A four-star guilt trip from Gma

January 12th, 2015 · 38 comments

“I love that Gma knocked a few stars off her Amazon review due to not getting an acknowledgment from her granddaughter,” says Lisa in Seattle. (See, kids? You don’t write a thank you note, and EVERYBODY SUFFERS.)

A four-star guilt trip from Gma

related: Nobody guilt trips like a Grandma

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  • #1   e

    She included the pass-agg comment as the review title, in addition to the review content! Perhaps she somehow hopes to lure Granddaughter to the page and have her notice it.

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Rain

      If you don’t include a title on the review, Amazon will automatically pull some text from your review for a title.

      Jan 18, 2015 at 1:23 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   underwatervulcan

    It is December 31st and my granddaughter hasn’t drawn a world yet. God made the world in six days but she can’t draw it in he same amount of time?

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   Lita bang

    Why do I get the feeling Gma pulls this shit regularly and that’s why granddaughter hasn’t said a word?

    Jan 12, 2015 at 3:15 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   Poltergeist

    I bought my best friend’s cousin’s daughter’s boyfriend a Ferrari for his half-birthday and did not receive a thank you note; therefore, I have concluded that Ferraris are cheaply-made pieces of shit and must let the world know this. Also my son never calls me, my cat has been emotionally distant, and I’m cold.

    Jan 13, 2015 at 3:34 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   The Elf

      I know what you mean, Poltergeist. My cat never calls me, my son is cold, and I’m emotionally distant. Let’s make bad Amazon reviews together.

      Jan 13, 2015 at 8:04 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   havingfitz

      Your pain, I feel it. My poltergeist never calls me, my son a cheaply-made piece of shit, and I’ve never received a thank-you note from my cat for the cold I gave it. Take THAT, Wendy’s on Yelp!

      Jan 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.3   Belaani

      My poltergeist calls me all the time. On the hand mixer. The reception’s better than my cell phone.

      Jan 15, 2015 at 4:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.4   L

      I’m so cold. So… cold…

      Jan 16, 2015 at 1:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.5   The Elf

      I’m downgrading this product because L hasn’t written me a thank-you note about the chillow I sent.

      Jan 16, 2015 at 9:49 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   The Elf

    Was this review helpful to you? NO.

    Jan 13, 2015 at 8:56 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   hbc

      What do you mean? My main purpose of reading reviews is to find out whether the item in question is the type to inspire others to give me feedback on how much they enjoyed it.

      Jan 14, 2015 at 11:03 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   kaetra

    More proof old people are all Cranks?

    Jan 13, 2015 at 9:13 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   Ace of Space

    I am surprised that Gma didn’t take this beef straight to Facebook, where Gdaughter has the same rotten chance of seeing it there as on Amazon.

    Jan 13, 2015 at 12:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Kate

    Aw man, I saw that review the other day when I bought the book for my son but it didn’t occur to me to submit it!

    Thankfully my son has told his grandmother how much he likes the drawing books she got him for Christmas (hence our purchase of another one) so she won’t be tempted to leave a review like that one ;) .

    Jan 13, 2015 at 6:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   Jami

    I want to know what the product is.

    Oh hell, I just want to find Gma and ask her what the hell that has to do if the product’s good or not and how she feels about the fact that she’s just lowered the rating of a product just because her granddaughter doesn’t want to talk to her passive aggressive ass.

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   kermit

      The book is Ed Emberly’s Drawing Book: Make a World. It’s written in the 3rd line, after the byline of the review.

      Maybe the coloring book really is lousy.

      Jan 14, 2015 at 11:57 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   Lita bang

      Hey now, I had that book and it’s pretty awesome.

      Jan 14, 2015 at 3:18 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.3   Jami

      There. I did it. Though Amazon might remove it.

      Jan 14, 2015 at 9:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.4   Poltergeist

      I read your response Jami and I’m laughing my ass off. You really told her!

      Jan 15, 2015 at 5:29 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.5   Jami

      I have anger issues. Especially with stupid people. Gma qualifies.

      Jan 15, 2015 at 6:28 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.6   kermit

      It’s one thing to write irrelevant info in a review of a coloring book – of all things(!). It’s quite another bag of crazy to go to town on the person with a “review” of your own.

      People write funny/irrelevant/fake reviews of products on Amazon all the time. See the “Uhpinions” site linked in the top banner. Aside from this review being PA, it’s no different than those.

      Jan 16, 2015 at 8:43 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.7   Poltergeist

      That’s what made Jami’s response funny, kermit. It’s like, “Oh, so you’re going to form your opinion on something based on irrelevant information? Fine, then I’ll form my opinion of you based on something equally as silly – an Amazon review.”

      Jan 16, 2015 at 9:05 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.8   Jami

      With Unopinions you can tell they’re fake and done for fun.

      She’s serious about this and downgraded the product as well. That’s what makes the difference.

      It’s like going on Yelp and giving a bad review of a place you’ve never even been to just because your 5th grade bully works there as a busboy.

      Jan 16, 2015 at 9:37 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.9   kermit

      Jami, go adopt some kittens. Seriously.

      Jan 16, 2015 at 9:48 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.10   assiveProgressive

      I give hotels on tripadvisor low ratings if the folks I picked up on craigslist don’t compliment me lavishly on my nekkidness or my love-making skills. Such compliments are more important to me than whether I later discover I am covered in bedbug bites. I once gave Steve’s Motel a five-star rating because somebody, I can’t remember who it was, told me I looked hawwwt in my granny Hanes. I later discovered a large reptile had slithered into my purse at Steve’s, but I didn’t even mention it, because, you know, it’s all about meeeeeee

      Jan 16, 2015 at 10:43 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.11   Tesselara

      I thought “large reptile” and “purse” were euphemisms. But decided they weren’t, because a “large reptile” in your “purse” is a thing you discover immediately.

      Jan 16, 2015 at 11:51 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.12   Kasaba

      Harsh reply to Gma’s comment, Jamie.

      I’ve been in friggin turmoil with respect to feelings towards the elderly. Been in hospital all week, first in a room with aggressive, angry, racist lady and one as mad as a box of frogs, and felt quite annoyed and frustrated. Now I am in a room with a lady who keeps saying she wants to die and says “I’m just a nuisance, please let me die.” every time anyone comes close. I find it really distressing and feel real pity for her. I hate that she feels she is a nothing but a burden, or that (her) people have made her feel that way.

      My body is being healed, but my mind is being frayed by this stay. :-(

      Jan 16, 2015 at 12:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.13   Mags

      She had a legitimate complaint about the book — the pictures/instructions were too small. Another reviewer after her posted the same thing and said that she’d returned the books. So I think the grandma gave it a poor rating because she wasn’t impressed with it, but in all fairness said that she hadn’t heard how her granddaughter had liked it, since the granddaughter is the end user.

      Jan 22, 2015 at 9:22 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   KarateLady

    Actually, this just reminded me that I had my son write out his thank you notes…but I forgot to mail them! Mommy FAIL! :-( His handwriting isn’t the best so I put the addresses on the envelopes for him. Think I will do that now…and in the future I will do the envelopes before he writes the thank yous! :-)

    Jan 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   The Elf

      Thank you notes from Christmas? You’re good.

      Jan 15, 2015 at 7:53 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   magicdomino

    My response to someone who doesn’t acknowledge gifts is to stop sending them. I don’t need a hand-written note on engraved stationary praising the gift as the finest of all possible gifts. A phone call, an email, a text saying “I got it. Thanks.” is all that is necessary to prove that gifts are not falling into a black hole somewhere. Because if your gifts keep falling into a black hole, there is no point in sending you any more, is there?

    In a way, Grandma has my sympathies. But leaving a bad review on Amazon? Nope. If you are going to be passive-aggressive about it, go the traditional route of a pack of thank-you notecards with pre-addressed stamped envelopes.

    Jan 16, 2015 at 11:49 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   the cat

    I’ve reported her review as abuse – which it is. This is a product review not an etiquette column. If you can’t tell the difference you should someone should take away your computer because you could hurt somebody. And by the way – I’m a senior and I know how to behave online, even on days when everything hurts and, my glasses are lost, and i can hardly remember my own name. Old is not an excuse to be ugly.

    Jan 16, 2015 at 2:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Lythande

      On behalf of the internet, thank you. Fake, irrelevant, or stupid online reviews make me angry.

      Jan 18, 2015 at 5:43 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   Meep

    I’ve read some of her other reviews, and they are mostly 4 or 5 stars. She mentions her granddaughters a few more times.

    Jan 18, 2015 at 8:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   Raichu

    Does she think her granddaughter is actually going to see this? Man, this is just passive-passive. And in bad taste.

    Feb 15, 2015 at 12:36 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

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    Mar 19, 2015 at 8:59 am   rating: 91  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Madrias

      Oh, look, another dumb-dumb who thinks a blog post is the right place to advertise. At least if you’re going to write spam, put some fuckin’ effort into it.

      Mar 20, 2015 at 2:03 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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