One of Boston’s competitors for the Amazon headquarters just bought 1,000 products from the website

Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, Missouri, is trying to attract Amazon to his city by reviewing 1,000 products online.


Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, Missouri, is trying to attract Amazon to his city by reviewing 1,000 products online.

Looking for a way to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to your city? Here’s an idea: just purchase and review 1,000 different products on — you guessed it — Amazon’s website.

At least that’s the method Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, Missouri, is using.


The city leader has even created a website for the mission, complete with the slogan “Make Kansas City the Most Well-Reviewed City on Amazon.”

“How do I get Amazon to take notice of Kansas City? Product reviews,” James said in a video on his Twitter page.

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On his website, James has reviewed everything from Fiber One Cereal to Luvs Ultra Leakguards Diapers, from Elmer’s glue to 10-packs of Play-Doh.

And so far, all the reviews are good.

All 1,000 products purchased for the project will be donated to charity, James wrote on his Twitter page.


The mayor has continued tweeting out reviews, short video clips, and gifs with the hashtag #KC5stars. Others are tweeting with the hashtag to explain why their city should be chosen for Amazon’s next headquarters.

Bids from city and state leaders are due to Amazon by Oct. 19.

And Kansas City isn’t the first to try to woo Amazon leaders with unique attention-seeking projects.

In Tucson, Arizona, leaders tried to mail Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a 21-foot cactus. In Philadelphia, Wharton Business School students are basing the start of their semester on the goal of pitching to Amazon.

And the mayor from Ottawa, Ontario, flew to Seattle in September just to be as close to Amazon’s headquarters as possible.

“It’s like ‘The Amazing Race,’” Jim Watson, the mayor of Ottawa, told The New York Times. “You’ve got this cast of characters running toward the Holy Grail.”

Material from The New York Times was used in this report. Felicia Gans can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.
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