By Vangie Beal In electronic commerce, product reviews are used on shopping sites to give customers an opportunity to rate and comment on products they have purchased, right on the product page. Other consumers can read these when making a purchase decision. Often, the company will include a URL on printed literature or e-mail marketing to invite customers to review their service after a transaction has been completed.
I remember receiving a product to test from Product Report Card testing a food product for a couple of weeks, and I was paid $150 doing it! They are a high ranking panel. Also, they have offers to join high paying focus groups! 💰 Pays by Cash, PayPal, Amazon Gift Cards, and Merchandise
I casually used this product to try to disperse a small band of non-violent campers who had locked their arms together. Although initially it seemed to be effective, it took two applications! The worst part is that the next day they multiplied exponentially! Now what?
I understand what you are saying with the FCC regulation, but Amazon reviews fall in the gray area. FCC is going after businesses that promote products. Bloggers, journalists, business Twitter and Facebook accounts, all must disclose if the article/post was in any way supported by another company looking to profit from it. I’ve read it and have yet to see anything specifically stating reviews fall in that category. The reviewer is not profiting from it the way a blogger or business does. I could be wrong and welcome anyone sending me a link to counter it.
It certainly can’t hurt to ask the company/manufacturer. Though, to put this in perspective, I would expect products that just hit the shelves within the past few months (and don’t have any/many reviews) would be more inclined to want/need your review. And know that not all companies/manufactures recognize the value of reviews. Also, keep in mind that high end products typically go through the Vine Program, while food and vitamin samples are very commonly sent out for reviews.
As from 19th Oct 2015 Amazon have announced that they are taking stronger action against fake reviews. This could be as a result of a nationwide article in a UK newspaper about the way people are fooled by the fake reviews.
Approach with extreme caution. The next step is deciding whether or not to respond to a piece of negative feedback. Here’s where things get tricky, because the situation can change depending on whether you are an Amazon reseller dealing with negative seller feedback, or whether the problem is a negative product review.
There is a very good reason to suggest that people do NOT use their regular Amazon purchasing e-mail address in their profile. There could be scammers lurking the info pages looking for that they might be able to use to try to get fake orders placed through Amazon.
These are the best Amazon review sites to choose from. As you will notice, there are many different sites to choose from and each one will have a different product selection to complement your shopping needs.
Nice article. I don’t mean to sound negative, but I have been on most of the panels that you have suggested and the only one that ever has truly panned out for me is productreport.com. They definitely do send products for you to test. I once got $150.00 for just answering moderator questions for 4 days. They have slowed down now and its been hard to get the required 25.00. Most of the other places rarely send out anything worthwhile. The Nielsen company I scanned for over 2 years faithfully almost 3 times a week and finally was able to “cash out” with a pair of iphone headphones. What a joke. I hope others are more successful than I have been on these places!
For Bad Amazon Product Reviews: Responding publically may add further damage, especially if others take the side of the reviewer. Look forward to burying this negative review with new positive ones. Amazon will remove a review in specific cases like those involving privacy violations or obscene language, but these situations aren’t common.