When is a review, a true review?

Last Update: August 19, 2020

Did you know that there are people that get paid to give fake 5 star ratings on products they review? So once they have 5 stared it, they can have the product for free!

So what's true anymore, how do we overcome this? can we sieve out the good from the bad?

This has been discovered on platforms like, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter etc! although they will nip it in the bud, once they have been exposed.

Sometimes if it's too good to believe, then take heed! I got bitten, by believing loads of 5 star ratings over a product and got scammed badly!

Question is, where does that leave us, if we don't purchase a product, but rely on buyers reviews to give feedback on items or products relating to our niche, could this be in turn jepordising our own busness with fake reviews?

What's the answer? that we give an honest review, decent feedback and not to rate anything too high, because you want to be as genuine as possible?

At the end of the day, we all want to gain our customers 'TRUST' in us, but consider this if items become faulty or the standards are quite poor, after they have been purchased through our niche, we would loose faith and get badly rated!

So what's the answer? I'd like to know what anyones take is on this.

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LMH1968 Premium Plus
Thank you very much for sharing
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Linda103 Premium
Amazon refuse bad reviews. I was asked for a review on a item that was late arriving, was posted later than stated.
So I said I had no idea what it was like because it was late arriving and if it was much later it would be refused.
Also said I wasn't happy that the seller hadn't bothered to keep me informed.
The review was refused so what is the point. It was honest.
I have also been offered the "opportunity" to buy things then give a good review to get a refund.
Again not honest at all and those are forwarded to Amazons fraud department.
I bought a chld's cup that was wrongly marked as safe in the microwave but the makers leaflet had warning against putting it in the microwave.
I informed Amazon 3 times and its still there.
I now look at blog reviews for items but will check several and ask around. Time consuming but safer.
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Julia39 Premium
Wow great to know you have a good conscience, we need a lot more people like you Linda.
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Linda103 Premium
I just don't like injustice or frauds, both harm people. I have children and grandchildren and would not like them to be conned.
I always think its better to speak out not just for my sake but for those who don't like to.
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Julia39 Premium
Good for you Linda, that's the spirit!!! I am glad we are in the same team!
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lhall1966 Premium
Good point! I've often wondered about websites that only provide readers with the "good" reviews.

Lisa
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Julia39 Premium
That's where you have to be suspicious Lisa, thanks for dropping by your point.
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anand1209 Premium
Very good point . I would research the product thoroughly specifically on complaints sites such as BBB (I can only think of that from jays training - will appreciate if anyone knows any other complaints site in the UK).
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Julia39 Premium
Thanks for bringing that up anand, I'd like to know too.
Appreciate feedback.
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JeffreyBrown Premium
This is the first I have heard of such a thing--thanks for bringing it to my attention! It is WRONG, if true, and I have no doubt that things like this go on!

Jeff
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Julia39 Premium
Yeah, Jeffrey it was presented on telly the other day and the alarm bells went off, as I got caught in this! Just don't always believe it, if it's too good to be true! Check out these people who do the reviews they may be around quite a bit doing these fake reviews.

If I reviewed something, I would give my honest opinion, rate it and compare it and would flag it up if it were a No no product and dangerous to kids, I would follow Linda's example as she mentioned above.
Thanks for looking in.
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JeffreyBrown Premium
It really is a shameful and shady tactic!
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