Amazon Vine

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  1. John Brunner

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    I'm trying to decide if it would be a benefit or a burden.
     
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    I've never noticed that on the Canadian site.It could be just the United States:)Can we have more emogis on here
     
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    I have pretty much stopped writing reviews because amazon emails me to thank me for them. My storage gets cluttered enough with spam.
     
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    I don't like writing them because as soon as I finish one, Amazon throws a list of reviews I've yet to do in my face. It's as though we're married.
     
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    I just started an Amazon account in January I do like it and altho I don't use it much in summer,I will enjoy it in winter because I do the gym year round but I don't like the ice and sometimes I don't know what under a fresh snow cover.So I will use it a bit this winter.
     
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    I was just invited to be a Vine voice last week, so I filled out the tax form and waited.

    I have never actually ordered much at all online, just enough to have my credit card number high jacked twice.:mad:

    I think the reason the Vine thing was offered to me is that I've written over a hundred book reviews on Amazon, most of them from books I got at the library, although I have ordered about twenty books from them. I just wrote those reviews to keep track of what I've read and what I haven't.

    So far no free stuff has been offered to me. :D
     
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    I have been a Viner since 2009. I've gotten some really nice things over the years but my enthusiasm has waned. I keep expecting them to cancel my Vine account since they now track participation more closely with "evaluation periods". :rolleyes: For a couple of years I didn't order or review anything from Vine but my account remained active; I recently ordered some knock-off Aerogarden sponges and stuff to review.

    A few years ago they began reporting to the IRS. As long as you keep the total value of items received under $600 a year they do not report the "income." There used to be a very active Vine forum where all the Viners could keep up with changes and whine about stuff but it has been shut down.

    @Andrea Lindsey -- they won't send you any offers. You have to sign in to your Vine account and look under the Vine Items tab. You will see "Recommended for You", "Available for All", and "Additional Items." In my experience you can choose items from any of those lists.
     
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    Thanks, Beth! Good to know about the tax thing. I may never get anything to review if they're looking closely at what I've said. I was usually only motivated to review stuff if it had something wrong about it.
     
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    I remember when the Vine program was first started. On certain scheduled days they'd put up a limited number of items and if you weren't online to grab something then you missed out. It was very competitive and cut-throat. People were sitting at their computers hitting "refresh" every 2 seconds to get the good deals. I really didn't care for that at all.
     
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    Hmmmm. I think my Vine days might be drawing to a close. This morning I looked at the "Recommended For You" section and saw this...

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    :eek::eek::eek: I can't imagine why that would be "recommended" for me. It certainly wasn't based on my searches or previous purchases. :D:D Needless to say, I will not be requesting that. :rolleyes:

    Oh, and there was one existing Vine review. This just goes to show that their standards for "helpful" are pretty low.

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    Request one, then write a convincing review. I'll help.
     
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    Did you see the "helpful review?" Two freakin' words. I don't know why I bother writing actual reviews of products.
     
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    I would be afraid to see the "Frequently bought together" items.

    And I've read stories from Vine folks who have had their reviews puked all over by Amazon. That should have been one of them.

    You should rate it 3 Stars.
    "The fit was good, but the cheap studs left green spots all over my body."
     
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    I don't want that crap in my order history. :D
     
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    We found something you might like.

    I want to know why they recommended that for you...
     
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