I had this long, detailed post typed up all about reviewing on Amazon but with the recent changes to Amazon US, I feel it is becoming slightly irrelevant.
Amazon is a much loved marketplace for many. They have a review programme called Amazon Vine. In this post, I am not talking about their own review programme. I am going to write about the sellers on Amazon who offer their products to try out in exchange for a honest review.
Over the past 8 months, I have received many free or heavily discounted products from sellers, mainly via Amazon Review Trader. Sellers want you to review their products in a positive light, so other customers read your review and buy it. The big change is that Amazon US has recently banned any such reviews and the rest of the world are wondering when the rule will apply to them. For now, we are okay to do this.
I’ll give a example. A seller has a pair of earphones listed as free for review. Based on this, here are my tips:
With Amazon prime, you can receive products really quickly. However, I advise to wait 5 days before leaving a review. Use the week to test out the product well as opinions can change the more you use a product.
When leaving a review, try to write about everything you’d want to know about it if you were to purchase it at full price. You don’t need to go on and on and try to write 500 word reviews. Write as much as is needed.
Don’t be afraid to leave a honest review. If it is rubbish, say so, and give it 1, 2 or 3 stars. Many people are ‘worried’ they won’t be offered more products if they leave negative reviews. In my experience, this is not true. I have been approved for many more, despite leaving negative reviews. Some sellers insist on you changing it to 5 stars, but ignore them, even if they sell products you really want. There are many more stores that sell the same or similar. It is not worth working for a shady seller.
This is from experience, as I have reviewed all sorts of products. Things like cameras, bluetooth speakers, phones and smaller items like toys, household goods and more.
I would also recommend not reviewing things that cost more than £1. You will see the same items in the future for free, just be patient. I remember when I first started, I wanted bluetooth headphones and applied to review items that were over £7! Luckily I wasn’t approved and soon enough I was being offered free headphones left, right and centre that I ended up giving them away.
That leads me to my next point. At the beginning, I would request anything and everything and had a pile of rubbish things sat at home! Soon enough I realised, there is so much tat out there and I really didn’t want to encourage downvotes on my profile, so I became very selective in what I wanted to review. It’s worked out well for me.
Reviewing items from sellers has nothing to do with Amazon and there are many fake profiles giving fake reviews that Amazon are clamping down, to the extent the US site has been completely banned from reviewing items offered by sellers for free or discounted. Your profile could be deleted in a second and there is no chance you will get it back. That’s why it is better to take it slow and review a bit at a time, as if you were paying full price.
Leave photos for reviews, especially when in use. It helps others know you are reviewing it as a genuine customer.
Lastly, have fun with it. It does take time and effort to review items and with a big pile of stuff to review, it can become tiresome. The aim of the game is to request products you would buy, that are free or almost free, use it, then share your opinion with the rest of the world. It’s cool having neat gadgets around your home that would otherwise set you backs hundreds of pounds.
If you have any questions, let me know! I’ll be happy to answer them.