The Chinese are, in this respect, reprehensible. A while ago, students at a Chinese high school rioted because the administrators had severely cracked down on cheating. Why were the students mad? Because they claimed that they would be at a severe competitive disadvantage with the other schools, where the cheating was left intact. This is the poisoned fruit that falls from the tree down to us.
Agreed, I’ve received discounted products to review as well and I am a Prime Amazon member so I’d hate to fool my fellow consumers. Just because I received it with a heavy discount doesn’t mean I’m handing out stars like a kindergarten teacher. It really just takes common sense to figure out if a product is worth buying or giving a shot.
For example, sports fans can ask for the result of the latest “Spurs game.” The US version of the Echo will know you probably mean the San Antonio Spurs and give you a basketball result, while the UK version knows you mean Tottenham Hotspur and gives you a soccer result. The UK version also gives you British English spellings and jokey Easter eggs relating to British cultural touchstones like “Monty Python,” among a number of other uniquely UK-focused features. Check out the video above see some of those British features in action.
As for being attacked, don’t write your review with that fear in mind. You are supposed to be writing for the customer in mind. I wrote a negative review about some probiotics once, and it gets more up-votes than any other product I reviewed recently. I still get asked to review probiotics (which I don’t accept anymore.)
crowdtap is great i won almost 100 bucks in gift cards total over 2 months, the person above what they mean is when it comes to food stuff, they send a whole box of goodies like hidden valley ranch had one through them and you got a huge bottle of ranch, dipping bowls, packets, coupons. stuff like that.
Hi Melinda, Just a tip, you should never post your profile publicly. There are too many shady reviewers out there who once they find a profile of someone who has a good ranking will go in and start down-voting campaigns. The same thing goes for your actual ranking, if someone knows the date you posted it and the rank you give, they can find your on the Amazon Top Reviewers webpage and use that to start down-voting you. I did not know these things myself until I joined a few FB groups to help new people learn all about reviewing.
I have noticed another trend of competitors posting fake negative reviews to try and sink new businesses. It works both ways. Best to read the reviews and make your own decision rather than relying on some automated “honesty finding” program.
“Asics roadtester program is available to New Zealand residents only. ” When I clicked on the link to sign up for the Asics program for some reason it didn’t take me directly to the sign up page, I had to type into their search bar to find how to sign up, when I did I read the’Terms and Conditions’ which stated that you ” Had to be a resident of New Zealand”, I’m not sure why that is but, it’s their company and they have the right to set the rules… I love the products and wish that I could participate and submit my feedback on new products. Oh well, it is what it is. I just thought that you might like to know this… Thanks for all of your hard work and valuable information. 🙂
That’s the true success of Amazon’s likable smart speaker — it fits in seamlessly with your daily routine. It doesn’t ask you to change any of your habits, it just makes a surprising number of those habits better. It’s the most futuristic product that I own, yet it’s also right at place in my present.
Hello Estefany! I-say before and after the survey tells you how many points you’ll get for testing a product with them. Once you test the product, complete the follow up survey, they will tell you again how many points you got.
(4) Now, you should finally be at the screen to register/create and EA account. Clicking “submit” never worked for us, so we clicked on the –> to continue. This is when I nearly lost it, after all this work we find out that “The registration key used to instal this game cannot be validated.” If you click on help with registration it just takes you to a page for password recovery. I also tried to look at the technical support mentioned in the back of the book with the DVD for help. I can get to the main page, but there is no content at all.
Beans is either outright lying or skipping some vital details (like maybe his reviews were inflammatory in nature rather than merely critical). I’m a Vine reviewer and have written 1-star reviews without a problem and it’s pretty easy to look up other Vine reviewers who have 1-star reviews in their list. I’m still in the program and still get stuff and I still review it all the way I always have. If I get a terrible product, I rate it poorly and explain, in as neutral a voice as possible, why it was terrible.
The only condition was that those reviewers would have to disclose their affiliation with the business in question in the text of their review. Reviewers were generally offered the product for free or at a discounted price, in exchange for their review.
Be constructive with your review: each negative mark should have a recommendation of how to improve it. No one likes a reviewer that just hammers away at a book/product without suggestions to improve it.
There is also too much of an incentive to provide a ton of reviews and for positive ones to be up-voted (marked as helpful). I’ve given free products 1- and 2-star reviews and the manufacturer will campaign down-vote (mark as unhelpful) in order to bury the review. The “helpful” votes determining ranking in Amazon’s listing is part of the problem (as is making badges for top reviewers and allowing people like Harriet Klausner to be “Hall of Fame” reviewers). The system itself encourages the corruption at multiple levels and allows too much control to be placed in the hands of the sellers.
Before the ban on incentivized reviews, Amazon had tolerated reviews that were given in exchange for a free or discounted product — as long as the reviewers were upfront about that. But that system was gamed, according to a report earlier this year from Consumerist. Some reviewers posted hundreds of reviews in just a few weeks, which casts some doubt as to whether they were able to legitimately try out the products.
Only being able to receive offers through emails can be annoying, but, they do have better savings opportunities than some of the other online review sites. Other users have reported that to qualify for more offers, you need to demonstrate a regular buying history on Amazon and a history of leaving credible deals. It is free to join VIP Power Club.
I think Amazon should take this review devaluing more seriously! And maybe a few rounds of region-based boycott’s would help them take notice? Instead they dink around w/ taking or giving Prime Benefits or spin off more fee based memberships with new names! Aye! BTW, has anyone made a Hitler reaction video yet?
Just like our name suggests, we review products. For over 14 years, we’ve been one of the largest and most comprehensive product review sites on the web, with tens of thousands of reviews and rankings in categories that include services, software, electronics, business, computers, home appliances and more.
Most of the offers ask me if I am interested in the item first and then give me the info to get them. A few, however, just send out a lists of codes with a first come, first served approach. I can’t check my email non-stop, so I have missed out on all of those.
Would love to be a Vine reviewer….I currently help people online at no cost when they encounter a problem with merchandise. I have also solved alot of issues here on Amazon when company’s blame Amazon for selling faulty products. Would love to review products!
There are no hard stats. Review writing is not a science. It’s all subjective, both Vine reviews and non-Vine reviews. Sure, some judge less harshly because they got the items for free, just as some judge more harshly because they want to prove their opinion was not bought.
Among all the different types of marketing inserts, like thank you cards, discounts, and cross-sells, we are interested in asking for a product review. It shouldn’t be the only thing you care about, but it should be your main goal for the purposes of this article. And since Amazon doesn’t forbid this type of messaging, you should take advantage of it.
Hi I am a manufacturer how/where do i get a list of specific UK Amazon reviewers in order to send them specific products they would normally review? I am not sure where I get the Amazon reviewers details from in order to make contact with them?
I’ve been successful in more than a few cases sending a nice email to some top reviewers, and in those instances received not only favorable reviews, but gained a fan for my books and a good network connection. I think it’s important to build relationships like that.
Brands can take advantage of working directly with bloggers by sending them products to review. Most of the time bloggers promotions help brands to reach wider audiences quickly which is not otherwise possible. Thank you for starting this service will defiantly help bloggers and brands alike.
I used to review products which I sometimes received for free, and my wife has been on a kick lately with these websites which specialize in selling deeply discounted products in exchange for a promise to review it.
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Ever wanted to be sent books or products for free? Sure, who doesn’t? Getting free products to review happens quite often on Amazon, and most authors/companies/sellers simply ask that you write ‘an honest review’ in exchange for that book/product.
Try the product then leave your review. Seller’s are hoping for a 4 or 5 star review from. If the product did not meet your expectations, you can always contact the seller before leaving the review. If they feel that you received a defective item, (and this all varies by seller) they may send you another product.
To contact a seller directly, click on their name (right under the product title on the product listing page) and you will be taken to their official “seller’s page” where you can find out how to contact them (normally there is a “contact this seller” button.
When they DELIBERATELY AND WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE OF THE ENSUING CONSEQUENCES eliminated their 20–word minimum rule for product reviews, this opened up the floodgates for the cheats to post MILLIONS of fake product reviews.
Amazon wouldn’t be the first online entity to not update their public blurb pages, nor provide specific details on internal programs. I’m not able to go into detail, though, so you can “win” if you feel the need.
As for the coupon codes saving you less than the stated amount…that is flat out bad business. I have never run into that problem, BUT I have had the problem of not reading the email fully before I entered the code. In a couple cases, the email sort of implied it would be free, but never really said it was a 100% off coupon code. In those cases, I ALWAYS reply the Seller and tell them that they need be upfront and crystal clear about the actual discount the code is applying. I suggest you all do the same so we can stamp out the vague emails and bad practices going on.