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originally posted by: Nickn3
You are correct in that you are being tracked. Probably from an earlier on line search. The marketing firms can even locate the search track to a small area. Its called geofencing. How many people in your area are looking for a particular item.
Personally I pay in cash for anything that may reflect poorly on me. Restaurant food (diet), Drinks (alcohol consumption), over the counter medication or health products, groceries, and of course, guns or ammo. There is a tremendous amount of data out there. A powerful AI program will mine it for them, so that next time they can market directly to you at the best price. Or sell that info to your insurance company. Example: Mr. X orders french fries 4 times a week with lunch, red meat with ever meal, and too many drinks, he is at a high risk of heart attack. It's time to raise his heath insurance premiums.
Or do I see conspiracies every where?
How Wal-Mart and Gillette Got Themselves into a P.R. Nightmare Over Tracking Chips
When CNET reported back on January 8th that Wal-mart and Gillette were planning on teaming up to introduce Radio Frequency ID- chipped products in the Brockton, Massachusetts store most people hardly noticed. The same was true when the RFID Journal reported a day earlier that "Gillette plans to use the (RFID) tags with "smart" shelves (with built-in RFID readers) in stores in the U.S."
Just high-tech talk about some nonsense that only manufacturers and retailers care about. That's why both Gillette-- the pioneer in RFID-chipping for consumer items and the nation's largest retailer--Wal-Mart figured they'd just go ahead with plans to do a "field test" in early June.
They set up Gillette products on an RFID-reader enabled "smart" shelf with no notification that a test was being conducted. (I have seen a picture of the shelf in the Brockton Wal-Mart store. It shows pager-sized black boxes attached to wires - one of several photos a privacy-loving woman snapped after finding out about the trackable Gillette products and the reader devices.) A front page story in the Brockton Enterprise alerted local shoppers to the scheme. Soon after the story ran, the "smart" shelves were gone, replaced with standard supermarket shelving that looked nothing like what our astute shopper had seen when she photographed those same shelves just 12 days earlier.