Reviewing Amazon Products

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  1. Yvonne Smith

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    As some of you might remember; I have been getting products from a website called Elite Deals, that come with a discount coupon which makes testing the product almost free. Every day, they have a lisst of products online, and you just look through the list and see if there is anything that youu would like to try.
    Our last adventure was a water purifier system that lists at a little under $200; but Amazon has for under $50.
    With the coupon discount, we got ours for $15 , and now they have them for only $10.

    Anyway, here is my question, and I am hoping that someone here might have an answer for me. Since I started buying these coupon items and writing the reviews on Amazon, I have also started getting emails that appear to be from other amazon sellers , asking me if I would like to try their product and write a review.

    As an example, today, I just received an email asking if I wanted to test a set of solar motion-activated yard lights. They show a link to their company on Amazon, which lists the light at retail $60, Amazon price of $18. I can get the lights for $2 , to test and write a review.
    I am going to write to Amazon and ask if these offers are legitimate or if they are some kind of scam; but I also thought that maybe @Ken Anderson , or someone else who buys a lot from Amazon might have had some experience with this.
    If this is actually legitimate, then I would like to get some of these products and review them. One of the links that I checked out for a backpack did say "be the first to review this item"; but I am not sure if that was asking for product testers, or just for someone who purchased the item to write a review.
    Does anyone know about how this works and whether it is legitimate or not ?
     
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    I have no experience with it, but I do know that people are often offered products at large discounts in return for a review on Amazon.com. I have also seen that these reviews do not have to be complimentary.
     
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    Here is a screenshot of one of the offers that I just received today.
    I have been getting these kinds of emails for a month or so now, basically since I joined the Elite Deals . At first, I just thought that someone was trying to "sell" me their ED coupon code, and one offer asked me to pay them for the product, if I remember right. I think they said I had to paypal them the $2 (or whatever) and then they would send me the discount code.
    This looked pretty fraudluent to me, and I have been deleting all of the similar emails since then.

    After writing my first post here, I also emailed Amazon and asked them if sellers do legitimately ask people to test the products, via an email.
    I also wrote to the purported seller and asked them to send me the tester discount code. If they send me the code, then I will use it and see if it works to purchase the product. If they ask me to send money, then I am still going to believe it is a scam !

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    I can't speak to any particular offer but have come across several reviews that stated that the reviewer had purchased the product at a substantial discount for the purpose of writing a review, and have also noticed some of these reviews were nevertheless uncomplimentary. There may be scams claiming the same thing, but there is also a legitimate way to do this. My impression though, was that it was done through Amazon.com, and that it was offered to people who had high ratings on reviews that they had done.
     
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    Here is my update thus far. I heard back from Amazon customer service, and they really didn't address the question at all. they just said that sellers are allowed to give discounts for reviews, which we already know is true. People who order with the Elite Deals website do just that, we get huge discounts, and write a review.
    So anyway, the seller (?) wrote back to me with a discount code for the solar lights, and I used the code and bought the solar lights. The code worked fine; so I paid $2 for a nice set of solar lights and we can put them out in the yard or in the driveway.
    I received another one that was for a set of virtual reality glasses, and that one came with the code to buy them, and the email was the same as the seller; so I am sure that one was legit. It is looking like the offers are real, and not scams.
    I don't have any need for VR glasses, so I am skipping those; but if anyone here wants to try them, I will give you the discount code.
     
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    So, I keep getting these amazing offers every day now. I have finally learned why I am getting them !
    One of the companies which wrote to me with a discount offer mentioned that I am in the "top 10,000" Amazon reviewers.
    Now, that doesn't even sound really great to me; but I am not sure where in that list I am at.
    Apparently, it is high enough up on the list that the sellers now want me to write reviews for their products.
    Some of the items are things that we don't need, so I will not waste money buying them even at a discount, and some of the discounts are only 10-20% off, so not that great of a savings in any case.

    However, it did motivate me to spend this evening writing more reviews on all of the products that we have purchased recently, in hopes that some of those sellers will ask me to review their products.
    I figured that the things that we buy and review should be the kinds of products that sellers would ask me to try, although I do not know if that holds true , or not.
    But, at least now I know why I have all of the offers, and that it is not some sort of a scam. Now, I am actually looking forward to reading through the possibilities each day to see what new things are being offered !
    What started me having such an interest in reviewing products was wanting to be invited to Amazon Vine, which is where Amazon actually offers you products to try. You have to qualify as a good reviewer before they will invite you to the program, so I have been trying hard to write a review for each item we purchase from Amazon.
     
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    I just got an email that today is Amazon Prime Deal Day where new deals pop up every 5 minutes I think.

    https://www.amazon.com/ref=pe_319940_199978960_btn

    I didn't even look at what's offered because I just don't need anything, only time I look on Amazon is when it's Christmas or Birthday time for the grandsons.
     
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    I used to read reviews before I bought anything but lately I'm seeing on Amazon where after a review it says "verified" purchase, so that means on other reviews people maybe haven't bought it are just doing a review for money. I've seen where people can do that.

    I'm not saying this about you Yvonne, I know you try something and give it an honest review but many don't.

    Now I just kind of look at how many stars and read a few pro and con reviews and that's about it. I can always usually return something if it sucked.

    Half the time I notice on restaurant reviews, the negative reviewer had an axe to grind for some reason.
     
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    You are exactly right about some of these reviews on Amazon, @Chrissy Page . I have looked at reviews where one person had copied and pasted another person's review, word for word !
    Obviously, they were only doing it for some benefit to themselves, and not because they had something to say about the product, good or bad.
    Mostly, I do about the same as you, I will read a few of the reviews, both the good and bad ones, to see what they are saying to expect from this product.
    You can expect that some people are going to get one that doesn't work right, or falls apart right away; but if several people are giving the same complaint, then I tend to think that this could be a definite problem with this item.
    On the other hand, I also understand the sellers wanting to give some people a good buy in exchange for getting reviews. I have seen products that have no reviews, and I am sure those do not sell as well as ones that people are buying and reviewing.
    Since we order from Amazon all of the time, and I love saving money on things we use and need; I am happy to keep writing reviews and getting discounts on products. My email is a lot more interesting now ! !
     
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    I agree on the no reviews products, I seldom will buy it. I'm actually talking more about the way my daughter shops because I'm not a big shopper anymore.

    She's big on reviews and won't buy anything until she's researched it plus compared prices everywhere.

    I remember Christmas shopping with her for the boys. Whatever she see's, she gets her ipad out of her purse and checks reviews and where it's the cheapest.

    She spends a lot of money at stores but she's also a very smart shopper.

    Although she would be considered a millionaire if you include all their assets, I bet she will get something for a better price than anyone. Well, maybe not you Yvonne. :)
    An example is the juicer she wanted. She did research on which type is the best for getting the most nutrition out of veggies and then when she decided she wanted a masticator, she watched all the stores that carried it and she has alerts set up with this and with everything she buys, after about a month she finally bought it for what she considered a good price.

    I can't even explain the research that goes into her shopping method but it's
    Quite amazing. I think she enjoys this more than dentistry....in fact I'm 100% sure she does.
     
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    I have done some reviews on products that I bought elsewhere, and then came across the same product on Amazon.com but I do give more weight toward reviews from verified purchases.
     
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    Same answer for me. I used to check reviews before buying anything at all... if it didn't have at least 4.5 stars, I looked for something that did. When I started reading about paid reviews and deep discounts for reviews, I just stopped looking. It didn't appear honest to me. Sure a paid or discounted reviewer is free to give bad reviews, but I have also heard around the blogosphere that people wouldn't generally give bad reviews even for lousy products because they were afraid it would lessen their chances for more free or cheap products. Ruined the whole concept for me.

    What I do now is look for reviews on what I want to buy *elsewhere*.... I still buy at Amazon, but if Sears or Lowe's or another retailer has vastly different reviews, I'm always glad to be aware of that.
     
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    :D Smart lady, that daughter! My best friend is mega wealthy, too, and he's the same way. I teased him once about it saying "good gracious, millionaires don't need to worry about picking up nickels on the ground and shopping around for lowest prices!" He said "Ask Warren Buffet about that... multi millionaires wouldn't *be* rich if they *wouldn't* do those things!" It stuck. And he was right.
     
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    She's not mega wealthy :) and she still spends money but at least it's a lot less than she would normally spend had she not done her research.
     
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    I don't think that paid reviews are allowed on Amazon, at least not anymore, @Mari North . I had also read about people offering to write reviews (I think I saw some on Fiverr ) ; but Amazon did put a stop to that, at least as much as they can do.
    However, new businesses , and small businesses, actively seek for reviews on their products, as well as feedback on the product.
    This is why they will sell the products at a discount for people to buy, try , and then write a review. Yes, it is basically an incentive for someone to write a review; but it helps out everyone, Amazon makes money, the seller makes money, and the buyer saves money and gives important input about the product.
    This is a win-win situation, in my mind, at least.
    Even a negative review helps, especially when you leave feedback with the seller, so they know what needs to be improved with their product, and they will usually fix the problem once they know it exists.

    My Amazon profile says that I am an Amazon Top Reviewer, and that is why I have started getting these offers. I also found several other websites that offer Amazon discounts, and have signed up with a couple more of them to try this out better.
    If we can save money on Amazon products, help small businesses get started, and enjoy trying out the products that are offered, I will be happy. I also do some surveys, and those reward me with Amazon GC's, so that helps to pay for the items we try out.
    It all works together for good.
    If anyone else is interested in doing this, there are tutorials on Youtube, and just do a search for "amazon reviewer" and you can find a lot of helpful information.
    I think you might enjoy this, @Ina I. Wonder ! ! PM me if you are interested and I will help you get started. You have a good mind for details and can write an excellent product review, and a lot of family that you like to gift things to, so it might be something that you would enjoy doing, too.
     
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    Yes, that would be nice they're cracking down on it for sure! I've seen an increasing number of statements that say 'I was given this product in exchange for an honest review"... but most are 4 and 5 star :rolleyes: and then when I read the 1 and 2 star, they say "I don't know why all the good reviews on this product!" Sounds like a good service and maybe they'll weed out those who abuse it. I'm glad to hear it's been so successful for you!

    The only question I have remaining really is have you given bad reviews, and if so, has the number of your offers decreased since doing so? And... uh.... can't remember my other question. :D There are a few things I'd sure like to try out, but not at full price.
     
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    Does sound like something Ina could do and it would keep her occupied. I'm not fond of writing and I still haven't written the Yelp review I promised the plumber who came a few months ago.

    Despite the fact that I hate to write the discount sounds good but there again I don't want anything. I have basically quit shopping.

    I'd love to come across some of your reviews though. :)

    If you ever review a good moisturizer though, let me know.
     
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    I'll trust a review when I see that the negative ones are consistent with what's wrong with it and then no matter how many good reviews, I probably won't get it. Of course I'm talking awhile ago, because now I go by grandsons wishlists and if that's what they want,that's what I buy no matter what the review says.and kids don't usually like substitutes. Name brand all the way, lol. It has to be a real Lego.
     
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    I have always written both good and bad reviews, depending on how well the product worked, as compared to how it was supposed to work, and I still do that. I don't think that writing a poor review disqualifies a person from receiving offers, and most of the people that email me also ASK me to look for any problems with the product and leave feedback on their product.
    Since I try to read both good and bad reviews about a product before purchasing it, and if I find a lot of negatives, then I look for a better product; we really haven't had a lot of products that we didn't like.
    Some of the sellers even say that they are just starting out, and they need some product reviews for their items to sell better.
    As with anything, there are going to be people who abuse the privilege of getting a special offer in exchange for a true and honest evaluation; but I think that most of the people who are writing reviews truly enjoy giving their opinions about the product.
    Also, people who write fake reviews can lose their status with Amazon; so that is another important reason to write only truthful evaluations.

    I actually even recieved a letter in my personal email from a lady who appreciated my review of a chromium supplement, and said she had read the same informational book about chromium, and was looking for the exact kind that the book referred to. Since I had mentioned reading the book in my review, she then knew that I was looking for the exact same product that she was looking for.
     
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    Hello everyone, are we shopping today? :p Giggling going on right now. :rolleyes:

    My daughter has been reviewing products for a few years now, she has said that she get products for free, and then she writes her reviews. She saves many of the products for Christmas presents, which allows her to more generous to her grandchildren. Patricia also said it slowed down her desire to just go shopping, thus saving her even more money.

    Your right @Yvonne Smith that this might be something I can do, and I was thinking of asking you after I sell this place and get resettled. I thought that between you and Patricia, the two of you could get through my techno zombieisum.
     
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    There is actually not a lot to doing this besides what you are already doing, @Ina I. Wonder . Basically, the only diference would be to start writing a review about the products that you buy from Amazon. Once you are familiar with doing that, then you can start doing more reviews for the discount products. If Patricia is already doing that, she can probably help you a whole lot with getting started.
    I was thinking that she might like to do this, too; and now I find that she is already doing it....... I will have to message her and see what ideas she can share with me, since i am pretty new at this still.

    We just received a six-pack of men's tank top t-shirts (free) to test them and write a review; so @Chrissy Page and Ina, here is all that I do for reviewing a product.
    And Chrissy, the only moisturizer that I use is my coconut oil cream that I got from Sam's Club. It even works on my hair as a leave-in conditioner, and I love the coconut smell. (There, that is my moisturizer review for you).
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    Is it better than others? Why do you like the Sam's Club one? I have a good face moisturizer but I'm looking for the perfect body one. I've tried so many and while I'm willing to spend extra on a face moisturizer, I don't want an expensive body one. Even though I'm pretty thin, it still takes a lot to put all over my body.

    Liked your review of Bobby also. :) Was he peeking over your shoulder and telling you to write how awesome he looks? Ha ha, just having fun with you.

    Have you washed them? Do they bleed?
     
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    We have not washed the t-shirts yet; so that part will have to wait for a while for us to know. However, Bobby really likes how well they are made, and it is not like they are a dress shirt; so even if they fade a little, it is not the end of the world.
    The coconut oil moisturizer is about $8 for 16 oz. at Sam's, and $12 on Amazon; so much cheaper at Sam's. It is called Naturewell coconut oil.
    I love the smell and feel of it, and use it on my body and my face, and even read that someone used it in their hair; so i tried that, too.
    They do also make a shampoo and conditioner; so the next trip to Sam's, I got some of that and like it, too.
    You can look at their webpage to see more if you are interested, @Chrissy Page .
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    I'll take a look, I'd have to get it in Amazon since I never renewed my Sams Card.
    It does look like something that would work, I like that it's for sensitive and dry skin. I need to order
    Some ipad charger cables so will probably order that too. Thanks.

    Thanks.

    My concern with bleeding wasnt so much the fading since it is an undershirt but staining other clothes in the wash. Usually red colors do that. I know you separate your colors, etc.
     
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