The Absurdity of Amazon Reviews – Satire Summary


Hayden Rose

A typical Amazon delivery box.

Hayden Rose, Editor

Amazon is a place that allows people to shop for virtually anything, ranging from normal everyday items that people might need around the house, such as toilet paper, to things that don’t make sense, such as cut flowers, which have a possibility of dying before they’re shipped to you. The reviews for the latter of these types of items tend to be strange or downright ridiculous, which make for a fun time perusing the reviews.

One particularly enthusiastic review takes on a sarcastic tone, satirizing the absurdity of gendered products. Those products, in this case, are ballpoint pens, labelled “Bic for Her.”

“My husband has never allowed me to write, as he doesn’t want me touching mens pens. However when I saw this product, I decided to buy it (using my pocket money) and so far it has been fabulous! Once I had learnt to write, the feminine color and the grip size (which was more suited to my delicate little hands) has enabled me to vent thoughts about recipe ideas, sewing and gardening. My husband is less please with this product as he believes it will lead to more independence and he hates the feminine tingling sensation (along with the visions of fairies and rainbows) he gets whenever he picks it up.”

The absurdity of this comment is self-explanatory, and sends a rather funny message about products unnecessarily marketed for women.

Another crazy review is on the product, “Uranium Ore,” supposedly a small canister of radioactive material. After reading the following review, I couldn’t help but crack up at the user’s response.

“I purchased this product 4.47 billion years ago and when I opened it today, it was half empty.”

This sarcastic bit of comedy refers to the radioactive half-life of uranium, which is a fixed rate at which the material will lose its energy by shooting off radiation.

In addition to Amazon, there are plenty of other places to find funny reviews from people, such as Yelp, Google Maps, etc., and it’s always a pleasant experience to come across something that someone said to be funny on a common product.