No, your Amazon Reviewing career is NOT over.

So on October 3 2016, Amazon changed their review policy to say you can no longer review an item you got for free in exchange for a review. They call this "incentivized reviews." I'm a member of about 15 review clubs (see my Free page) and 21 Facebook groups. Suffice to say, my news feed was full of panicked and pissed off reviewers.



I have 4 things to say about this.

1. Amazon can do what they want. And you can also do what you want. As a clever adult, it's your job to make sure those two things fit together. And trust me, they do.

2. You can still review items you get for free. You can no longer say "I got this item free in exchange for review." You do still have to disclose it was free. So how do you do it? What I like to say is "Someone gave this to me," or "I got this as a gift," etc. You're saying it's free, but it has nothing to do with your review (which it shouldn't anyway).

Here are a few screenshots to show you that I know what I'm talking about. These happened in some of my facebook groups:




3. There are lots of ways to review items outside of Amazon. You can start a facebook page. You can start a blog (and I have some  tips for new bloggers right here!). You can do youtube reviews/funny videos. You can do a pinterest board or an instagram or twitter post. And since you're doing that anyway, check out Tomoson. They have you post stuff all over the place, and when you get really good you can eventually earn money for tweets/instagram posts.



4. This actually makes your life WAY easier. Do you have that one item that you just don't have time to review, or that you just don't want to, or you don't have anything good OR bad to say about it? Or maybe the seller is harassing you? Guess what; you're no longer committed. Reviewing just got fun again! You do what you want, and nobody can make you do anything.

So please, calm the fuck down. And keep doing what you love.

29 comments :

  1. So many rules. Thanks for explaining this as I love review products!

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  2. Interesting points! great to know!

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  3. Awesome, thank you for explaining things. I love Amazon.

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  4. wow thank you for sharing this :)

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  5. I have news for you- Amazon accepts reviews from two sources only!
    1. Amazon vine program
    2. Full Priced Purchases
    It does not matter who told you that- it is not the first time that a customer service agent did not get the message
    I wrote to amazon about this issue and the response was clear- This is Amazon Vine program and where to learn more about it.
    They then gave me a link to the rules- clearly indicating- REVIEWS on free and discounted items from amazon are PROHIBITED! not discouraged. If you post content on free or discounted items your content will be caught with their new algorithm program and will disappear. If it does not and you keep reviewing- your account wil be taken away. You can read it yourself here. hey now prohobit incentivized reviews on free or discounted products. https://www.amazon.com/…/www.amaz…/p/feature/abpto3jt7fhb5oc

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  6. Thank you for explain this to us. Really helpful!

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  7. I'm so glad I'm reading about this right now, thanks for sharing!

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  8. question if I post a review on a facebook page with the product link from Amazon, will they say anything about my review since its not on their page? Like because I have used their link, does that involve them again in some way?

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  9. Well, this is really sad to stop some incentives for a review. But I agree with you there many ways to do it creatively :)

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  10. Thank you for sharing this important information with us.

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  11. It is always nice to hear other's side of the story and how they perceive the news. Thank you for sharing your take on the new review policy.

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  12. I was not surprised Amazon made this change. I am kinda waiting to see if they give more guidance going forward.

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  13. The people who survive in any business, adapt and change with the times. There is always a way.

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  14. Thanks for the update! I'm going to share this with my friends and business partners. This will be helpful for them going forward and giving them a great way to be creative with their reviews.

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  15. Hmmm thanks for the info! I review on amazoon and was a little worried!

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  16. Good job turning something that freaked a few out to something positive. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Oh, this is very interesting. I like your attitude there. I am so glad I knew about this.

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  18. Haha, I don't depend on this at all but I know many people did!

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  19. This is not true, I wrote a four page letter to amazon- they replied back saying two people can reivew: Full price buyers and VINE program. That is all.
    Most of these customer ervice people for amazon work from home around the world and don't understand the new rules.
    Social media is the only way to review.
    If you read the seller TOS they cannot use codes to let people buy free/discounted anymore- it is manipulation of the seller sale rank on products. NO more code use.
    Amazon wants to make money bottom line. All this free stuff flying out the doors is the issue. They are shipping and making not a dime on the product and have people to pay to so the shipping. So it over. Social Media reviews are ll they get from now on.

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    1. Sorry but it states clearly that sellers can still offer free or discounted products as long as there is no expectation of a review

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  20. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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  21. I never really reviewed on Amazon. I feel bad for those that did :(

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  22. There were so many changes made. Glad to hear their careers aren't over with amazon reviewing!

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  23. I used to review on Amazon but gave that up after a few months. I feel bad for those that this has affected.

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  24. Such an interesting post. Glad you share this

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  25. I never thought this disclaimer has an issue. This is something that needs to clarify. Thanks for sharing.

    Mhaan | www.mommyrockininstyle.com

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