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In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2013 16:22:29 BDT
Quiverbow says:
Yes, the problem also occurs with CDs. There may be a box set release of a CD with bonus/unreleased tracks but it seems that Amazon will link the new relase to the old one. They also appear to link DVDs with VHS.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2013 16:07:20 BDT
The main problem is on DVDs/Blu rays where the reviews are numerous, well before the release of the item itself and based on prejudice mostly.

Quite often you will get hundreds of 1 star reviews bemoaning the item as a rip-off because we don't get the same package as the US and a later release date, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2013 15:46:53 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 May 2013 15:49:12 BDT
Quiverbow says:
Unless it was received through Vine, you can't review a book until it's published. There is no 'Create your own review' option. Whether this used to be, I don't know but there isn't now.

Posted on 28 May 2013 15:01:40 BDT
The thing about reviews is that they are personal opinion, I have had comments for daring to say that World of Warcraft was dull and repetitive after a while, No really it is LOL
But there are those, here as elsewhere, that seem to be looking for a chance to nit pick rather than actually commenting on your review and of course those who will take any review that diagrees with theirs as a personal attack rather than a difference of opinion. But I do give a lot of 5 star reviews because unlike an exam paper looking for a distinction a 5 star review to me means that the product does what it claims to and does it well, it doesn't have to be earth shattering but it doe have to provide the service etc that you bought it for. BTW I have reviewed things that I haven't bought, but have used sufficiently and small and niggly difference but an important one. I do remember having a pop at several people who 'Reviewed' Richard Hammonds biography before it was released because they thought he basically shouldn't write one after nearly dying in that car crash while making Top Gear.
But I do think that Amazon should close the comments section until the game/book/DVD is actiually on sale.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2013 08:55:37 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 May 2013 09:38:19 BDT
"Another type that needs removing is the review by someone who hasn't even purchased the bloody product!"

I see you have already voiced your own opinion on this matter.

Posted on 23 May 2013 22:44:47 BDT
Paul Price says:
LOL. My only response. Genuinely laughing out loud nonetheless

Posted on 23 May 2013 14:56:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 May 2013 08:53:41 BDT
Anybody can comment on anything here. You can't stop anybody.

But I made no comment anyway, simply pointing out things posted by other people in comments. All of my post above was quoting from the comments on your review.

Posted on 23 May 2013 13:50:15 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 23 May 2013 11:41:17 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 May 2013 14:57:30 BDT
This is the crucial reason for all the negs :

"Just a quick reminder in case you missed it, Mr baz has clearly stated on the Nikon forums that he would never buy a d3200 as it lacks features he requires. So why is he stating here that he has owned one and since sold it? Does he sound like someone that would buy a camera without the features he seems to know so much about? "

Here ya go Old Nikonian (Link to Nikon cafe thread :

Clearly has never owned a D3200. He's been found out, not only here but on the Nikon forums. This review should be deleted as the reviewer has not owned or used the camera.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2013 21:05:37 BDT
J. Forbes says:
Yes, Baz, you are being negged by certain "Top Reviewers" for not toeing the line.

You argue with Groveller (aka The Leveller) and his little mates at your peril.

Posted on 21 May 2013 21:59:04 BDT
Paul Price says:
Joust me! Joust me! Lighten up.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2013 21:17:23 BDT
J. Forbes says:
Groveller, you might not have noticed this, but these Top Reviewer threads are pretty much unique on Amazon in dishing out negs in such quantity to people's posts. That is why I believe the perpetrators to be "Top Reviewers". Nobody else would have any interest in doing this.

When I described you and your kind as the coven, I was spot on. Thoroughly nasty pieces of work.

That said, some Top Reviewers are fine. I don't want to tar all with the same brush.

Now run along and dish out some negs.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2013 20:42:41 BDT
Paul Price says:
My goodness such honour and valour! Probably belongs in another time maybe the 13th century? Fancy a joust? I agree with you regarding fanboys.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2013 20:12:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 May 2013 20:23:28 BDT
Mr Baz says:
It's up to folks what they put in reviews. But let's just say I get a giggle reading some of them, a few choice lines such as "this camera changed my life" which is stretching things a bit far by anyone's standard. Some vine reviewers compain they get marked down for being on the programme, maybe they do. But I stick to my thoughts on some reviewers, I think they take the ranking system a bit too seriously (it's supposed to be fun writing a review) Saying that I note I'm now getting negative votes probably just by posting here!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2013 20:08:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 May 2013 20:18:58 BDT
Mr Baz says:
I bought the product and left a review. A few die hard fans attempted to pressure me into removing it. It didn't work. It actually got quite nasty but fortunately Amazon removed most of the fanboy posts. I don't cave into fanboy pressure on reviews, neither should anyone. Most people rated the review as useful, that speaks volumes to me as a reviewer, that a critical review helps a potential buyer.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2013 15:28:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 May 2013 15:29:37 BDT

Just thought I'd take a quick look at your honest reviews.

It appears your integrity may be in question here according to Sparky's findings. On page 4 of the comments he's starting to go into Paxman mode.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2013 11:40:28 BDT
Still trolling the boards eh Freddie! 'Petty, spineless and malicious'. Pot, kettle and black springs to mind.

Yes, Baz is telling the truth but why do you assume that it's only the supposed top reviewers or 'The Coven' voting on comments on here? Absolutely anyone be they self proclaimed top reviewer or gobby twit like you can vote and make comments trying to manipulate this thread. People tend not to post here because of people like you who only come on to antagonise. Try to be nice, you may even like it.

Come on Stuart, come and join Freddie. Can he resist? Can I? Can you?

Nevertheless Keeping well I hope Freddie.

I'll leave you to your mischief.

Ttfn :)

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2013 10:36:33 BDT
J. Forbes says:
For speaking the truth, 6 out of the 11 people who have marked your post so far, marked you down. This says all that need be said, really, about the integrity of many "Top Reviewers".

And all of those six were too gutless to actually put any words on paper to argue your point. They are just petty, spineless, and malicious. Not the sort of people whose opinions I would want to listen to anyway, so I am grateful that the "Top Reviewer" designation exists.

Posted on 20 May 2013 11:37:09 BDT
Mr Baz says:
I tend to review cameras quite a lot and I'm more fussy than most, in some respects quite critical. I also update my reviews if I find issues or nagging problems (or improvements) with extended use. It would be very easy for me to write 5 star reviews and bag positive votes based on that, very easy. The moment you write a more critical review you instantly attract potential negative votes from fans or buyers. You can be more careful with your wording and that might help at times, but you are treading on thin ice.

Regardless of that I still leave a review which reflects my view of the product. That is the only way to maintain integrity and genuinely be helpful to others.
It is very easy to see the top selling products and write glowing reviews on those products to gain ranking. Whilst I'm in the top 1000, I have no real ambition to make the top 500 or top 50, but some do.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 May 2013 21:43:32 BDT
J. Forbes says:
Mr B said: "But there is no question some reviewers do play to the audience and write reviews that will attract more positive votes."

Top Reviewers claim vehemently that they don't do this, but I share your suspicions. It's why I tend not to read Top Reviewers' reviews.

Sorry chaps! But at least I don't go round negging people's reviews and posts out of spite.

Posted on 18 May 2013 20:57:01 BDT
Mr Baz says:
It is quite simple from my perspective I write a review in order to be of use to a potential buyer. This is a 2 way process, as I read reviews to help me decide if something meets my needs or not. As for the rankings well it is a challenge of sorts to achieve that, but it is not the end of the world either. I'm sure the top 50 reviewers are more competitive in this regard than top 500/1000 reviewers are. I just carry on with what I feel is helping folks make informed choices.
As for integrity it is simple again, sometimes you have to land a few punches (ie be more critical) and other times you can be much more positive. I've never voted down reviews in order to boost my own ranking, that is quite absurd.

But there is no question some reviewers do play to the audience and write reviews that will attract more positive votes.

Posted on 29 Apr 2013 01:10:38 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2013 17:24:36 BDT
Ginger says:
I personally have more important things to do with my time, feel sorry for anyone who is concerned with such trivial matters!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2013 16:31:38 BDT
J. Forbes says:
You do love to argue, KJ! Unfortunately I am not in the mood, but perhaps Groveller will indulge you.

Posted on 25 Apr 2013 11:08:42 BDT
My post was factually accurate; yours wasn't.
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