This article is talking about fake reviews, people brought the product, left a five stars reviews, then vendor gave them money back over PayPal.mindabsence wrote: ↑ Unfortunately, those gift cards are not allowed under Amazon T&C in exchange for reviews and that's exactly what caused a bunch of big sellers to just be taken off Amazon the other week. I believe that offering money/gift cards for reviews also enters into legal territory in some countries as bribes unless it's fully disclosed that there's an exchange happening within the review (and Amazon has a rule that you can't do reviews in exchange for anything, so it's a viscous cycle of T&C and legal violations depending what side you're on).
So what happened the other week was a huge database full of these vendors and the people on Amazon who takes their "incentives" leaked. Amazon seems to have analyzed who the biggest offenders were as far as sellers and banned them. It's still unknown if Amazon will do anything against the users in the database, but I'd imagine users who exceed a threshold of bribe reviews might have some action based on what Amazon has done in previous years when they do a blitz against fake reviews. I'd say it's safe to assume that anyone who has done this with any of the companies in the data leak are probably now known to Amazon.
Here's the long form article - it's a long and detailed read, but extremely informative: https://www.safetydetectives.com/blog/a ... ak-report/
Also, I know some companies exchange gift card for “5 stars review”. These should considerate bribed reviews.
Never read the T&C between Amazon and it’s vendors. If Amazon doesn’t allow paid reviews, their vendors shouldn’t do it.
But Taotronics just paid you to leave a review, no matter 1 or 5 stars. Then it is a totally different story, I don’t really see any ethics issue. And maybe that is why Amazon didn’t ban Taotronics.
I brought Aukey and Mpow’s products before, but never get invited to leave a good review.