisks are used more by the bot.

I took a look at the keywords selected by long-term subscribers who have been receiving packages for over a year. What jumped out was how a lot of them have added negative keywords in order to get the best packages. Here are some of the negative keywords you should take a look at…

MTG and Yugioh
These are two separate keywords, but the packages are nearly identical if you don’t play the respective card game. Of course some subscribers want to get their hands on these cards. However the bot buys from US based sources wherever it can and they are on amazon.com for under 20 cents with free shipping. Quite a few are tagged with ‘dinosaur’, ‘penguin’, ‘dragon’ and other such keywords. You might get more magic cards then you care for if you don’t add MTG and/or Yugioh as negative keywords.

Postcards
Are you only looking for three dimensional products that don’t feel like you could have printed them out yourself? About 5% of the bot’s orders are black and white postcards. The bot only re-orders designs that people like, so by definition someone is liking the bot’s postcards… but if getting any postcard will make you upset, add it as a negative keyword.

Seeds
Not everyone is a gardener and it is impossible to get good instructions for seeds ordered by the bot. Seeds are some of the lowest priced items your can find online. You also might not want to get yourself on any watch lists. Seeds are a negative keyword for all Australian and New Zealand addresses because of customs restrictions.

Jewelry
There is a lot of fairly inexpensive jewelry out there. Some folks are signed up for the jewelry. But if costume jewelry isn’t your thing you might add it as a negative keywords. This is especially true if you also have ‘steampunk’, ‘silver’, ‘gold’, ‘dragon’ or ‘dinosaur’ as positive keywords as lots of packages with those tags are jewelry.

Bead
Bead is perhaps the most polarizing keywords. Lots of subscribers want beads and lots are enraged by even the suggestion that they might want beads. If you don’t want to pay for lots of glass beads on the mail, put ‘bead’ as a negative keywords.

Item Of The Day: Japanese Brassica Seeds

The bot sent Sara in Ohio these seeds. After some digging I found this description…
 
“Special vegetable Brassica vegetables, also known as crystal, is early maturing varieties imported from Japan, including mineral -rich, low-sodium high- potassium new varieties, it has a unique aroma. Can be fried, salad, pickled, hot pot dishes is fine. Plant height of 40-50 cm , weight 1-2 kg per plant.”
 
I do wonder about the unique aroma. It might be a variety of Japanese mustard spinach. But I am not one for botany. I know some of the seeds ordered by the bot have been successfully planted with surprising results!

Top Keywords (September)

I’ve put together the below keyword distribution based on data from the past 30 days of folks adding and updating keywords with the bot. Take a look! As with everything on the internet, the bot has been dominated by cats. Not only is ‘cat’ #1, but also ‘cat toy’ is #17. I do enjoy the fact that a small but significant number of people seem to expect a goat from the bot.
 
The percentage is the fraction of all addresses that have that particular keyword selected. The P means it is a positive keyword (the bot buys it) the N means it is a negative keyword (the bot doesn’t buy it). This is a partial list – the top keywords – I didn’t include every keyword for privacy reasons… and because this is a pretty long list already.
 
Keywords with asterisks on them are discouraged by the bot, either because there aren’t many items for them or because the it arbitrarily prefers one pluralization over another (for example, the bot prefers earrings over earring*).
 
Pct +/- Keyword
13% P cat
12% P Star Wars
12% P science
12% P dinosaur
10% P Lego
10% P gadget
9% P music
9% P alcohol
8% P antique
8% P geek
8% P astronomy
8% P dragon
8% P book
8% P video game
8% N jewelry
8% P adult
8% P cat toy
8% P dog
8% P art
8% P cooking
8% P Nintendo
8% P Doctor Who
8% P kitchen gadget
8% P card game
7% P Marvel
7% P Harry Potter
7% P coffee
7% P vintage
7% P space
7% P anime
7% P Japan
7% P Pokemon
7% P action figure
7% P Game Of Thrones
7% P Halloween
6% P jewelry
6% P crafts
6% P tool
6% P steampunk
6% P Star Trek
6% P animal
6% P kawaii
6% P sci-fi
6% P dice
6% P candy
6% N earrings
6% N makeup
5% P computer
5% P Batman
5% P makeup
5% P postcard
5% P accessories
5% P pen
5% P stickers
5% P unicorn
5% P socks
5% P camping
5% P usb
5% P ancient
5% P camera
5% P Disney
5% P electronic
5% P food
5% P game
5% P stationery
5% P puzzle
5% P crystal
5% P random
5% N necklace
5% P skull
5% P baking
4% P fairy garden
4% P weird
4% P robot
4% P Christmas
4% P fabric
4% P animals
4% P awesome
4% P science fiction
4% N bead
4% P retro
4% P Raspberry Pi
4% P Alchemist
4% P quirky
4% P Korea
4% P notebook
4% P rainbow
4% P bird
4% P arduino
4% P craft
4% P Bluetooth
4% P survival
4% P sewing
4% P cute
4% P rock
4% P technology
4% P medieval
4% P penguin
4% P travel
4% P bed and bath
4% P coin
4% N Star Wars
4% N sports
4% P Tardis
4% P handmade
4% P octopus
4% P goth
4% P punk
4% P jellyfish
3% P bracelet
3% P necklace
3% P elephant
3% P led
3% P DIY
3% P magic trick
3% P fossils
3% P comic
3% P purple
3% P laser
3% P kitchen
3% P funny
3% P sketchbook
3% P seeds
3% P silver
3% P breadboard
3% P clothing
3% P Washi Tape
3% P fish
3% N anime
3% P flowers
3% P engineering
3% P tea
3% P 3d
3% P insects
3% P knife
3% P keychain
3% P beautiful
3% P Zelda*
3% N MTG rare
3% P corgi
3% P pink
3% P bee
3% P rabbit
3% P lace
3% N hair accessories
3% N Yugioh
3% N Barbie
3% N American Girl
3% P Dr, Who*
2% P Pi
2% P scientific
2% P brewing
2% P history
2% P museum
2% P Norse
2% P Jodorowsky
2% P David Bowie
2% P useful
2% P kraftwerk
2% P nail polish
2% P old
2% P black
2% P guitar
2% P apple
2% P bear
2% P banana
2% P Hello Kitty
2% P bead
2% P movie
2% P odd
2% P pets
2% P trinket
2% P cinnamon
2% N pink
2% P Canada
2% P supernatural
2% P mechanical
2% N fruit
2% N MTG
2% P stuffed animal
2% N Minecraft
2% N nail polish
2% P plush
2% P glitter
2% P sticky note
2% P cup
2% P heart
2% P board game*
2% P watercolors
2% P beer
2% P ankh
2% P witch
2% P Alice In Wonderland
2% P adventure
2% P whisky
2% P wine
2% P Totoro
2% N card
2% P fashion
2% P scale model
2% P mathalete
2% P cartoon
2% P wall sticker
2% P magic *
2% P rick and morty*
2% N adult
2% P sensual
2% P ring
2% P component
2% P orange
2% P knitting
2% P secret
2% P pencil
2% P alien
2% P magnet
2% P pickle
2% P antique pen
2% P bike
2% P beauty
2% P glasses
2% P lighter
2% P bookmark
2% P toy
2% P unique
2% P Iceland
2% P spy
2% P plant
2% P currency
2% P car
2% N bracelet
2% N earring*
2% P money
2% P cable
2% P ephemera
2% P flower
2% P puppy
2% N baby
2% N kawaii
2% P unusual
2% P toothbrush
2% P Victorian
2% P metalworking
2% N postcard
2% N tattoo
2% N children
2% N Zendikar
2% P outdoor
2% P tattoo
2% N ribbon
2% N seeds
2% N stickers
2% N clothing
2% N girl
2% N iphone
2% P crochet
2% P owl
2% N arduino
2% P iphone
2% P cosplay
2% P shark*
2% P succulent
2% P phone
2% P woodworking
2% P chocolate*
2% P latex
2% P glow
2% P avocado
2% P airplane
2% P candle*
2% N cat toy
2% P hair accessories
2% P pearl
2% P leather
2% P nail art
2% P vinyl
2% N Game Of Thrones
2% P mermaid*
2% P Map*
2% N Star Trek
2% P dungeons and dragons*
2% N food
2% N nail art
2% N nail stickers
2% N action figure
2% P perfume*
2% N ankh
2% N cosplay
2% P Mold*
2% N insects
2% N pets
2% N Gintama
1% N cat
1% P earrings
1% P hat
1% N ring
1% P charm
1% P paper
1% P fun
1% P sticker*
1% P tree
1% P peace
1% P Europe
1% P hike
1% P Mondrian
1% P space ship
1% P elf
1% P soap
1% P kitty
1% P noguchi
1% P rhino
1% P angel
1% P kit
1% P yarn
1% P strange
1% P surgical
1% P garden
1% P tiny
1% P paint
1% P physics
1% N bangle
1% N beads*
1% N women
1% P green
1% P Spider-Man
1% P fishing
1% P love
1% P cx10
1% P butterfly
1% P household
1% P locket
1% P bronze
1% P baby
1% P container
1% P books*
1% P boy
1% P games*
1% N electronic
1% P bass guitar
1% P collectible
1% P girl
1% P novelty
1% P pretty
1% P fluffy
1% P gremlin
1% P shiny
1% N apple
1% N science fiction
1% N manga
1% N scented
1% P kitten
1% N art
1% N pendant
1% N Pokemon
1% P amplifier
1% P football*
1% P dogs*
1% N seed*
1% N flower
1% N alien
1% N bookmark
1% N cable
1% P gem
1% P flashlights
1% P bling
1% P nerd*
1% P seal
1% P panda
1% P underwear
1% P miniature
1% P brass
1% P notepad
1% P Sailor Moon*
1% P tactical
1% P incense*
1% P hobbit
1% P scrapbook
1% P coloring
1% P Lord Of The Rings
1% P bicycle
1% P silk
1% P pirate
1% N emoji
1% P fruit
1% P massage
1% P women
1% P pins
1% P adventure time*
1% N sticker*
1% P wood
1% P rose
1% P food grade
1% P ocean*
1% P stamps*
1% N angel
1% N Gryffindor
1% N Disney
1% P glow in the dark*
1% P fidget*
1% P warhammer*
1% P DC*
1% N alcohol
1% N fairy garden
1% N cute
1% N magic trick
1% N Lego
1% N brooch
1% P Sherlock*
1% P photography*
1% P Wicca*
1% N Spider-Man
1% N nail
1% P beard*
1% N magic the gathering*
1% N airplane
1% P headphones*
1% P weed*
1% P ps4*
1% P gems*
1% P hawaii*
1% P goat*
1% P darth vader*
1% N gold
1% P clock*
1% P Mug*
1% P Hufflepuff*
1% P math*
1% N smile
1% N balloon
1% P bong*
1% P bobs burgers*
1% N Tardis
1% P steven universe*
1% P 40k*
1% P Heavy metal*
1% P galaxy*
1% P scented
1% P Buttons*
1% P Joker*
1% P narwhal*
1% N flowers
1% N nails*
1% N Marvel
1% N guitar pick
1% N bass lure
1% N fly fishing
1% N Paw Patrol
1% P sequin*
1% N Winnie the Pooh
1% P tobacco*
1% N keyring*

Item Of The Day: Squirrel Spatula

ferckinclerser over on Instagram posted this little video of packages bought by the bot. At the end you can see the cat suspiciously eyeing the pile of random packages. It looks like a dinosaur shaped ladle and squirrel spatula were among the haul.

Question About Budget Fiddling

Q: I adjusted my budget and number of packages a couple of times today, as it took a moment to make up my mind. I know that increases are pro-rated on the next month’s bill, but if it is changed a few times, does that cause any issues? My hope is that I was just updating a table that is then checked by some process once a day or so, so that every update doesn’t kick a bunch of things into action.

If you have any other questions for me, I may be slow to reply. I’m in Florida, and expecting this hurricane to be on me in a few hours, so I might be without power or internet. I’ll reply as soon as I can though if you need any other info.

A: Stay safe! It is a tricky question. Like you suggest, if the bot updated the billing amount every minute you might end up with a whole bunch of pro-rated charges and a crazy monthly bill. We don’t want that. On the other hand the bot should respond quickly to changes subscribers make, so it can get on with the business of buying packages. It gets complicated fast.

The site indeed just updates a table, which then kicks things into action every 24 hours only for accounts that have had no activity for the past 4 hours. So there will be no issues as long as you make the changes you want to make within a few hours of each other.

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