Saturday, March 8, 2014

Is This Man The Best Fake Amazon Reviewer in America?

James Otis Thach is a children's books author and compulsive writer of fake Amazon reviews.  He is taking the art form of writing fake Amazon reviews and turning it into... well, into an art form.

People get a bad rap for posting fake reviews on Amazon.  Glowingly positive fake reviews make it hard for us to know whether the product is actually good or bad.  Which undermines the whole Amazon honor system.  Or whatever.

Personally, I think fake Amazon reviews are a good thing.

The master of the fake Amazon review appears to be a man named James Otis Thach, a children's book author who lives in Los Angeles.  

Thach may well be one of the funniest writers working in America today.  The fact that he chooses as his venue says something about the modern world, but I'm not sure what.

Ready for a taste?

Here is his review of the UN85S9 85-Inch ultra-high-definition TV, a $40,000 television set from Samsung:
The Samsung UN85S9 85-Inch ultra-high-definition TV, priced to go at $39,997.99.

Very Satisfied

My wife and I bought this after selling our daughter Amanda into white slavery. We actually got a refurbished. It's missing the remote, but oh well-- for $10K off, I can afford a universal, right? The picture is amazing. I've never seen the world with such clarity.

Amanda, if you're reading this, hang in there, honey! We'll see you in a year.


I just wanted to add an addendum to my review. Since posting it, we have received a flood of responses. People have said some pretty hurtful things--even questioning our values. Let me assure you, this was not an easy decision to make, and we made it as a family. Obviously, it's very personal. But in light of all the second-guessing, I wanted to explain our thinking.

First and foremost, screen size. I really think you can't go too big. 85" may seem huge, but you get used to it fast. Second, resolution. Is 4K overkill? Please, that's what they said about 1080P! More dots = better. Period. And as far as this being a $40,000 "dumb" TV, people need to re-read my initial post: WE BOUGHT IT REFURBISHED. It was only $30,000.

Some of you may think I'm avoiding the "elephant in the room"-the real reason why this was such a heart-wrenching choice. So let's just get it out there. Yes, the 120 Hz refresh rate is a disappointment, especially on a 4K. But life is full of compromises. And frankly, we hardly notice. All in all, no regrets.

P.S., as for our daughter, NO ONE has the right to question our parenting. Totally out of bounds. Amanda was going into 7th grade, so it was going to be a transitional year anyway. Now she gets to see the world. How many kids her age get to go to Bahrain? I sure as heck didn't, but you don't hear me screaming "child abuse." Bottom line: MYOB! Seriously.

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Here is his review of the Montegrappa Sylvester Stallone Chaos Limited Edition Fountain Pen -Xtra Fine, a $5,770 pen.  

The Montegrappa Sylvester Stallone Chaos Limited Edition Fountain Pen, a steal at just $5,770.


Do you appreciate fine craftsmanship? Then you'll understand the unique appeal of the Montegrappa Chaos pen. International tastemaker Sylvester Stallone has plumbed the depths of his creative imagination, and the inevitable result is Chaos.

The visionary genius behind such varied works as Rocky I-V, Rambo I-IV, and Rhinestone, Mr. Stallone has once again redrawn the map of the possible by mind-crafting this exquisite writing instrument. It may look like something you picked up at a Tijuana border crossing, but don't let its junky appearance fool you. Once visitors to your executive office or Miami narco-mansion recognize it as the handiwork of Stallone, all questions of taste will evaporate.

The body is fashioned from "black pearlized celluloid", quite possibly the world's fanciest way of saying "plastic." Inlaid with 18K gold and featuring swords, skulls, and snakes, the Nazi pirate design perfectly symbolizes the chaotic violence of Mr. Stallone's penmanship. Feel it lurch to life in your hand. This is a pen that begs to be written with, even if you have nothing to say. And when there are no more words, its patented "squip" feature will launch a burst of ink from the skull, creating the splatter pattern that has been Sly's signature since First Blood.

If you're one who writes til your fingers bleed, the jagged exterior of the Chaos pen will cut your writing time in half. But even if you can barely sign your own name, this pen will communicate volumes--about your finances, your relationships, and your basic mental equilibrium. In a word, Chaos.


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One more, shall we?  Here's his review of the Universal Duraflex Saleen Wing Trunk Lid Spoiler, a $268 race-car type spoiler to put on the trunk of your car.  

An old Toyota Tercel tricked out with the hot rod Universal Spoiler.

Spoiler Alert

At O.G. Financial, we specialize in investment strategies for the indigent. Stocks and bonds? B!#ch, please. Never invest in bonds. People skip out on those all the time. We advocate a diversified portfolio of athletic footwear, automotive accessories and lotto tickets.

Here's a five-star opportunity to put your money out of work: a whale tale for the back of your car. For a fraction of the cost of home ownership, you can make your '94 Civic look like an exotic sports car. That's a value proposition any fool can see. Add a modified carburetor, and that angry-lawnmower growl will tell the world what you already know: player, you've arrived.

O.G. Financial. So smart, it's stupid. 

Read all of James O. Thach's Amazon reviews.

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  1. Awesome man. I don't know where you find this stuff. It has inspired me to begin a campaign of fake comments on your blog.

    - BS, Argentina

  2. I didn't know they spoke American in Argentina.

  3. Yes, they do! There is a small percentage of Argentina that speaks American. However, the overwhelming population is monolingual in Argentinian. Many speak Chilean, but it is a dying fad. In recent years, legislators have tried to make Spanish the official language of the country, but their attempts have largely failed due to foreign ignorance of the issues.