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Why are some of the reviewers reviewing stuff they havent bought through Amazon?

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Initial post: 11 Jan 2014 21:33:32 GMT
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Posted on 12 Jan 2014 06:59:36 GMT
Crookedmouth says:
1. Some reviewers treat reviewing as a hobby. So in order to fuel the hobby will review anything they can lay their hands on.
2. Some reviewers are lucky enough to have been offered stuff free by manufacturers in exchange for a review. So they are obliged to write a review. (I have /never/ been pressured to write a favourable review under such circumstances).
3. They can. Amazon don't require a product to have been bought on Amazon to be reviewed here.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2014 10:02:43 GMT
Uami says:
I review books that I have bought elswhere or borrowed from libraries. I also review things I have bought cheaper elswhere so that people know thee are beter prices to be found outside of Amazon - model railway items and 'toys' especially.

Posted on 12 Jan 2014 12:40:19 GMT
MrsPaul says:
I've reviewed items bought elsewhere in an effort to add to the reviews, or if the item hasn't been reviewed at all. When I first started shopping on Amazon the reviews were so helpful I was able to avoid several really stupid purchases and make some really amazing purchases - a number of those reviews were from reviewers who had not bought their item from Amazon and LOL, most of them said they wish they had for the returns policy and/or better pricing.

I'd love to be able to buy everything I need from local merchants but it is becoming harder every day to find what I'm looking for within a 20 mile shopping radius even, so I now do most of my shopping online here at Amazon. The reviews are what keep me shopping here, it REALLY helps to read other opinions of items even if it's from someone who didn't buy here, or is a negative review clearly written by a troll or competitor (not hard to suss, really).

Posted on 12 Jan 2014 13:47:16 GMT
Kerrypickle says:
Whilst I appreciate all the points made by the people who posted answers to my question. I find it difficult to accept that people are receiving freebies to review. Which they then post on Amazon. Thereby creating the impression that the product was bought from Amazon.

Posted on 12 Jan 2014 14:28:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Jan 2014 14:36:05 GMT
Crookedmouth says:
Any reputable reviewer will include the disclaimer "received free from the manufacturer/author/distributer" or words to that effect, in their review. No false impression is being given.

Of course, you're under no obligation to "accept" it, but it's no odder a hobby than train spotting or learning Klingon. :) Well, not /much/ odder.

Posted on 12 Jan 2014 14:47:33 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Jan 2014 14:51:56 GMT
Quiverbow says:
Amazon isn't always the best or easiest place from which to buy something, so sometimes you have to go elsewhere.

As for reviewing things that have been given out, all review places have that. Newspapers, magazines, etc. Amazon also do it. That's the whole idea; manufactures supply something to someone in exchange for a review, which is how they get their item noticed in the hope it will encourage customers. There's nothing underhand about any of it.

You read the reviews and decide for yourself whether what you're reading about is worth your money.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2014 14:48:15 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Jan 2014 14:50:33 GMT
Damaskcat says:
I always say if I have received a free copy for review.

The Amazon verified purchase line shows when something was purchased from Amazon.

A way to get free books is to register on - where publishers show which books they have available free for review.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2014 15:01:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Jan 2014 15:25:58 GMT
Bacchus says:
If there was a strict rule regarding who was allowed to review, you would end up with fewer reviews and for users of the site, it would therefore mean fewer points of view being expressed.

If I want to know what people think of a product or what it is like, it doesn't really matter to me whether the reviewer bought it on Amazon or elsewhere or if they have been given the product for free.

I think it is pretty obvious when reviewers are writing their reviews because they have a vested interest in giving a positive spin on a product. Look at the reviews of this product,
One Chance. I might be wrong but I suspect that a large number of the 5 star reviews were written by employees of the record company.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2014 16:21:42 GMT
MrsPaul says:
No offense, but if you are offered the opportunity to trial something at no charge to you except the effort to review it on the MarketPlace, would you refuse the opportunity?

I sure wouldn't - I'd leap at the chance!! I would give the item an extra intense workout to be sure I was giving a thorough review of the item, and if for some reason the normal tag (that the item was gratis for the review) wasn't placed with the review I would edit my review to include that info.

Jeez, I'd LOVE the chance to trial and review things, especially sewing-crochet-beading items! And really, I have a tendency to pay a little more attention to the reviews I've seen disclosed as 'gratis for review' because I tend to think those reviewers have put the item through a tough testing period before writing their reviews.

Could you expand on why it bothers you so much that some reviewers have been granted the fantastic opportunity to trial items?

I am NOT an Amazon or MarketPlace staffer - I just really appreciate the reviews that have helped me make (or not) purchases here.

Posted on 12 Jan 2014 18:56:55 GMT
[Deleted by the author on 13 Jan 2014 10:02:30 GMT]

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2014 20:05:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Jan 2014 20:08:12 GMT
P says:
Most people mention in their review that they were sent the product for review. I know I do. I always ensure the item I review is given a full and true review. I have not, nor will I ever falsify a review just because the product was free. My reviews are honest and just.


Posted on 13 Jan 2014 08:49:17 GMT
I have seen helpful reviews where people have said that a product is cheaper elsewhere and there are advantages to buying from local shops; so this is a good thing. Anyway, as has been said, it 's easy enough to see which reviews have the "Amazon Verified Purchase" orange banner and which don't.

Posted on 13 Jan 2014 11:59:40 GMT
Quiverbow says:
The original post on a thread shouldn't be allowed to be deleted unless it's by Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2014 12:10:45 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jan 2014 12:11:01 GMT
MrsPaul says:
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Posted on 13 Jan 2014 16:37:49 GMT
Why shouldn't they? Why should any reviewer only review stuff they've bought through Amazon? The purpose of a review is to review the product, isn't it? Not to review Amazon's, or A.N.Other's, service? Next, why shouldn't reviewing be a hobby? I've nowhere near as many reviews as many. I just enjoy the word-craft. Almost exclusively on the back of one review, I'm lucky enough to be in the top 100, but that isn't why I review. I write 'em because I enjoy doing it and, to a lesser degree, because I hope others will find them useful. If Amazon / someone sees fit to include me in the Vine thing, wonderful; I get stuff for free! I suspect I never will be, because I don't hand out good reviews for the sake of it & free crap may be free, but it's still crap & will be reviewed accordingly! ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2014 17:26:23 GMT
Quiverbow says:
"I suspect I never will be, because I don't hand out good reviews for the sake of it"

Do you mean good as in well written, or good as in five stars? Either way, neither is a criteria for being asked to join Vine.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2014 17:55:49 GMT
MrsPaul says:
I don't think many (if any at all) of the reviews I've read by reviewers who received the items free have been especially positive simply because they got the item free and want to keep the freebies coming.

I feel confident the ones I've read are genuine reviews of the items and I have read a few that were not at all enthusiastic about the item they received free. There have been one or two I questioned but it was a simple matter to read all their reviews to form an opinion as to veracity.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2014 18:04:50 GMT
Crookedmouth says:
" because they got the item free and want to keep the freebies coming"

Oh no. Not that one again. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2014 18:07:35 GMT
Crookedmouth says:
On the other hand. You're new to amazon. You make a relatively innocuous post and it gets negged to hell and back. Who can blame her?

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2014 19:04:44 GMT
MrsPaul says:
Lol, actually my post was in reply to Mr Watkinson's (where he seems to think the reviews on gratis items are only good to keep the gratis items arriving to his door).

New to this discussion only, I've been on Amazon UK since 2012 (whooops, does that make me still a newb?).

Re the down votes, I suspect someone (or the OP) is logging in and out to down-vote all of our posts - scroll up, suddenly we're all taking a drubbing.

Posted on 13 Jan 2014 19:26:15 GMT
Crookedmouth says:
"New to Amazon" nah I meant the OP, not you. I doubt its her doing the negging. And yes, I read your post properly a second time and get what you meant. Sorry :)

Posted on 13 Jan 2014 19:39:21 GMT
Sorry, I was being facetious & it seems to have fallen a bit flat. I've no idea what the criteria for being a Vine reviewer are & care less. I simply found the thread a bit odd. As most people do, I suspect, I review stuff just because I happen to feel like it. Does it matter whether you bought it through Amazon? Not a jot. In my opinion anyway...

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2014 09:33:10 GMT
Some people have said on here that they actually voted themselves into Vine. So there was a discussion here where somebody posted the web address of Vine and some people went along there and found they were "in". It may be that the reason people like Mr. Watkinson are not in Vine, is that they just never tried? The other thing I have heard is that most of the invitations from Amazon to join Vine, end up in people's spam folders and are never seen.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2014 10:38:34 GMT
MrsPaul says:
It's not possible to vote on your own reviews on Amazon, you can't even vote on your own discussion votes ('adds to this discussion yes or no').

Not to sound completely stupid here, but what is Vine Voice anyway? I've seen the badge on reviews here but haven't a clue what it really is.
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