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Amazon merchant bribed buyers with refunds in exchange for reviews

By Shawn Knight
Jan 27, 2012
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  1. An Amazon merchant by the name of VIP Deals was recently singled out for allegedly bribing customers with free products in exchange for reviews.

    Read the whole story
     
  2. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    No big surprise really. They give away a cheap cover/case get a favorable review and have customers comeback into the store. Customer gets their money back which they can then spend on some other accessories. Since its not mandatory to give a five star rating its not really bribery.
     
  3. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,384   +15

    Wow that back fired on them!
     
  4. something of the sort happened to me when i ordered a cell phone case from "the OEM shop"
    on amazon.

    the case didn't fit, so they offered to send me another one AND a free blu tooth head piece (which after many tries couldn't get it to work) it was super super cheap lol

    anyways, they offered me the above in exchange for a 5 star review, giving them what they deserved, i gave them a 2 star review and explained in the review what they tried to do.

    for weeks I got emails requesting i take the comment down.
    LOL
     
  5. My attorney, Larry Handley of Ankeny, IA of the Handley Law Firm did the same type of thing. I gave him some negative reviews for the terrible job he did as my attorney, and then he would post and give himself 5 stars for his rating. Also, several questionable positive reviews by "clients" started springing up, which was strange because he had never had a review of any kind before me.
     
  6. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,708   +62

    If they gave me something for free id give em a good review too.
     
  7. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    Pro John Hancock on that letter.
     
  8. penn919

    penn919 TS Enthusiast Posts: 158   +12

    I'll admit it. I actually considered doing the same, I'll rethink that, but hey...it's a rough economy and it's hard keeping up with the big guys. Sometimes you gotta go out on the edge you know?
     
  9. enocheed

    enocheed TS Rookie

    I don't see anything wrong with it. If you get a free bee. Least bit of curtesy is to give a good review. How could you even give a bad review on a free product. People are suck **** to not to be able to be pleased. And to think that a hundred years ago you did not even have electricity. But now you loose it for a few seconds and you cry that your light is flickering. Boo too. Grow up people and appreciate the giving hand. Don't bite it like a stupid dog? Be human be smarter than a stupid dog.
     
  10. People had electricity a hundred years ago.
     
  11. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    Amazing. People like you are why society is going downhill.
     
     
  12. Captain828

    Captain828 TS Guru Posts: 277

    So he did the morally right thing to do (since the headset wasn't working) and you bash him?!

    Sense. This makes none.
     
  13. i posted this and let me explain.

    the reason I posted a review of what i REALLY thought of the product and its seller.

    I believe that simply offering a free gift, because a product didn't fit, in exchange for a 5 star review is HORRIBLE business.
    the review should be honest, and give other potential buyers a good perspective of the product and it's seller.

    what the seller was trying to do was cover up their fault by throwing a free blu tooth my way.

    the way I see it is, good business/products will get you HONEST good reviews, instead of having to bribe people to give them to you
     
  14. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Enthusiast Posts: 362   +57

    I think the part they are talking about is the fact that the person took the "brie" the merchant offered and still gave them a low star rating. So basically he agreed to the bribe took the money and then turned them in. If they were gonna give them a low rating then they should have just given the low rating without taking the bribe first.
     
  15. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    Yes, that is what I was going for. Thank you Camikazi.
     
  16. Rasta211

    Rasta211 TS Enthusiast Posts: 197   +28

    I'm pretty confident this isn't the only company doing this.

    People handing out money to get favorable reviews? I hope no one is really surprised by this.
     


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