On October 3rd, 2016 Amazon.com changed its Community Guidelines to no longer allow reviews in exchange for discounted or free items. What they are doing instead is focusing on their own Amazon Vine Program. A program where Amazon chooses who to add as a ‘reviewer’ and then chooses the product for the Reviewer. Amazon is in total control.
This change creates a huge monopoly in product reviewing and allows Amazon to instead force reviews on items they can garner higher profit margins from. In addition, it effectively shuts down third-party websites that helped put sellers in contact with people able to write reviews of their products.
This is literally killing commercial sales from sellers not bowing down to paying huge profits percentages to Amazon. The little guys get kicked to the curb. There is one seller that lost over $20,000 today alone with this decision.
Not just reviewers, but non reviewers alike need to try to get this overturned. Amazon was worried about biased reviews…and what they have created is a monopolized small interest group of reviewers that benefits Amazon. You can do something to try to change this decision…and put it back to the way it was.
Reviewers are real people, putting their HOURS of time in to write credible and helpful reviews on a huge range of products. Reviewers and Sellers need this new TOS to be overturned to be fair…for both the consumer and the small business owner.
Petition site here – https://www.change.org/p/petition-amazon-to-allow-incentivised-reviews-and-3rd-party-review-sites?recruiter=45575529&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink