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10 July 2017

This Amazon bot is making the best phone cases we’ve ever seen

Image: amazon/my-handy-design

Amazon Prime Day is nearly here, but there’s something else catching people’s attention on Amazon this week.

A seller that appears to be a bot is making cases for iPhones and Samsung phones with bizarre stock images — and they’re quite possibly the best cases we’ve ever seen.

The seller’s store was first spotted and shared on Twitter by Data Artist Russel Jurney.

The phone cases take stock photos of everyday scenes like, oh… you know, someone getting their armpits waxed, construction workers placing insulation on a house wall, or veterinarian implanting a microchip in a dog, and plaster them on cases for the iPhone or popular Samsung phones. 

Some of the covers feature more sexually explicit images, or just plain weird ones including “doctor adjustable angle knee brace support for leg or knee injur” and “Pregnant woman putting headphones on her belly

The product description from one of the phone cases says:

You would like your cellphone to have a very special personal look? Then this is the right place for you. Design the look of your cell phone cover to your very personal taste. You’ve got the choice: We offer you a vast variety of images you can add your own personal message to, or you may use your own photos to design your unique cover.If you need help to design your cover, contact us via Amazon and we will help you without any charge. It’s so easy! You choose your type of smartphone, create your design and we supply you with a fancy outfit.

Image: amazon/my-handy-design

The account uses images from stock photo sites like Fotolia. Most of the products don’t seem to have any reviews or ratings, but a few like “Girl with a hearing aid. hearing aid in the ear close up “ have superlative, probably joking reviews:

“For the last 20 years, I’ve been fantasizing about owning a cell phone case featuring an ear with a hearing aid. It has always been one of my life’s aspirations; in fact, I wanted it more than anything in the world – even world peace. Who would’ve thought that such a beautiful design concept would ever come to fruition? The moment I saw this case, I almost fell out of my chair. It’s so beautiful, it brings tears to my eyes. As an added bonus, it looks like I have a sideways ear on my cheek whenever I’m holding the phone up to my head. Whoever designed this case is a veritable genius.”

Other reviewers are not as happy with their purchases – one reviewer was extremely disappointed with the quality of the purchase.

The cases sell for between $15 and $30 each, and from the looks of it are totally worth the cost. You can see the full list of cases for yourself here.

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