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Posted by Chesapeake on Wednesday, August 20, 2014


It started innocently enough. Somehow I managed to break the little plastic door on the battery compartment of my Nikon SB 800 Speedlight. Of course I immediately put it back on with duct tape, just like any enterprising photographer would do. But now I'm too embarrassed to go out in public with it looking like a battle casualty, or a refugee from a back-alley chop shop.

So I did a search on Amazon to see what a new flash unit would cost. Figuring I could always use the injured one as a slave unit for fancy lighting effects.

After picking myself off the floor upon seeing what they want for a new SB 800, I found myself in a funk. My attention wandered. The next thing I knew was I was paging through Amazon links labeled "other customers who looked at that also bought this," and such. This took me right into the land of the utterly impossible. They want $3,296.95 for an actual camera - the D810. Just the body, mind you. You want a lens? That'll cost you extra.

Well, the D810 does shoot great video, so how could I complain, I reasoned. The trouble is, since I'm no longer shooting pictures for money, I can't really justify spending enough to buy a pretty good banjo to replace my perfectly serviceable Nikon D80. End of story.

Except ...

AAAACK! I'm now being buried with ads for all manner of Nikon cameras and Speedlights. Especially the SB-800 and D810.

Scratch "buried" and substitute "taunted."

Have they no scruples?

3 comments on “Facebook hell”

Texasbanjo Says:
Thursday, August 21, 2014 @4:58:39 AM

No, they don't have scruples. Every time we search for something, we start getting ads all over our computer about the product. What we do, we delete cookies and that helps. It doesn't stop it completely until you've deleted cookies several times, but eventually, they get the hint.

Chesapeake Says:
Friday, August 22, 2014 @11:20:57 AM

These are trying times we're living through. :P

dpete210 Says:
Friday, April 10, 2015 @12:02:24 PM

If you use Safari you can choose DuckDuckGo as your search engine. Open Safari preferences and click on the Search tab and you will see where you can choose beweteen Google, Yahoo, Bing, and DuckDuckGo. The advantage is supposed to be that searches are not tracked by DuckDuckGo.

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