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Old 12-05-2015, 05:13 PM
 
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I don't take much stock in the 5 star reviews, nor the 1 star reviews. I figure the one star one are the competition and the 5 star ones are people who work for the manufacturer of the product.
I look at the ones in between.
That's my MO as well when sifting through reviews.
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Old 12-05-2015, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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Not only fake reviews but many of the vendors/manufacturers pay you off to not write a negative. I bought a $4 item and it had amazing reviews but it broke within 5 minutes of owning it so I left a negative review. The same day I got an email saying they would refund my $4 but only if I changed my review to a 5* review praising the product. I declined the refund.
I buy a lot of things from Amazon, and I try to always post reviews which are honest. I have had one bad experience with a vendor. I can't remember the product, but the vendor contacted me after my review, and was very nasty to me about the refund. I persisted, and she came at me again, saying she would not issue me a refund. I told her that if she didn't refund my money, my next review of her product would include the content of the nasty emails she'd sent me. I got my refund the same day.
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Old 12-05-2015, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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Here is an example of a time when I stupidly fell for the "paid" reviews in this product:

http://www.amazon.com/Expandable-Exp...ct_top?ie=UTF8

But here's the review I gave:

"Well, shame on me for falling for this a second time. I previously bought a hose of this type at Home Depot and it failed the first time I used it. But I read some of the reviews on here about what a great hose this is, and I was stupid enough to believe it, even though most of you said you had received some kind of compensation for your review.

Well, guess what...the very first time I used this hose, the internal plastic part sprung a leak and water started gushing everywhere. It is going right back. Shame on all of you who said this was a good hose. It's NOT. I would give it zero stars if I could."
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Old 12-05-2015, 08:15 PM
 
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Amazon is also censuring REAL reviews. I recently submitted a review for a product that arrived with vital parts missing. I spent a lot of frustrating time in phone calls with the manufacturer trying to get the missing parts. The product was useless without the missing parts. So, after I finally (after 8 weeks) got the parts, I wrote a review about this experience saying almost exactly what I said above (with a few more details about the missing vital parts).

Amazon sent me an automated message saying that the review didn't meet their rules for reviews, even though the review did. I never had this happen with any other review I have written on Amazon. I replied to the email asking for more information so I could correct what ever they felt wasn't within their rules, but a week later, I haven't heard a peep from Amazon. So it appears that, to a certain extent, Amazon may now be censuring negative reviews.

Because of this, I won't waste my time writing Amazon reviews from now on and I'm going to ignore Amazon reviews as well. Actually, with so many internet retailers, I think I'll just buy elsewhere.

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Old 12-05-2015, 10:23 PM
 
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Amazon is also censuring REAL reviews. I recently submitted a review for a product that arrived with vital parts missing. I spent a lot of frustrating time in phone calls with the manufacturer trying to get the missing parts. The product was useless without the missing parts. So, after I finally (after 8 weeks) got the parts, I wrote a review about this experience saying almost exactly what I said above (with a few more details about the missing vital parts).

Amazon sent me an automated message saying that the review didn't meet their rules for reviews, even though the review did. I never had this happen with any other review I have written on Amazon. I replied to the email asking for more information so I could correct what ever they felt wasn't within their rules, but a week later, I haven't heard a peep from Amazon. So it appears that, to a certain extent, Amazon may now be censuring negative reviews.

Because of this, I won't waste my time writing Amazon reviews from now on and I'm going to ignore Amazon reviews as well. Actually, with so many internet retailers, I think I'll just buy elsewhere.
I believe that the reason it didn't meet their rules for reviews is that it wasn't a review of the product but was actually a review of the company and how they provided the product.


Imagine you bought a new Ford Focus from the factory and had it delivered to your house as a present for your husband. They drop it off at your house and it is missing the steering wheel. After fussing back and forth with Ford they provide a steering wheel. Would your review be about the how your new Ford Focus sucks because it didn't come with a steering wheel, or would it be about how Ford sucks because they didn't provide your new Ford Focus with a steering wheel?
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Old 12-06-2015, 07:54 AM
 
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Amazon is also censuring REAL reviews. I recently submitted a review for a product that arrived with vital parts missing. I spent a lot of frustrating time in phone calls with the manufacturer trying to get the missing parts. The product was useless without the missing parts. So, after I finally (after 8 weeks) got the parts, I wrote a review about this experience saying almost exactly what I said above (with a few more details about the missing vital parts).

Amazon sent me an automated message saying that the review didn't meet their rules for reviews, even though the review did. I never had this happen with any other review I have written on Amazon. I replied to the email asking for more information so I could correct what ever they felt wasn't within their rules, but a week later, I haven't heard a peep from Amazon. So it appears that, to a certain extent, Amazon may now be censuring negative reviews.

Because of this, I won't waste my time writing Amazon reviews from now on and I'm going to ignore Amazon reviews as well. Actually, with so many internet retailers, I think I'll just buy elsewhere.
There may have been one small thing, one line, that was outside the rules, it is hard to say without seeing the review. If the review was about the seller versus the product that may be why (sellers are rated separately from the product itself, many of which have multiple sellers listed who you can buy from) But I have submitted one-star reviews which slam a product and none have been rejected.
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Old 12-06-2015, 07:57 AM
 
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I believe that the reason it didn't meet their rules for reviews is that it wasn't a review of the product but was actually a review of the company and how they provided the product.


Imagine you bought a new Ford Focus from the factory and had it delivered to your house as a present for your husband. They drop it off at your house and it is missing the steering wheel. After fussing back and forth with Ford they provide a steering wheel. Would your review be about the how your new Ford Focus sucks because it didn't come with a steering wheel, or would it be about how Ford sucks because they didn't provide your new Ford Focus with a steering wheel?
I totally agree this would be 2 reviews...one about the car, and another about the dealership that gave horrible service. But to give the car itself one star because the dealership was awful is not an accurate product review IMO.
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Old 12-06-2015, 08:03 AM
 
Location: NW AR
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I believe that the reason it didn't meet their rules for reviews is that it wasn't a review of the product but was actually a review of the company and how they provided the product.


Imagine you bought a new Ford Focus from the factory and had it delivered to your house as a present for your husband. They drop it off at your house and it is missing the steering wheel. After fussing back and forth with Ford they provide a steering wheel. Would your review be about the how your new Ford Focus sucks because it didn't come with a steering wheel, or would it be about how Ford sucks because they didn't provide your new Ford Focus with a steering wheel?
It's amazing people still drag company observations to a product. ( I mean, give it up already)
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Old 12-06-2015, 09:12 AM
 
Location: S. FL (hell for me-wife loves it)
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i have a family member who works at Amazon, and there is a book published of hilarious actual reviews, it is one of the funniest things i've ever read, he has it on his coffee table and when we go over there we fight over who gets to read it next

LOLOL!!! I laughed so hard I cried when I read your link whocares811 and ocngirl
! Thanks

Here's the link for newcomers:
http://www.amazon.com/Hutzler-571-Ba...ews/B0047E0EII


Loved yours too Carnivalday!
Amazon is suing 1,000 people for phony reviews

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Old 12-06-2015, 10:39 AM
 
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Why are you lying? This is your own blog and you are spamming CD trying to drive traffic.
Yup! That's exactly what the OP is doing...getting money off of each click. Good topic/Bad original poster. Looks like he/she is constantly bumping this thread up as well. I would advise you to inform the mods using that clickly on the upper right, as this is quasi-TOS related and his/her behavior can be "modified" or sent to permanent banned camp.

I would advise anyone also, clicking on the original link can also disclose ISP info, potentially where you live or what business you are posting from, info to the original poster.

Let the mods know....
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