Join Amazon review sites to get coupon codes for the free products to review. Some offer 100% free codes and others offer deeply discounted codes. Start with a few sites then once you get the hang of things, join more.
Your Amazon profile is created the moment you sign up for Amazon. You can view yours by signing into Amazon (if you don’t have an account, you’ll need to sign up), then navigate to “My Account” (see pulldown menu next to Cart/Basket), then scroll down to “Personalization” section and click on “Your Public Profile.”
You can also want to try the website BzzAgent as well as looking out for “supermarket home panels” or signing up to fashion magazine newsletters but these product tests are very rare and hard to get on to.
I also do surveys and product testing. I did want to mention that my children do surveys with Kidzeyes and Teenseyes. My youngest has been doing this for about 2 years and he has made over $150, plus products to test. They have monthly drawings and he has won twice.
The compensated-review process is simple: Businesses paid to create dummy accounts purchase products from Amazon and write four- and five-star reviews. Buying the product makes it tougher for Amazon to police the reviews, because the reviews are in fact based on verified purchases. The dummy accounts buy and review all sorts of things, and some of the more savvy pay-for-review sites even have their faux reviewers pepper in a few negative reviews of products made and sold by brands that aren’t clients create a sense of “authenticity.” In fact, for extra cash, a company can pay one of these firms to write negative reviews of a competitor’s product. Wirecutter contributor Brent Butterworth has written about this practice as well.
So based on that, I personally don’t think ProductTestingUsa.com is a real legit product testing company. Keep in mind that this is from my very limited interaction with their website and that of Tracy’s experience.
I said no such thing about Vine reviewers being “free from biases”. I am saying Vine reviewers are like non-Vine reviewers at Amazon–some reviews are good, some are bad, some are honest, some are dishonest. Those who read reviews need to do so in a critical manner. Not everyone is jealous of those who get things for free, but it’s a pretty common feeling among humans, yes. Some of those who are jealous will then write negative things out of jealousy, but my personal belief is most people are not vindictive. And if you would go back and read my first post, you will see I was not questioning or condemning the entire article, only the totally untrue statement that few Vine reviews were “negative or even critical”. Okay?
Because the market is getting saturated with these review sites, and a lot of people are now members of them, it’s becoming a seller’s market, which means they can offer you less and still get enough takers to make it worthwhile for them. Discounts are declining and in some cases, it appears the companies are actually making a targeted market out of the review sites from people who think they are getting a great discount, but are not.
Once you’ve enabled “My Product Reviews,” click on that tab and it will take you to a product review summary page that shows you a picture of the item, a description, the SKU, ASIN, number of reviews, number of positive and negative reviews, average rating and number of orders for the item.
Vine reviews can also be filtered out of the listing by using the “Filter by” option and only selecting “Verified purchase only”. But, sadly, the “Verified purchase only” filer does not filter the star rating. I would love for Amazon to add that feature.
I participate in the Home Depot Seeds Reviewer program as well where you choose 5 items each month (1 of which can be a premium item) and as they randomly come up, bonus campaigns where you may be able to select a single item or multiple items depending on the individual bonus campaign. Items are shipped free to the reviewer address, and I have not come across an item yet that I had to return within the 6 month vendor recall period.
5. Solicit the top Amazon reviewers. Amazon holds a list of their top reviewers – a compilation of esteemed reviewers who are valued for their insightful and objective critiques. Many of these top Amazon reviewers also hold titles such as “Top Ten Reviewer,” or “Hall of Fame Reviewer,” which are displayed alongside their reviews, making their reviews ultra-valuable.
House Party and ChatterBox: Throw a house party and invite all your friends to help you try new products and review them. ChatterBox works the same way but they’re only for you, so need to throw a party.
Lowercase Alpha is looking for beta testers for smartphone apps. They send you apps that haven’t launched yet so you can give them feedback. Available worldwide (though I believe you need a North American phone number to sign up.)