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Initial post: 18 Aug 2010 19:29:27 BDT
The Truth says:
I was wondering how you become an Amazon Vine Reviewer and I was wondering what people look for in their reviews. Work is quite slow at the moment and I have found writing reviews on here quite enjoyable. I'd like to become a Vine reviewer (it's good to have something to aim for) and wondered how you should go about it and who invites you?

Posted on 18 Aug 2010 21:37:52 BDT
It's invitation only as far as I know. The only thing you can do is keep reviewing and wait to be asked! Try looking in the top reviewers forum for advice. It doesn't seem to be all good though. From what I've seen reviews tagged as being from the vine programme can attract a lot of criticism.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Aug 2010 10:16:28 BDT
The Truth says:
Thanks for the reply...

The criticism is probably just sour grapes at the end of the day, from people like me who wish they were 'On the Vine'.
Who invites you - Amazon, or other members?

Posted on 19 Aug 2010 18:10:26 BDT
Hi, I was invited by Amazon.

I write a few reviews but I also buy many items from them so perhaps that helps? It does say that it is based on writing helpful reviews.

Posted on 19 Aug 2010 18:47:50 BDT
Picard says:
Amazon Vine is invitation based :) I was invited a couple of years ago.

Posted on 19 Aug 2010 22:08:21 BDT
C. Gould says:
Do they give you free BDs then usual?

Posted on 20 Aug 2010 06:49:42 BDT
Not really no, mostly it's books but then there's also a few other products tagged onto the list. Software is pretty common. I saw the first BD this month and it was 'World at War' - nothing mainstream. Basically, companies supply Amazon with products that are new and feel they need a 'footup' to get recognised (apart from anti-virus products in my opinion).

Posted on 20 Aug 2010 08:39:44 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jul 2013 21:46:58 BDT
Keith_Joseph says:
Amazon Vine membership is by Amazon.co.uk invitation only - I got my membership out of the blue via an email from Amazon when ranked around 100, although I had been a good Amazon customer for years. Amazon call it "Amazon Vine™: The Exclusive Club of Influential Amazon Voices". The Vine selection is often just books or PC software - fine for me as my main passions are PCs and photography, and my daughter [16] is a book-a-holic. Once you are a Vine member, you simply login and select two of the items on offer, with the first batch of Vine products being tailored to your interests, and the second monthly offering being made up of all the items left over from the previous Vine product list. You now have to review 100% of the items you select twice monthly with 30 days or you can't order anymore free Vine stuff. Regarding reviews, there can be the occasional like/don't like faction wars with voting based on star ratings, because we love some game or something it's always a bit of a surprise to find many who don't.

A lot of the free Vine stuff are things you'd never think of buying yourself (hence the need for some Amazon reviews), but we have found some real gems of [mostly young adult] books this way - The Ask and the Answer, Bloodline, Diary of a wimpy Vampire, Wyrmeweald: Returner's Wealth, Woodlands, Young Sherlock Holmes, etc... The PC software is mostly fun, e.g. learn Spanish, Teach yourself Adobe Flash, Virtual Drums, but some is really useful like Adobe, Corel, Serif, anti-virus etc.., and I was pleased to get the remastered 'World at War' 11 DVD set although the DVDs all arrived loose and unboxed, and the review books are often pre-publication runs with errors. Occassionally there's electronic stuff on offer like wireless routers, hair stylers, shavers, TV/PC multimedia devices, external hard drives, cameras, and headphones. I now tend to ignore more expensive stuff I really don't need or want (e.g. Routers, oddball software), and go for cheaper stuff I actually would like and will use, and then they are far easier to review. However Amazon do say they offer you stuff on Vine related to what you review, so the more free books you select and review via Vine, the more free books you might get offered on Vine.

The secret of becoming an Amazon Vine reviewer is no doubt somehow related to the number of Amazon reviews you write and the number of positive votes. Oh and I do have to work to fund my Amazon habit, so as 'the usual suspect' suggests spending a lot of money with Amazon.co.uk probably helps with Vine invitations as well, i.e. a 'valued customer'. Most of my kids and indeed family presents are bought here, as my wife & mother like DVDs of TV series like Caedfel and Frost, and my teenage kids value games [PS3/Nintendo/Wii/PC], books and DVDs/music [TV/iPods]. Plus we often buy monitors, TVs, cameras, DVD players, PS3s and other hardware from Amazon or their resellers rather than the highstreet, which is easier for us as we live in the countryside, although like many we find the signed-for postal delivery can be a pain.

When you submit an Amazon review though I always copy it to Word as sometimes the reviews or changes don't get accepted and need tweeking, so resubmitting it a few times is required for it to appear. Mentioning the exact price you paid for the item used to scupper the review (the price is the main reason we buy, i.e. if it's right), but they seem fine with it these days. Amazon don't like links to other websites though, no matter how useful, so I mention them cryptically, e.g. 'can be downloaded from Logitech'. I tend to review PC products [software, games and hardware], electronics/photography, and audio-visual stuff like Rock/pop/folk music [CDs] and films [DVDs], but then that's where our interest lies. Others do well in terms of reviewer ranking on their specific interests like classical music, games or films etc... Nearly all the top Amazon reviewers living in the UK seem to be on the Vine list, and those not on it may have opted out.

Posted on 20 Aug 2010 10:35:44 BDT
Mr. Blu says:
Interesting, as in nearly 100 reviews I have never reviewed software and a book only once, many, many years ago. Currently I hardly have the time to write reviews, but at my peak reviewing time, several months ago, I was getting a bit miffed at having turned out loads of well received reviews and not an invitation in sight :-(

I wonder if the books and software issue is the key. I would only have been interested in reviewing Blu-Rays anyway......

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Aug 2010 21:04:21 BDT
The Truth says:
Interesting points.

I think it depends on what you review too. I think Amazon will look for certain buying trends - that translates to 'expertise'... for instance someone might get asked to join if they wright a lot of teenage book reviews. And then they'll be sent lots of teenage books - but I suspect - not many Blu rays for example.

I have all ready 'attracted' lots of negatives votes after posting this same question in another forum - within a day someone had gone through my reviews negging them - lol.

Some interesting point here, thanks guys.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2011 16:34:57 GMT
Ex Grex says:
Thankyou, Keith Joseph, 'The Truth', and to others here,

I'd too had wondered what that 'Vine' thing was all about, so that's very helpful and informative of you to tell us so frankly, (and I shan't therefore ever wish to get an invite!)

@ 'The Truth': regarding your statement: "I have all ready 'attracted' lots of negatives votes... " well, - what a lot of right %$&^%'s there are out there!
It seems there are some really decent folk in this world, - and then *that* sort, --the miserable b*ggars!
:o

Posted on 11 Mar 2011 20:21:06 GMT
I. Copeland says:
haha - amusing but informative x

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Mar 2011 14:58:27 BDT
Mr. G. Johns says:
Sorry, but you have to be invited by Amazon. I quote, thus, "Amazon Vine™ is a programme that enables a select group of Amazon customers to post opinions about new and pre-release items to help their fellow customers make educated purchase decisions. Customers are invited to become Amazon Vine™ Voices based on the trust they have earned in the Amazon community for writing accurate and insightful reviews. Amazon provides Amazon Vine™ members with free copies of products that have been submitted to the program by vendors. Amazon does not influence the opinions of Amazon Vine™ members, nor do we modify or edit their reviews."

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Mar 2011 15:04:31 BDT
Mr. G. Johns says:
Regarding the post by Keith Joseph - "...When you submit an Amazon review though always copy it to Word as sometimes the reviews don't get accepted and need tweeking, so resubmitting it a few times is required for it to appear [mentioning the price you paid for the item can scupper the review, although the price is the main reason we buy, i.e. if it's right, plus Amazon don't like links to other websites, no matter how useful, so mention them cryptically]. I tend to review PC products [software, games and hardware], electronics/photography, and audio-visual stuff like Rock/pop/folk music [CDs] and films [DVDs], but then thats where our interest lies. Others do well in terms of reviewer ranking on their specific interests like classical music, games or films etc... Nearly all the top Amazon reviewers living in the UK seem to be on the Vine list, and those not on it may have opted out. " Thank you, I'm halfway through my second book in the Vine programme, so have recently sent in a review - so the first piece regarding copying & pasting into Word is very useful.

Posted on 16 Jun 2011 20:31:27 BDT
D. Thurgood says:
I've been on Vine (hoorah! I love it!) for at least a year or so now. The invite came out of the blue - I'd never even heard of it before. I'd written about 15 reviews, which is hardly any, but (and I think this is the critical thing) some were very highly rated. My reviews aren't very long or in great depth, but they do describe the way I felt about the item (99% books, as the cool stuff like External Hard Drives and Gaming stuff goes INSTANTLY as I assume there's only ever one of each) and whether I would read more by the same author, that sort of thing. The negative votes are an odd one - I sometimes think that if you didn't like a product, and you say so, people don't like it. I mean, what can you say about a book that you didn't like? I reviewed a fantastic new publication of Treasure Island and seemed to have made the mistake of assuming that everyone knew what the story is about. Lots of negative votes when all I said was, get this book, you'll love it and so will the kids. In a few more words of course! Anyway, I hope that's helpful to the OP.

Posted on 18 Jul 2011 19:48:23 BDT
I'd love to join Amazon Vine, i have a LOT of spare time (and nothing better to do) and love writing reviews, how often do CD's get offered through Vine? Thanks in advance.

Posted on 16 Feb 2012 20:29:24 GMT
SuPeRsOnIc says:
Where is the official UK amazon vine forum?

Posted on 23 Feb 2012 13:12:41 GMT
N. J. H. says:
I'm so glad to have stumbled across this discussion, I had also been wondering what Amazon Vine was all about. I have to agree with "The Truth", it's nice to have something to aspire to, particularly if you enjoy writing reviews. Since I mostly review Young Adult products I just assumed I wouldn't be diverse enough for the Vine, glad to see this may not be the case after all. Anyway, enough waffling from me, just a quick thank you really.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2013 19:28:58 BDT
F. Griffiths says:
Amazon make some very odd choices for us Vine reviewers! You also need a thick skin as undoubtedly some people like trashing our reviews. I found this so annoying I stopped for many months. I now only request stuff I will genuinely use - and I don't worry so much about my reviews.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2013 00:13:03 BDT
Mr. G. Johns says:
The best way to use the Vine products is when you really want the item on offer - otherwise it isn't a genuine review.

Posted on 23 Apr 2013 07:49:04 BDT
D. Thurgood says:
Not sure about that, Mr G Johns. You can really want something, get it, and it still turns out to be pants. Or, you can review something that you think you might like, and it turns out to be stonking. All reviews are genuine, whether they're good or bad. Surely, if you really want the item, then you've decided you're going to love it already, which could well give the review less integrity, not more. I've been genuinely surprised in both directions with the products I've requested, and my reviews reflect that.

Posted on 23 Apr 2013 10:40:57 BDT
Cartimand says:
I'll certainly second the comments about Vine reviews attracting a disproportionate amount of negative votes. My 'helpful' percentage dropped significantly when I started posting Vine reviews. Suspect it is down to sour grapes!
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Posted on 28 Apr 2013 08:29:23 BDT
Julie Cutler says:
I was invited into Amazon Vine on the second month it operated in the UK, when my reviewer rank was around 3500 (I did get to under 50 briefly, then gave up). Looked like a good thing so my husband started increasing the number of reviews he wrote until he got invited a few months later. I assume now that you would have to work very hard to get on the programme. However if you can write honest succinct reviews of items, particularly tech, which help other people make an informed choice and purchase durable quality goods, it shouldn't be impossible to get there. The aim is to make people like your comments!
However, the drawbacks are, Amazon from May are stopping you getting further items unless you have submitted all your reviews within a month of receipt. Technically you cannot give the items away and the supply company retains ownership for 6 months. There is an awful lot of tat, and it is all too easy to jump on any item as though you have the keys to the sweety shop. From the beginning, other people saw it as social competition and gave rival reviewers negative votes (especially as it put their reviews at the top of the page). The Vine forum is very odd and seems to have descended into boasting about posting nasty comments on other people's reviews and then gloating when they delete them.
Yes you can get offered some very valuable and useful items and get to keep them. You just have to accept that you have been transported back in time to when you were seven at school. Come on in, the water's lovely!

Posted on 20 Jul 2013 22:35:54 BDT
Natalia says:
How do I get invited into amazon vine ? i have so much spare time and would love to be part of it :) .

Posted on 21 Jul 2013 00:28:50 BDT
mister joe says:
Alright Truth,hope you are well.
I would guess you would need to roll over and have amazon tickle your fluffy little belly.
Otherwise aim for generic,safe,box ticking reviews that read like the back of a ketchup bottle.
Functional seems to be the order of the day.Rational,reliable.......
I suspect "viners" are kind of like the pushy,overbearing mums that clog up playgrounds,who have vacant sociopathic smiles.
Stay free The Truth.You are a man not a number.
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