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Of course you find it annoying, like the rest of us you have a brain. I always get the wiff of a dispicable sales babbling idiot when I come across these types of psych tactics, anyone else will too, most people are just to conditioned to respond with anything other then the usual politeness.
Looking at the feature from a webmasters perspective my main concern with adding the feature is pointing out to my competition exactly what my biggest products are. Without going into the details of my site we manufacture custom items and have many listed on our site, but it's not clear to anyone what sells better than others. I would hate to point out to my competitors, "hey look this is our bread and butter products here". Perhaps the benefits outweigh the concern? I would be interested to hear from others about this also.
I like the best-seller features (and the "you might-also-be-interested-in" type promos) because they often make me aware of related products that I might need or want -- which I wouldn't have seen through browsing, because I wasn't browsing and wouldn't browse.
I wonder how many of them are really best sellers?
I'd like to hear from anyone who shows such a list on his site.
It's smart to showcase a few hot sellers but I don't want competitors knowing our top 10 in order.
Not all bestseller lists actually reflect sales figures. Often higher margin products are listed to try and shift as many of those as possible.