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I personally loved the few that said x company gave me this item for free and it's a good thing because it was crappie lol
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post #22 of 33
I saw this video about the paid reviews.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdLI62JKpCk

The ones paying for the service get to choose who the reviewers are and of course why pick someone that gives negative reviews. The video pointed out someone who has all 5* reviews. Every project was a 5*? BS!
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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.


There was a recent study that was done to see the effect of sending products to reviewers on review scores on Amazon, probably directly influenced this policy change.

Anyways, they found it only changes by about 0.5 stars on average, something around there. Nothing significant if you use your brains to determine if something is good rather than relying completely on the reviews.
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but, but...
What happens to gems like this?

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


thanks for that...i laughed so hard i peed myself a little lmaosmiley.gif
    
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OH! MY! WORD! lachen.giflachen.giflachen.gif Those were screaming! They are right up with the Haribo Sugar Free Gummy Worms reviews (before Amazon culled the funny ones).

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KYVJSC

LOL

Apparently Amazon has "that corner" that youtube does when you go clicking on related products long enough.
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post #26 of 33
I've read many Amazon reviews of items that were received for free. Usually if a reviewer takes the time to write a thorough review and include some pics or video, I tend to trust those reviewers a little more.

The following are the type of reviews I can't stand seeing. Someone receives a product for free and considers the following to be an actual review.
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I received this item for my unbiased and honest review.

This product is amazing! Buy it!

I have actually seen this many times. Helluva a review, hunh? headscratch.gif
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post #27 of 33
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I've read many Amazon reviews of items that were received for free. Usually if a reviewer takes the time to write a thorough review and include some pics or video, I tend to trust those reviewers a little more.

The following are the type of reviews I can't stand seeing. Someone receives a product for free and considers the following to be an actual review.
I have actually seen this many times. Helluva a review, hunh? headscratch.gif

problem with that (in most cases) those reviewers who take the time to review stuff review it the minute they get it. I've seen a couple where they say "I haven't used it yet but it feels nice" then gives it 5 stars.
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problem with that (in most cases) those reviewers who take the time to review stuff review it the minute they get it. I've seen a couple where they say "I haven't used it yet but it feels nice" then gives it 5 stars.

Well of course in that situation the reviewer should not be trusted.
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Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post

OH! MY! WORD! lachen.giflachen.giflachen.gif Those were screaming! They are right up with the Haribo Sugar Free Gummy Worms reviews (before Amazon culled the funny ones).

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KYVJSC

LOL

Apparently Amazon has "that corner" that youtube does when you go clicking on related products long enough.

"Takes the bad part out of the fart". That is marketing genius.
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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

This is indeed quite annoying. However, you can at least select to see only the reviews of the specific model you are looking at.

I was shopping for some 3k LED's light bulbs and it was really hard finding some that weren't "sponsored" reviews. Each time I thought I found one, the reviews all turned out to be given for a discount. Frustrating for certain categories.
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