Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum: and just for laughs, Semp Shopping on Amazon

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Name: Mark McDonough
Massachusetts (Zone 5a)
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AntMan01
Jan 10, 2018 12:11 PM CST
Internet browsers "know" what you've been looking at, then start showing you ads on the margins of web pages with the same type products. Well, I've been looking at tons of semps, then noticed an Amazon ad for semps (the Hens & Chicks, Chick Charms are showing up on Amazon), so I clicked on the ad. Amazon page suggests similar products, look at what I found!!!

Forget about hybridizing, semps don't get any better than this: Blinking Hilarious!
(actual screen captures from Amazon.com, check-out the word-salad verbiage)

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This product page suggests other products, more word-salad product description nodding

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This company sells some of the bluest things I've ever seen, look at this mixed semp/succulents planter. Their product, whatever it is, comes with Anti Radiation Particles.
Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Jan 10, 2018 1:48 PM CST
It's kind of scary (horrifying was the word that came to mind first). I felt like my mind was getting scrambled...enough to "Want To Buy"? NOT
Name: Michael
Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany
Sempervivums Hybridizer Container Gardener Cactus and Succulents Region: Europe Garden Ideas: Level 1
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parttimegardener
Jan 10, 2018 1:56 PM CST
I didn't know I was growing Bonsai...and the radiant blue almost looks artificial.... Rolling on the floor laughing ...I need those in my breeding program!!... Big Grin
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jan 11, 2018 7:50 AM CST

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LOL, I guess great minds think alike Mark. I had posted the same picture (the first one in your post) in the Semp Chat thread yesterday! It is just crazy what they try to sell people. The sad part is that people are actually purchasing them too.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jan 12, 2018 1:58 PM CST

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Just plain scary. I wonder how many people fall for those adds?
Name: Mark McDonough
Massachusetts (Zone 5a)
Region: Massachusetts Enjoys or suffers cold winters Garden Procrastinator Native Plants and Wildflowers Garden Photography Foliage Fan
Birds Seed Starter Hybridizer Sempervivums
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AntMan01
Jan 12, 2018 2:59 PM CST
valleylynn said:Just plain scary. I wonder how many people fall for those adds?


Probably a lot, judging from some of these products with 50 or 100 customer reviews. Reading the reviews, which are almost entirely negative with the lowest rating given, why would anyone buy this scamware. By the way, many of these similar products are not so egregiously colored or photoshopped, they show nice pictures of various succulents, but the product uses similar word-salad verbal nonsense (as if a really poor language translation), but with similar terrible results judging from customer ratings. Unfortunately Amazon is allowing its site to become a gateway for unvetted 3rd party retailers and down-right scammers.

As the old saying goes "a sucker is born every minute". Sighing!

Avatar: Jovibarba x nixonii 'Jowan'
Allium 'Millenium' - 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year:
http://www.perennialplant.org/...
https://www.waltersgardens.com...

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