One of the bot’s most popular items, only availabe for those with keywords tool or survival selected, is this wallet-sized multi-use tool. It is can be your…
-4 position wrench
-Direction ancillary indication
-2 position wrench
-Lanyard hole (key ring hole)
Great for camping, hiking, backpacking, hunting, trail riding, measuring very small distances or bottle opening. The seller advertises a 12 month warranty, so if you break yours let me know!
Want colorful pens with animals and random words on them? Well quite a few of you want this sort of Kawaii stationery because it has some of the top feedback in the bot’s database. These Korean pens go out from keywords Kawaii, pen, stationery, cute or Korean.
These squeaky toy mice are a favorite of those who have ‘cat toy’ or ‘cats’ as keywords. The seller writes…
Can make clear sound, draw your cat’s attention easily and arouse its curiosity. Make your pet feel more interesting, energetic, nimbler.
Whose cat doesn’t want to feel more interesting? They show mice in every color, from pink to green to orange, but the bot doesn’t get any choice in what color mouse it buys. It must be decided at the whim of someone on the fulfillment center, which seems appropriate.
The manufacturer also sent the bot this map showing their worldwide shipping times and supply chain. I know quite a few subscribers have questions about shipping for the first month when items are in transit. This breaks down their process a bit. I think customs is the biggest chunk of the delivery time. Packing the little mice on a plane and getting them to the cats that need to feel more interesting can’t take long.
Dec 15, 2015
An angry Batman armored minifigure from TT toys has a cape, grimace and glazed over eyes, presumably because of all the injustice in Gotham. This is one of the most popular items bought by the bot. What I didn’t quite understand, was why Batman has a gun. After some digging, I have figured it out. TT Toys is a Milan based manufacturer that specializes in replica pedal and electric cars. Not bat specialists*. I have no idea how they got from tiny cars to superheroes but perhaps they should stick to making Lamborghinis you can pedal around the block. Batman doesn’t use guns. Wikipedia confirms: “An exception to the range of Batman’s equipment are guns, which he refuses to use on principle, since a gun was used in his parents’ murder.” On the other hand, perhaps TT toys are on to something. As you can see from the below feedback chart a whooping 86% of subscribers who get this little guy give the package a thumbs up. Not bad at all.
* A bat specialist is called a chiropterologist. The more you know.
Jan 20, 2016
A subscriber wrote in with a picture of this very unusual and interesting resurrection plant. She writes “The plant is awesome. It is basically dead and can survive like that for years apparently. Then when you add water it comes back to life. This is what it looks like after a couple of hours in water [see below picture]. You should get the bot to buy this for others.”
The top picture is how the plant shows up, the bottom picture the subscriber sent in after it had been in water for a few hours.
Feb 4, 2016
Subscriber Jessica posted on Facebook, “Got insane value out of my last bobcat!”
Select keywords ‘necklace’ or ‘jewelry’ to get packages like this one.
I recently met up with subscriber Andrew in Chicago, who brought along this little pair of droids that the bot sent him. Lego is one of the top keywords, as you can see here and here. About 5% of all packages the bought buys are either Legos or similar mini-figures, like these ones. There are a few funny things that we noticed about these figures. First, notice that the BlockWorks logo is ‘Collect Them All’, borrowing generously from Pokemon for some reason. Also it is unclear what the black droid is doing with a blue button on it’s head. My theory is that it got accidentally thrown in at the factory. Or perhaps it is a light so that the drone can’t run off without you seeing where it is!
A subscriber in Australia writes “Received a small hunting knife. Certainly a contrast from faux-lego minifigs and bottle openers.”
Apparently it was opened and inspected by Australia Customs, so perhaps the bot is succeeding in its original goal of getting people onto watch lists!
This headband the bot has been buying has received nothing but positive feedback. It comes in pretty much every color and has a “super lovely design”.
The bot has ironically been buying this nifty bot-shaped USB convertor, which lets you connect a USB memory stick, a USB memory card reader, or a keyboard to your phone.