Probing a mysterious network of dropshippers, evangelicals, crapgadgets, and semi-vacant Manhattan department stores - 2018-11-28

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F272.png Probing a mysterious network of dropshippers, evangelicals, crapgadgets, and semi-vacant Manhattan department stores November 28, 2018, Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

Jenny Odell is an artist and critic whose Bureau of Suspended Objects report on dropshipping (previously) was a fascinating dive into the weird, scammy world of crapgadgets and farcically poorly made fashion items sold through a network of "influencers" and turnkey ecommerce tool.

Now, Odell has stumbled into a much weirder, much scammier, much murkier world, when she started investigating the parents of one of her Stanford students were receiving a steady stream of mysterious packages addressed to "Returns Department, Valley Fountain LLC."

Odell's investigation revealed a bizarre network of shitty, overpriced off-brand gadgets sold through thousands of Amazon stores, as well as through a mostly empty "department store" right in the middle of Manhattan, as well as through a network of "book stores" that mostly sold crappy gadgets, whose proprietor kept on changing his name.

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{{cite news | first = Cory | last = Doctorow | title = Probing a mysterious network of dropshippers, evangelicals, crapgadgets, and semi-vacant Manhattan department stores | url = https://boingboing.net/2018/11/28/dreamtime-of-scammy-llcs.html | work = Boing Boing | date = November 28, 2018 | accessdate = November 30, 2021 }}