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Amazon deleting product reviews and banning?

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[OP]
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Aug 16, 2015
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Toronto

Amazon deleting product reviews and banning?

Anyone else have their reviews deleted and banned from reviewing products? Personally most of my reviews have been fair and concise. Not sure why they deleted my reviews and banned me. Happened to a top 50 reviewer as well. Anyone else affected? Kind of a grimy move by amazon to hush legit reviews.
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Dec 16, 2017
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ottawa
people need to stop thinking of the review system as a review system. It's a propaganda system designed to get you to buy buy buy. Vendors (some of them) spend tens of thousands of dollars A MONTH on product ads... you better believe amazon leaves their reviews alone.

As for your situation, who knows. Amazon does everything by algo. So there's a giant checklist and if you meet the criteria, for whatever reason, the computer system bans you. You'll never figure it out, so not much point worrying about it :)
[OP]
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Aug 16, 2015
119 posts
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Toronto
Sounds like my exact situation. I’ve only had issues with third party Chinese based companies. Almost too coincidental. They sent my case to a “ specialist “ as well so we will see what happens.

lcmt wrote:
Nov 11th, 2018 1:48 am
I Called Out a Counterfeit Item on Amazon. Then They Banned Me.
https://www.howtogeek.com/392608/i-call ... xOb1Miw_lA

Amazon looking into claims that employees delete bad reviews for cash
https://arstechnica.com/information-tec ... =823814-20
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Jul 24, 2009
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You normally will only get a ban without warning when you violate the review guidelines seriously such as getting pay to write reviews. If you only violate some minor rules, you normally will get some warnings before getting a ban. The warning includes that your reviews are being rejected at a high % rate. If there is no precursor warnings and you have done nothing to violates the rules, then you probably either being banned by the system accidentally or the Amazon staffs being paid to delete your review and mark your review(s) as fault which results in your account being banned by the system.
TheSandman1 wrote:
Nov 11th, 2018 3:01 am
Sounds like my exact situation. I’ve only had issues with third party Chinese based companies. Almost too coincidental. They sent my case to a “ specialist “ as well so we will see what happens.
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Aug 2, 2004
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East Gwillimbury
Why bother writing reviews? You’re hoping to get free products for reviews?

I personally don’t read reviews because they can’t be trusted. What I look for are the number of reviews. If there are a lot of reviews, then the product is worth buying. Sure there will be a lot of negative reviews, but how many are legitimate? Most are probably user error.

If the product was truly bad, it would be pulled because the cost of return shipping to Amazon would have destroyed all the profits. Amazon is not that stupid.

I only write reviews for truly exceptional products and I do it anonymously.
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Nov 7, 2018
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Homesimpson wrote:
Nov 11th, 2018 1:57 am
people need to stop thinking of the review system as a review system. It's a propaganda system designed to get you to buy buy buy. Vendors (some of them) spend tens of thousands of dollars A MONTH on product ads... you better believe amazon leaves their reviews alone.

As for your situation, who knows. Amazon does everything by algo. So there's a giant checklist and if you meet the criteria, for whatever reason, the computer system bans you. You'll never figure it out, so not much point worrying about it :)
I'm also willing to bet that many sellers on Amazon have created separate fake accounts to review their own products in order to fool people that their product is a 5-star rated product.
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Sep 1, 2005
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How long before someone somewhere decides to do a class action lawsuit for deception on the grounds that companies delete negative reviews on a regular routine basis and not doing the same on positive reviews.
We're all bozos on the bus until we find a way to express ourselves...

Failure is always an option...just not the preferred one!
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Jun 30, 2006
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You can't trust Amazon reviews.
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Dec 5, 2006
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Gee wrote:
Why bother writing reviews?

If there are a lot of reviews, then the product is worth buying
. .
These statements don’t get along.
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Aug 2, 2004
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smartie wrote:
Nov 11th, 2018 10:56 am
These statements don’t get along.
True.

What I meant to say is let everyone else rant. Unless something is exceptional, don’t waste your time writing a review. If you spend time reading reviews, 90% don’t really say anything.
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Dec 5, 2006
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Gee wrote: True.

What I meant to say is let everyone else rant. Unless something is exceptional, don’t waste your time writing a review. If you spend time reading reviews, 90% don’t really say anything.
Yes, Like those “book arrived on time, 5 stars “ lol
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Dec 28, 2007
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I wrote a legit review last year and Amazon deleted it. So now I don't bother to write any.
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gr8dlr wrote:
Nov 11th, 2018 10:31 am
How long before someone somewhere decides to do a class action lawsuit for deception on the grounds that companies delete negative reviews on a regular routine basis and not doing the same on positive reviews.
No lawyer would waste time on such a lawsuit which probably has no basis in law and no hope of winning anything. And incidentally Amazon deletes positive reviews all the time.

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