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 a review of the product. The reviewers would then write the review and leave a disclaimer saying something... Read more » Amazon Bans Incentivized Reviews –
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…)
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...
Internet retailer bans almost all reviews that are posted in exchange for free or discounted products.
Amazon has decided to ban all 'incentivized' reviews - except for those coming via its own Amazon Vine program.