Just wondering about your last point that you make about contacting the sellers directly. Is it ok and within Amazon’s policy to go directly to the seller and ask for a free/discounted product in exchange for an honest/unbiased review?
“I purchase a lot of things from Amazon ranging from food to pet items to household goods. Lately the quality of their service has gone way down. Twice in the past 3 months I’ve been charged for the exact same order. The first time was 3 duplicate charges and the second time it was 1 duplicate. They do give you the authorization code but due to the error it takes my bank a good 5 days to give the money back. It isn’t the bank’s fault but it’s frustrating nonetheless. Amazon’s business practices have grown extremely sloppy. ”
I am old and would like to find some honest companies where I can use their products and send in my review and maybe get to keep some things mainly electronics books ect.I can also turn the products back in with review if need be.I am afraid of getting a bad company,how do u know if they are legitimate companies?
Hi Megan. Truly fantastic advice. In fact could be a great book! 🙂 I have already moved to phase 2 of taking action after reading this pleasurable piece of advice. Many thanks and may you have a great weekend. Happy Halloween! Greg
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.
The products on display at Product Elf is impressive (perhaps only second to AMZ) and they do an amazing job to keep their website updated almost on daily basis (so the freshness is always there – in term of product variation and look and feel of the web page).
Amazon has historically prohibited compensation for reviews – even going so far as to sue those businesses who pay for fake reviews, as well as the individuals who write them, in an effort to make its review and rating system fairer and more helpful to online shoppers. However, it has allowed businesses to offer products to customers in exchange for their “honest” review.
Here is more than free products for review. I also like the fact that this particular website has mixed it up by also offering points in exchange of posting, commenting, and simply being active on the site. The points can subsequently be used for gift cards redemption or to enter contests.
This issue of valid reviews is just as bad, if not worse, in the Amazon Video section — especially for Indie Films. One called “Fragmented” is a recent example. An awful film somehow achieved a 4.5 star rating; may positive reviews, all with similar wording, and all on the same day.
Customers will get better products on their hands, Amazon will improve its brand, and small business private label brands will be able to differentiate themselves with better quality products. As long as you focus on creating a high-quality product, your company will be safe.
Why are you so against people reviewing items on Amazon? I think it’s great that a business will give away freebies in order for you to give a review. They can’t force you to change it. It’s kind of walking by Weltzel Pretzel and getting free samples.
I’m a stay at home mom to a 1 year old. I was hoping to earn money testing products. I’ve seen you listed how often you’ve received products and whether or not the pay was good/bad in the desciptions. Did it take some time for you to start receiving products? I’m a bit discouraged since I did complete my profile on each site and I’m not getting surveys. For TOLUNA I stumbled upon a place on the site (it was under “rewards”) where you can request to try products (this is where I found the toothbrush). Do I need to look around these other sites to see if I need to request products to test or does the “job” as a product tester come in the mail?
Amazon is doing their best to combat fake reviews, but honestly, they aren’t doing a ton. In a way we’re dealing with the same black vs. white hat problem of whether or not you should buy Twitter followers, which is a tremendously controversial topic.