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Initial post: 2 Dec 2011 15:31:03 GMT
Not sure how helpful these are - U.S. taste in music and use of English are both different to the UK.

What would be a much better improvement to the Amazon product page would be the tracklisting of CDs where this is available. I'm not going to buy a CD because some American person thinks it's fantastic, if I can't see what tracks are on the album!

But that's what I think. Got to go and change a diaper now before I get me some joe at the diner.

Posted on 2 Dec 2011 19:26:03 GMT
alf says:
For me, very useful at times. There have been quite a few occasions where I've seen a book with no much more than title and cover picture, and the briefest of blurb -- nothing meaningful. If the book looks interesting, or has been recommended from somewhere, I've had to dive off and search through Amazon US. This saves some of the work to do that (middle mouse, "open in new tab"; flick to the new tab; job done without too much to lose where I was).

Posted on 3 Dec 2011 09:59:00 GMT
When there are no reviews, I find the US reviews very helpful, and they are often more honest and detailed than any posted by UK reviewers. While we may have different cultural preferences, we still both want quality and value for money.

Posted on 3 Dec 2011 22:23:46 GMT
I think adding US reviews to non-US Amazon book listings is a terrific new addition to the system--especially for relatively unknown authors. Way to go, Amazon!

Posted on 3 Dec 2011 23:07:27 GMT
Very pleased to see the US view. I thinkit adds a great deal to amazon UK and think it's the right way to go for Amazon UK

Posted on 4 Dec 2011 20:17:25 GMT
David Lewin says:
Yes - just as useful as UK reviews. Good idea.

Posted on 4 Dec 2011 20:19:40 GMT
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Posted on 4 Dec 2011 21:24:14 GMT
Lector says:
Sorry - I don't like reading the US reviews on the UK page. In the past, on the rare occasions when I've wanted to get a wider range of reviews, I've gone to the US site myself. This is easy to do, and personally I'd rather keep it that way.

Posted on 8 Dec 2011 08:48:42 GMT
Johnny P says:
Fantastic new addition!!!!!! Certainly for books. So many people have been asking for this for some time, especially for us who are authors and have more reviews on the .com site!

Well done!

Posted on 8 Dec 2011 13:22:18 GMT
Makeupland says:
This is brilliant! i have always looked on the US site for more reviews before i purchase anything ( i love reading as many reviews as i can!) and this is a great idea since i dont have to open up a new search and look for the item. Thanks Amazon :)

Posted on 8 Dec 2011 15:34:55 GMT
Thumbs up from me. Having more reviews means having more and more different opinions on a book/album/film,etc,and this can only be positive

Posted on 8 Dec 2011 22:47:58 GMT
Love this new feature. Very helpful when the UK version of something has yet to be reviewed.

Posted on 9 Dec 2011 01:25:17 GMT
I'm thrilled about this new feature. I think it was a wonderful idea. It was a pleasant surprise when I checked my books ranking on the U.K. site today. Thank you!

Posted on 9 Dec 2011 05:25:06 GMT
D. Murphy says:
Because of the size of the US markets there are often reviews of books in Amazon US when there are none in Amazon UK. When there no UK reviews I look at Amazon US to find some. I find them tremendously helpful. Even the cultural differences between the US and UK that sometimes show I find enriching. So, yes, please keep posting these.

Posted on 9 Dec 2011 22:32:49 GMT
Thelle says:
I love it! Especially if there are none or few UK reviews!

Posted on 12 Dec 2011 04:03:04 GMT
father2 says:
Wonderful idea - saves me constantly going over to to read reviews on products there. Sometimes when there have been no reviews on products here on the US site comes to the rescue with reviews that help form a judgement on a product. Great!!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2011 11:41:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Dec 2011 11:42:52 GMT
gille liath says:
I agree with you, and I'm surprised at all these responses - could they possibly be ringers? 'Thrilled' - seriously?

Where there are no UK reviews I guess it's helpful; but, with my reviewer's hat on, I tailor my review to what is already up there; it's disconcerting go back and find several US ones have suddenly popped up alongside, thus changing the context entirely.

It also strikes me as strange that, by some coincidence, all the US reviews I've seen have been 5 stars. We shouldn't forget that, for Amazon, what the reviews are really about is selling more product.

Posted on 17 Dec 2011 12:55:37 GMT
If there were any logic to the syndication of foreign reviews, it wouldn't be limited to linking the comments of USAnians to products available via, but it would be a reciprocal arrangement. Also, reviews from and aren't linked to products available via, so there doesn't seem to be any logic or consistency. If I want to read a foreign review, I'm quite capable of using a mouse and finding it. I think the reviews from are inappropriate and unhelpful and would like to see an end to this irritating practice.

Posted on 18 Dec 2011 19:39:31 GMT
I have no problems either way.I collect US'roots music'
and this being a more specialist field I do find that some US comments can be helpfull although I'm my own man, if I decide to buy, I buy!!

Posted on 18 Dec 2011 23:32:01 GMT
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Some quality control problems here. Two of the three US reviews showing are for the wrong product: The Nikon SB-400 rather than the SB-700. I did not check the other 200 US reviews!
I usually find the US reviews helpful. I used to have to go to the US site to get them. Now it saves a few clicks.
As usual, I still make a judgement about the reviewer and their competence before I trust the review.

Posted on 19 Dec 2011 07:18:24 GMT
I think this feature is brilliant. I often have to go to the US Amazon site because the book I am interested in obscure or not popular here. There are usually more reviews done on books in the US and so it is very helpful to get that info before making my purchase. Very often I find a book has no description (which I don't understand if an author wants to sell his book), and the US reviews fill in the gap.

Posted on 19 Dec 2011 14:29:43 GMT
Mr Chris says:
There are some reviews where the original author posts them on the UK and USA site.
It would be helpful if amazon did not show both as they are the same.

Posted on 19 Dec 2011 18:28:00 GMT
Ello Fan says:
Great feature!! As Americans are usually the trend setters and innovators, it's wonderful to have the benefit of their experience and savvy reviews. We Brits need to catch up on trends and technology! Thanks, Yanks! Please keep this feature even if there are some UK reviews as the US reviews are by far more helpful and insightful than the ones written by us.

Posted on 19 Dec 2011 19:22:41 GMT
Chris says:
Useful to see US reviews if there are no UK reviews.

Posted on 19 Dec 2011 21:58:08 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Dec 2011 21:58:50 GMT
Olly Buxton says:
fantastic idea - ideally you would just combine the two at some point (to stop poor sad sacks like me having to double-post the same reviews - sorry cjm, guilty as charged!)
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