19 October 2021

American ragpickers

This person is a "You Tuber" who starts with an effusive "Hello friends..." which is my signal to tap the mute button.  I'm posting this just to show the mountains of returned "trash and treasures" created by Amazon.   The scenes remind me of those steaming piles of refuse in videos like this.

Tip of the day for newbies:  after the mute button, the other useful browsing tools are to hover your mouse over the progress bar, and to click the right arrow on your keyboard to jump through the video in 5-second intervals.

So much stuff.  I wonder what our grandparents would have thought of this.


  1. Well, at least she doesn't have some weirdly exaggerated facial expression in the frame. I reflexively skip over those YouTube videos.

  2. one sunday morning, the parking lot of a store selling discounted candy was packed, which was unusual for opening time. people were leaving the store with huge boxes of 'stuff'. i asked one person who told me that the boxes were filled with amazon returns, and they were getting probably five or six hundred dollars worth for like a hundred.


  3. I hope you'll allow me to wander off-topic just a bit, because I wonder if the erudite TWKI audience might answer a question that's driving me crazy. For a project I'm working on I've had to watch a LOT of YouTube videos. I started to notice that in almost every video the first 30 to 45 seconds are basically filler, after which the actual content of the video begins. At first you think it's just how the creators chose to do it, but after a while you start to wonder if there's some rule of thumb that for some reason one should pad the first minute of a YT video. I can understand padding the end of a video. I've seen too many lovely final shots and story payoffs buried beneath YouTube's suggestions for further viewing. But why the front? Just wondering.

    1. An amuse bouche before the content. Seems pretty standard for most broadcast television as well, though if you’re under thirty you may not know much about broadcast TV.

    2. Partly, youtube at times (not for every video) bases payments on video length, so some gab at the front ensures you reach length without dieseling. Also, many people have been taught the "say what you're going to say, say it, then recap" method of presentation. Thirdly, many "amateurs" and spammy vids just leap into a scene, leaving people hanging on context and conclusion
      To avoid this, you get intro and outro from the "professionals" on yt.

  4. Considering that I saw my first TV show in 1955, yeah, I know a little bit about broadcast TV.

  5. My favorite Youtube feature lately is the Playback Speed option. I watched this particular video at 1.75x, and it was a great decision.


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