Our friendly competitor Snagshout (who we just happen to be much cheaper than
) just sent out this message out to their list yesterday.
It has come to our attention that Amazon has not allowed some shoppers to post reviews for products they have received for free. These incidents are isolated but we wanted to make you aware, and that Amazon’s guidelines for reviewers have not changed. Offering products at discounted rates or free is still acceptable in exchange for a review--only if the shopper discloses they received the product for free or at a discount.
You will still be able to list products on Snagshout for any price but you will now receive an alert if you list a product for under $1.00. We are still researching this issue and are working with contacts at Amazon to understand their plans. We know Amazon’s engineering team has been tweaking its bots that look for paid, and fake reviews--which are against Amazon’s terms of service. We believe Amazon’s bots are incorrectly identifying legitimate shoppers as paid reviewers. We recommend you price your products at $1.00 or more to ensure the highest rate of reviews. We appreciate your help in making Snagshout the premier platform to launch and build a brand on Amazon.com
We have not
noticed any of this yet at AMZ Tracker
, but the good people at Snagshout are smart dudes and I'm fairly confident that they wouldn't send this out to their list without a reason.
So FYI, you may want to make your review pricing at least over $1 going forward. Or maybe not, up to you. This is just a fair warning giving the info out there as we get it. Personally I always make them just a tiny bit over $1 to be safe, but I still see some highly competitive products giving away free products like crazy and getting good results. Worst case scenario is you would still get the keywords/algorithm boost, but maybe not the review (which we all want).