On the e-commerce giant that is Amazon, you can order anything from electronic goods to office furniture, 365 days a year, and often have it delivered the very same day to your doorstep at just the click of a button.
But has all this convenience meant that it is far too easy to impulse buy something that is both bizarre and totally useless?
However, before we start this list, we want to mention that 16th-century Latin saying might well apply here: “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.” Late one night, a decade ago, I bought a fully functional Yugoslavian gas mask. Why? Because I just wanted one.
(Okay, I admit, it was an impulse buy.)
One would think it’s surely a very bizarre and useless item to own. But now, with the recent Coronavirus outbreak and the ever-growing “threat” of a zombie apocalypse, the item might well turn out to be a very shrewd and practical purchase.
So here is our list of the Top 25 Most Bizarre and Useless Products You Can Buy on Amazon.
Please note: At the time of this article, all these Amazon products were available and the rankings quoted were correct. Gag gifts have not been included on this list as they serve a clear purpose, which is (supposedly!) to be funny.
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6. To Get Stones During Pregnancy
Maybe one should always be suspicious if a product makes medical claims and has no reviews, along with a disclaimer that it is not being promoted as a medical treatment or medication!
Such is the case of the four gemstone crystal set, specially designed to aid in a woman’s pregnancy and birthing. The seller claims these crystals will encourage a healthy pregnancy, ease the pain of childbirth, and assist in breastfeeding. Does this sound like they are implying the product is a medical wonder?
Oddly, the seller goes on about this brought about due to the “unique combination” of four very specific gemstone crystals, yet they say, “Please Note: Due to crystal availability, substitutions may occasionally occur.”
Rated as the 14,711th bestseller in Amazon’s Collectible section.
7. The Umbrella Reinvented
If you want to work, play, or simply stroll along hands-free in the rain, but still be dry, this is the product for you. It is a bizarre combination of a hat and a neck umbrella.
You really need to see it to appreciate how absurd it is. Also, oddly, it is only recommended for people no taller than 5’5″. As for what customers think of this stylish head-covering wonder, it got very mixed reviews.
Rating in the top sellers’ list is unknown.
8. Faith in a Bottle
Holy Water is said to cure the lame and bring about miracles. Nowadays, for your convenience, you can go on Amazon and buy it a liter at a time. Having been pre-blessed by a priest and for your peace of mind, it comes with a certificate confirming its source is both pure and divine.
Interestingly enough, it is about as popular an item as the previous product on our list (temporary self-adhesive pockets!).
Rated as the 253,292nd bestseller in Amazon’s Health & Household section.
9. Temporary Self-Adhesive Pockets
Have you ever worn something that either does not have enough pockets or worse still, none at all? Well, the solution is here: self-adhesive temporary pockets!
They do have a few drawbacks, as follows: they come in just one color (light beige), are not machine washable, not reusable, not that cheap, very small (will hold just a credit card), and will not stick to certain material (like wool). Lastly, a lot of reviews say it has a nasty habit of falling off (never a good thing for a pocket to do).
And here’s something to reflect on, American Amazon buyers would rather buy one of a 1/4 million other products in the Health & Household section before purchasing this one.
Rated as the 223,960th bestseller in Amazon’s Health & Household section.
10. For the Psychopathic Gardener!
Heavy-duty gardening gloves with claw attachment for raking and digging? Now, I have some issues with this product. Apart from your neighbors thinking you are dressing up for Halloween, the claw attachments are not even made with metal, but plastic.
Also, it says they are fun to use. Obviously, they do not know what real fun is!! And their claim that the claw garden glove is the way of the future, and that it will replace every potting tool you own, is more than a little far fetched.
Rated as the 169th bestseller in Amazon’s Garden Glove section.