Due to a massive amount of fake reviews, I think it is now safe to say that with Amazon, no 5 star reviews can be trusted and likely most all 4 star reviews either. One star reviews are the only ones worth reading.
I’ve often wondered about on site reviews and questioned how honest they are. As an Amazon customer for many years, I’ve purchased many different items, admittedly, some good, some great, some so so and then there were ….
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With hundreds of millions of items for sale, from electronics and books to pet supplies and diapers, Amazon is unquestionably the largest online retailer on the planet. In fact, Amazon, from a market cap perspective, is even larger today than Walmart.
That’s called ARC, or advanced reader copies. Many small, self published writers do the same thing and release free copies of their books for reviews. It’s not a reviewing scam, it’s a part of the writing and marketing process, like editing and beta reading. It’s been around for years and years. The publisher generally doesn’t pay anyone to write reviews. Many authors (even small or new ones) draw in arc readers with social media street teams (fans who are willing to share your promotions on their social media for book swag and free copies of books) You just get a copy of the book a bit before it’s official release. I do ARCs for a few authors (even one who is a best seller like you mentioned) and am not paid anything. We get the free book in exchange for an honest review.
—— “I wanted to reply to this and let you know that what you’re asking as far as the request that I “click the customer reviews….kindly click the yes for us…” that is expressly forbidden by Amazon’s rules and can get me banned from further reviewing any products and get your company sued. Amazon is really cracking down on this and it’s a huge deal. Also, for me personally, this goes against what I feel is ethically is right and wrong. After I’ve used and have an opinion on your product I might be able to say that another review helped me, but I cannot do so before I’ve ever tried it.
Home Product Testing has a relatively smaller base with only 28,000+ registered product testers. They do have good offers if you are looking for products to use in your kitchen or around your house. It is also possible to try out supplements, fashion accessories, and other items like sleeping bags.
With survey panels, make sure you fill out your profile so companies know what type of demographic you are. Surveys will tell you if you’re invited to test a product. The more paid surveys you do, the more product test surveys you’ll start receiving.
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 can join other survey panels and at the end of the survey you can reject reviewing the product.
Amazon’s Vine Program is an invite-only group of reviewers that receive products for free in exchange for impartial reviews. They will often receive products before they are released. Amazon explains its purpose:
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So it’s easy to see why reviews can make or break an Amazon seller’s business. And that is why companies give away their products for free or with deep discounts to shoppers in exchange for their reviews.
I ended my membership on AmzRC after a month and will never join a review site that leaves me with no control over who snags my coupons. Even after canceling my membership AmzRC continued withdrawing money from my Paypal account and when I wrote to Andy he did not reply. I stopped the automatic payments from Paypal.