"What did you order this for?" she remembers asking her 70-year-old husband Mike Gallivan but actually he hadn't ordered them. It was easy for the couple to forget about the puzzling package until many others started arriving.
More than 50 free packages have been sent to the house, all addressed to Mike Gallivan, none containing the sender's name or invoices or receipts. The gadgets have started piling in a corner of their house: Phone chargers, USB cords, an outdoor TV plastic cover, a computer vacuum cleaner, a humidifier powered by a USB, a Bluetooth speaker, tent lamps, high-intensity flashlights, a rechargeable dog collar
Gallivans, who are both retired intensive-care nurses, aren't the first to receive these types of packages. Anonymous boxes labelled as Amazon packages have been arriving to several Canadian university student unions. Their contents - everything from iPod cases to sex toys - are baffling, said Shawn Wiskar, vice president of student affairs at the University of Regina Students Union. He told the CBC that his staff has had to go door to door and inconspicuously ask students if they'd ordered the items.
Gallivans said they contacted Amazon and told them whatever they could about the packages: That they were delivered by someone in a white van and that their return address appeared to be an Amazon warehouse in Lexington, Kentucky. A representative was able to derive from a package's bar code that the items were being paid for with a gift card. The Gallivans were told Amazon would investigate but have yet to hear back.< Two experts who previously worked for Amazon told Murphy that a mystery seller was likely trying to boost the visibility of their product online by creating a false email account, which would then be used to create an Amazon account. Then the seller would buy the product with a gift card and send it to someone random, like the Gallivans, Murphy reported. Once the item is shipped, the seller - now considered a "verified buyer"- can then write a positive review of the product with the false email account. Amazon typically showcases top-rated products. More good reviews makes it look like you're doing better business, so the higher up your name on the list goes. Gallivans aren't sure how much longer they'll keep receiving the packages. Some items have been well-received Mike Gallivan said he plans to use the high-intensity flashlight and a pair of Bluetooth headphones. Other gadgets, like a "little gizmo you put around your cellphone that lights up the area when you want to take your selfie will be donated