Online sellers 'pay for positive reviews'

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    This seems to have become much more of an issue in the last year or so. I use both ReviewMeta and Fakespot to check for fake Amazon reviews. They give an adjusted rating for a product by removing the possible fake reviews.
     
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    Absolutely no surprises here. Mankind (at least in the corporate world) has tossed aside morals and "doing what's right" in exchange for materialistic and monetary gain.The world has gone to hell in a hand basket.
     
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    Yup. It's just getting worse the more time goes forward so we can expect (if not already in full swing) plenty of BRIBES for satisfactory high reviews etc.
     
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    The question is if Amazon is honest in determining who is honest?
     
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    As an Amazon long term customer I can say that factual reviews are mostly improving but you still are left with some hesitations.

    Only way to determine is take them up on the return policy if something doesn't quite pan out to expectations and relay that back to them in clear print be it personal letterhead or other.

    They are a business and must take into consideration their repeat customers as well as their high roller spenders. Obviously they break them down onto pools of types of customers per quantity of sales to larger spending clients from the occasional drop in their bucket column.
     
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    FTC Brings First Case Challenging Fake Paid Reviews on an Independent Retail Website
     
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    Pro Tips for Shopping Safe on Amazon
     
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    Hey Roger!!! 10Q to the nth for those lynx. However, I'm surprised that you use Chrumb -- er, I meant Chrome.
     
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    Well I use a use a Chrome based browser (360 Extreme Explorer) as it handles tabs the way I want, without having to use extensions to do so. But, of course I do use some extensions, such as these ones for example.
     
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    FTC Announces First Actions Exclusively Enforcing the Consumer Review Fairness Act
    Companies included illegal non-disparagement clauses in form contracts with consumers

     
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    FTC Approves Final Consent Orders with Five Companies that Allegedly Violated the Consumer Review Fairness Act
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    Review fraud: Hijacked Amazon reviews a big problem says Consumer Reports
    The fake reviews problem on Amazon isn't going away any time soon
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    https://searchengineland.com/review...ws-a-big-problem-says-consumer-reports-321087
     
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    These "Amazon’s Choice" Sellers Are Bribing Customers For Good Reviews
    Some sellers offer gift cards or freebies to customers in exchange for five-star reviews
    October 9, 2019

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/articl...azons-choice-sellers-bribe-customers-for-good
     
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    When I am shopping at Amazon, I like to read the 1-star reviews. I have gradually come to the conclusion that more than a few sellers offer incentives for posting negative reviews of competing products.
     
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    I just tried the fakespot ext and watched it go through its checks. What I found interesting is it apparently looks at the review history for reviewers to seemingly determine if they're posting fake reviews. Pretty interesting. I changed some wish list items based on the feedback. Thanks for this.
     
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    The Truth About the “Amazon’s Choice” Badge, Which Should Not Be Trusted
    The Wall Street Journal does not think it means what you think it means
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    https://www.insidehook.com/daily_brief/news-opinion/why-not-to-rely-on-amazons-choice-badge
    The Wall Street Journal: ‘Amazon’s Choice’ Isn’t the Endorsement It Appears [paywalled]
     
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    Sellers Buy Fake Reviews To Survive Fierce Competition On Amazon
    Amazon, Zomato, Flipkart have been working on deleting fake reviews using ML algorithms
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    https://inc42.com/buzz/sellers-buy-fake-reviews-to-survive-fierce-competition-on-amazon/
     
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