by BigKB
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Bought bike f/Argos. 2 days later wife's Fbook gets ad for same bike. What's hap

Hi

Newbie here.

2 days ago I searched for a kids bike on Argos's website with my phone. Later bought the bike in store. Today my wife has an ad for exactly the same bike pop up in her Facebook. Eerie or what. We checked back and think this is the 5th time something like this has happened. I once searched for a tractor and 2 days later she got tractor ads in Facebook. She had holiday ads arrive after I had been searching for a winter break.

I don't have Facebook. How are they able to reap my browsing and then send ads to my wife. My big worry is who else are they sending it to.

I use EE, she has 3mobile. We both have Samsung's but different models. The only common factor I can find is the wi-fi. It happened when we had BT and is now happening with Vodafone.

We are not making this up. It is very unsettling. Does anyone have a fix or explanation?

Cheers

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by Grand Master
Grand Master

Re: Bought bike f/Argos. 2 days later wife's Fbook gets ad for same bike. What's

Hi, 

 

It's called targeted advertising and it's likely identifying similar IP addresses. Once it's matched it will show advertising from say Amazon or Argos for items you have viewed or searched for in the past. 

 

On Samsung if you go into settings - Google you can change ads. It's also tracking cookie.

 

Thanks   




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by Grand Master
Grand Master

Re: Bought bike f/Argos. 2 days later wife's Fbook gets ad for same bike. What's


@BigKB wrote:

Hi

The only common factor I can find is the wi-fi.


If you doing this over WiFi to your Broadband, whether BT or Voda, you are both using the same connection to the Net with the same public IP addy.

 

Whenever you do a web search like Google it remembers products you search for & will then trigger ads for the same product from various platforms like FB. As you are both on the same BB connection you will both see these ads in diff ways as you browse diff sites. That's the price we all pay for a "free" Net.

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Re: Bought bike f/Argos. 2 days later wife's Fbook gets ad for same bike. What's

Hi @BigKB,

 

Welcome to the EE Community.

 

I can see you've had two great answers already but I wanted to add that if you are both logged in to the same Google account on your phones, your browsing history may be shared across the two phones.

 

Thanks

 

James

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