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Amazon finally kills the review scheme responsible for millions of shady ratings

Technology : The Next Web Blog

Amazon reviews are bullshit. Many of the star-ratings are legitimate and should be taken for what they are — honest reviews from independent buyers. Others, however, use pay-for-play techniques that see sellers incentivizing reviewe...

"Incentivized" shill reviews now banned on Amazon

Humor / odd : Boing Boing

Following complaints and a scathing exposé by Review Meta (previously) Amazon announced it will now ban incentivized reviews, a form of shill review written in exchange for free or reduced-cost products. (more…)

Amazon cracks down on ‘incentivized reviews’

Business & Finance : Mashable: Business Inc. is tightening controls on “incentivized reviews,” in which customers receive free or discounted goods in exchange for writing product critiques that many shoppers use when making online purchases. Amazon previously a...

Data analysis shows what you suspected all along: Amazon ratings are bullshit

Technology : The Next Web Blog

After analyzing over 18 million reviews, independent analysis confirmed that Amazon ratings are heavily influenced by incentivized reviews. Incentivized reviews, in this case, means a discounted (or free) product received in exchang...

Amazon Bans Incentivized Reviews – Companies Say Review Anyway

News : The Inquisitr - News

Amazon banned incentivized reviews on October 3, stating that incentivized reviews are prohibited from anyone who is not an Amazon Vine member. In the past, sellers would offer Amazon members free or discounted items in exchange for...


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