You mentioned giving a “good,” review. I don’t mind committing to paint your product in the best possible light. And if I do like it I’ll rave about it, as naturally I like to emphatically support quality. But, are you asking me to totally recommend it even if it’s not quality? I don’t know if I’d feel comfortable encouraging people to spend hard earned dollars on a product not well made. Pardon my honesty, but that’s part of who I am.
But unlike Siri, which is still secondary to touch as a means of interfacing with iOS devices, Alexa is essentially all the Echo has. It was critical for Amazon to get her right — thankfully, she delivers (and yes, calling Alexa “she” feels more correct than calling Alexa “it,” a testament to how personable she is).
Do you think leaving an Amazon review How to Know If You Can Trust an Amazon Product’s Reviews How to Know If You Can Trust an Amazon Product’s Reviews Amazon product reviews are hit or miss. Sometimes they’re helpful, sometimes they’re fake. Here’s a tool you can use to check the integrity of a given product’s reviews. Read More is a waste of time? Then, an Amazon program that’s been around since 2007 might have you thinking twice. Amazon’s Vine Program consists of a group of handpicked reviewers who get products for free in exchange for honest reviews.
Thank you for sharing these many great opinions. Wanted to share some of my story. I started my e-business 6 months ago, I have my own e-commerce website KelementStore.com, as well as Amazon marketplace store, tried many marketing strategies to promote my own website, such as Google AdWords, social media, referral program, only to realize only Amazon can move some quantity, even when I didn’t do any marketing on Amazon (not eligible as a new Amazon seller). I’m very grateful for the initial 5 star reviews I got, those genuine words quickly brought in sales. Then when the sales grow, bad customers come up, they didn’t like the product or there were misunderstanding, and these people refuse to communicate, just threw you bad reviews. I’ve consulted Amazon customer service on how to deal with such unfair situation, Amazon only removed a couple that violates their review/feedback guideline. Just like we would meet mean people in real life, they exist on the Internet too. I agree with Megan that the best thing to do in such situation is to get more positive reviews to bury the bad ones, but once there’s a bad one, your sales drop, and you seemed to have to search for paid reviews, but will also worry about being caught by Amazon. It’s a painful dilemma, I’m still struggling on the decisions and looking for good reviewers. I become a more active and positive reviewer now, since I know how hard and important it is to maintain a good reputation. Hope the same for every other sellers.
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An avid fan of the original E.V.O. Search For Eden, Spore is a wonderful game, that just doesn’t work well for later models of Windows unfortunately. Despite filtering through forums for solutions, nothing ever let me play this game again.
Target’s Hey, Bullseye program enables a group of Target’s guests to try products in exchange for honest reviews. Reviews help other guests make educated purchase decisions on Target.com. Target does not influence the opinions of Hey, Bullseye members, nor do we modify or edit reviews, as long as they follow Target’s Review Writing Guidelines. All reviews collected through this program will be labeled as such on Target.com.
If you want to receive free products from sellers my advice is write lots detailed & high quality reviews, also include several photo’s with every review. You want people to read your review and find it helpful, the more helpful votes you get the quicker you will climb the rankings. Also, even though you can review items you haven’t purchased from Amazon, those you have bought from Amazon will carry more weight and will have a greater affect on your ranking. I found that as soon as I got in the top 10,000 I started to receive emails from sellers, but you want to get as high up the rankings as you possibly can. Finally, if possible try to form relationships with the best sellers as they will trust you and offer you products on a regular basis.
The products just shows up to your door step if they find you suitable for the review after you complete the survey. If you don’t like this you can join other survey panels and at the end of the survey you can reject reviewing the product.
I just wanted to ask you a question about the l oreal product testing. Do you need to pay taxes on the gifts or products they send you? I recently moved to the US and I have no idea how the system works.
The truth is that once your labor of love becomes available to the masses, most of what happens next is beyond your control. Your friends and family may have raved about your talent, but will unbiased readers feel the same way?
I will check out your blog! I had Googled “test products for free” and the first thing that came up was a link to your blog about earning free money along with the article on Squidoo lol I liked that it was a real person that is testing stuff so I’m I commented on this!
Anyone noticing that is only noticing what they want to believe. There are unlimited “negative or even critical” Vine review. Unlimited! It’s a myth that those who get Vine products are less likely or incapable of writing critical reviews. Believers always refer to some past research project to verify that belief, too. Go read Vine reviews, and stop perpetuating an untruth. Besides those who believe that myth, most other complaints about Vine reviews are by those who are jealous they don’t get free items to review. If they got an invitation to join Vine, you better believe they would change their way of thinking instantly. They would tell themselves it’s not a totally dishonest program, and they would make it a more honest program by becoming a member.
Thrilled to see a new update. I’m considering the upgrade to the LG OLED, but the price for the 65″ model is a bit daunting. Given my room size (small), the 55″ is an option. I recall in the previous incarnation of this article there were some concerns about display quality / panel in the 55″ Vizio P-series sets vs. the 65″ ones, such that you weren’t able to recommend the smaller TVs even though the 65″+ models were excellent.
We will give you a detailed and deep social media product review on Amazon products, that will describe the benefits of buying from you and explain to the potential buyers how much they are missing out!
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I got a message that my review was removed because they think I knew the seller and my review was biased. Um, no and no. This is what it said, ““Amazon does not permit reviews from customers whose relationship to the product or seller may be perceived as biased”. So I guess they won’t be picking me as a Vine Reviewer. I do have 50 helpful votes and over 100 reviews.
Hi Louida, I’m in the process of checking the companies that you have posted here. And I’m interested in Pinecone Research, which is by referral. Can you refer me? My email email@example.com. Thank you
4. Fish around for emails. Many popular reviewers will have their email addresses on their profile page. If you don’t see an email address, you’ll have to try reaching out via social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
Hi Tristan, i’ve just read your blog and there are so many helpful hints. I’ve been reviewing product now for just under a month and i’m absolutely loving it. I have products turn up on my doorstep that I would not normally look at, it’s great. I can only find 2 sites in the UK for product testing, are you able to advise me of any other sites?
I use to get products to test from them quite a bit when my daughters were babies and toddlers, but not so much anymore since my daughters are older. This name brand company is prefect for mothers with young children. 💰 Pays by Cash
So, based on my personal experience, and those of others who I read on forums and blogs, these few sites have the most opportunities when it comes to getting free Amazon products in exchange for reviews.
I use the “search” feature when reading reviews to look for my weight/size and see if people with a similar body type posted their experience. This is especially helpful when sizes don’t run true to size!
This is especially bad for books. If you are looking to choose an edition of a book that’s in the public domain, all the reviews for every edition are grouped together. Often, I want to know if a book’s font is large enough, if a book is sturdy, etc. Also, with these books, the Look Inside feature shows just one edition which may not be the one you’re interested in.
I actually came across this answer on accident so oddly enough and for the first time might I add I can answer this. 🙂…… This is assuming that the rules are the same in the UK as they are in the US, I can’t imagine why the wouldn’t be, you are allowed to contact the seller directly if you choose. If you do this everything I’ve read said to politely contact and point them to your profile as well as your enthusiasm for helping sell products with integrity and honest reviews. Last but not least sliding in a hint about your “portfolio” of previous reviews can’t hurt…😉
FeedbackFive now has a great way for Amazon sellers to manage product reviews for their preferred ASINs. Product reviews are one of the most powerful markers of a product’s success. Now FeedbackFive users have an easy way not only to solicit reviews, but also to track them and (in the case of a negative review) respond in a timely manner. This is a feature that has been highly requested by our sellers, and we’re excited to announce it.
That is not true at all. I do hundreds of reviews on Amazon and when I do the review I review it the same as if I had paid full price. If I feel the product is over priced or that it a good value for the money, I say so. I rank in the top 5000 of reviewers and have never been invited to Vine.
I couldn’t find a single five-star review with a “Verified Purchase” tag confirming that the reviewer had bought the product. Meanwhile, every single one of the 19 one-star reviews for the Samcable dongles were verified purchases, and all had the same basic complaint: “Doesn’t work.” Here’s a taste of what you’d see from one-star reviews:
Getting free products in exchange for reviews is very tempting. But be aware that these sites were created for the benefit of the sellers and not the customers. These sellers are giving you free or deeply-discounted product and EXPECT a four or five-star review. This is a form of “review manipulation and can get your account banned from Amazon and all the reviews deleted, including the reviews that were rightfully purchased before joining the review clubs. Regardless of what these review clubs say, all rules MUST comply with Amazon’s Terms of Services (ToS). You can not get any monetary feedback in any way, not by reselling or blogging for profit. Too many reviewers have had their accounts terminated for violating Amazon’s ToS and then try to find out why and are not told by Amazon. Amazon is cracking down on these reviews and it’s the reviewers who get hit first before the sites are shut down. So join these with caution.
I am currently an Amazon reviewer in the UK and was wondering if you were allowed to actually contact a supplier / manufacturer that trades on Amazon directly and say to them that you would be prepared to write a product review on Amazon in exchange for a test sample.
A lot of the comments here show ignorance of the processes and motivation behind what reviewers do and say (especially in regards to Vine). First of all, Vine items aren’t “free” in a sense that Amazon issues a W-2 to reviewers. The item’s fair market value is the “income” and you have to pay taxes on it. Essentially, you pay your income tax rate on the total fair market value of the items. That is no small amount of money, especially when the fair market values on some items are oddly calculated (sometimes above the sale price – there seems to be no rhyme or reason). Most people will be paying 10-25% of the FMV for their Vine products.
However, Amazon hasn’t stated yet what makes a brand “Vine-worthy” or how to get invited for this program. We could expect this to change in the near future once the interest on the Vine program increases.
A few of the different product you can buy include scales, power strips that also charge USB outlets or controlled by remote control, camping supplies, and other supplies that can be useful for DIY projects around the house.