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Paying for reviews outright has always been against the rules, and Amazon has gone so far as to sue sellers caught doing it. To get around the restrictions, companies often send free or discounted products to reviewers, which has been permitted so long as reviewers disclose that the transaction had taken place.

I can't tell you how many times I've sorted by reviews and found cheap crappy products that came out of no where that have 5 star ratings. "oh this product was given to me for free or at a discount and doesn't affect my review". The heck it doesn't.
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I never ran into this but I do like the idea that those kind of reviews are going to be stopped now, hard to cry over something you got for free. tongue.gif
    
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post #3 of 33
The 'helpful' reviews can be gamed just as easily. Just restrict the ability to make reviews to verified purchases, problem solved.
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Originally Posted by Culverin View Post

but, but...
What happens to gems like this?

https://www.amazon.ca/Wilton-710-5521-Silver-Color-Mist/dp/B005KTVG86

*scrolls down*

"Prepares you for Valhalla!"

lol
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Originally Posted by Culverin View Post

but, but...
What happens to gems like this?

https://www.amazon.ca/Wilton-710-5521-Silver-Color-Mist/dp/B005KTVG86

products like that aren't the problem, none of those reviews were what was the problem.

These are

https://www.amazon.com/1byone-Mechanical-Professional-Single-Handed-Programmable/dp/B01GE5Y41A/

https://www.amazon.com/IMPROVED-Rechargeable-Portable-BPA-FREE-Gunmetal/dp/B01ISSE56A

https://www.amazon.com/TeckNet-Raptor-Gaming-Button-Weight/dp/B00E290JRE/

and could probably find a dozen more.
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Oh man, they put it at the end, so you have to click "read more" to even see it.
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post #8 of 33
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Oh man, they put it at the end, so you have to click "read more" to even see it.

yep, I actually bought that keyboard at the top and while it was okay-ish, it malfunctioned within a week and got sent back. Left a 3 star rating for it. Overall it was OK but the lighting didn't even last. Wish Logitech would get it together and release one with mech switches cause it'll be a cold day in hell if I buy a Razer.
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*scrolls down*

"Prepares you for Valhalla!"

lol

6 people found the review useful too lachen.gif
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What I wish Amazon would stop doing (among a dozen other things) is combining reviews of similar products. For example, they will combine the reviews of different sizes of the same model of HDDs, such as combining the reviews of all sizes of, say, WD Blacks. Different sizes do not always perform the same as other sizes. 3TB drives being one that doesn't perform as well as others. When the new 4TB Samsung EVOs were first listed, they immediately showed several thousand reviews. Seriously? kookoo.gif
     
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