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    Re: Amazon perma-bans 600 Chinese brands for review fraud

    Funny because Amazon uk banned me from reviewing products for around a month after I left a review, including a photo, of a Chinese company which included a product card in the box which would refund in full what I paid if I only just left them a 5 star review.
    After a back and forth with Amazon customer support, and only after getting a CS rep from the UK, they finally lifted my review ban.
    You're apparently, according to them, not allowed expose products or companies in public for manipulation of reviews and bribery.
    Yeah...

    The product and the company are still operating on Amazon UK. The product was just a shower head, massive number of 5 star reviews for it, I gave it one star, that's what it was worth, if even, it was totally useless.

    Never ever ever trust reviews on Amazon.

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    Re: Amazon perma-bans 600 Chinese brands for review fraud

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    Re: Amazon perma-bans 600 Chinese brands for review fraud

    honestly they should just ban all these chinese sellers

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    Re: Amazon perma-bans 600 Chinese brands for review fraud

    Quote Originally Posted by will19565 View Post
    honestly they should just ban all these chinese sellers
    Why would/should they do that?

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    Re: Amazon perma-bans 600 Chinese brands for review fraud

    Quote Originally Posted by will19565 View Post
    honestly they should just ban all these chinese sellers
    Is it because they're Chinese? Because we have a word for doing things because of where people are from...

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    Re: Amazon perma-bans 600 Chinese brands for review fraud

    I did report one of those "Cash back for review" cards when I bought something but it felt like it was very much ignored. Maybe they were just saving them up for this?

    Glad they finally did something, sometimes you want the cheap tat and I usually end up on eBay for that stuff these days. But yeah maybe the net was cast a bit wide. It's not like there will be a right to review the issue.

    Funny re then asking their own brand stuff, I guess it's the same in supermarkets. I guess it's just about trust and transparency (or lack of).

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    Re: Amazon perma-bans 600 Chinese brands for review fraud

    600? Lol.

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    Re: Amazon perma-bans 600 Chinese brands for review fraud

    I have access to a site that basically gives you free stuff from Amazon in exchange for reviews. They covered an absolute plethora of "brands" that were likely relabels of each other to attempt to float under the radar.

    Just checked this morning and it's basically dead - normally there are bucketloads of products available to order, but today virtually nothing. And half of those are going to dead links.

    I think @jimbouk is correct - Amazon have known about this for a while but have been biding their time.

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    Re: Amazon perma-bans 600 Chinese brands for review fraud

    Good stuff tbh, albeit very late....send this lot back to ebay where they belong!

    There is no question that you can, on occasion, get some decent products from these resellers - power banks are typically find, most of the cables etc...but the vast majority is cheap tat with poor copy cat products.

    I don't expect amazon to simply stop selling products from Chinese resellers - but I do hope this is the start of them trying to instil some form of quality checking and control over their marketplace system. It's been wide open to abuse for years (and still is, despite this recent crackdown) and is damaging for their brand.
    They probably won't though, they still make a LOT of profit from marketplace, and thats despite it being a cheaper platform to sell on than ebay at the moment.
    Last edited by Spud1; 21-09-2021 at 05:05 PM.

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    Re: Amazon perma-bans 600 Chinese brands for review fraud

    Right well had another look there on Amazon and that shower head is still for sale, majority of reviews are 5 star.
    The same company offering refunds for 5 star reviews.
    Bought back in January 2019.
    Still there operating in September 2021, same item.
    Still gaming the reviews.

    Now look at the price of all the Amazon branded "umi" etc., items which have replaced the other brands they banned recently, all the bluetooth headphones, buds etc., huge price increases compared to Mpow and the others banned.

    Something seems fairly fishy here.

    I'm all for banning those gaming the review system, absolutely, but it should be across the board, not selectively banning brands competing with Amazon's brands.

    Maybe if Amazon made their own showerheads they might consider banning the others who are gaming their review system.

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    Re: Amazon perma-bans 600 Chinese brands for review fraud

    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen999 View Post
    If Chna, as a state, wants to avoid a very unwholesome future reputation for ethics.
    Err...I think that ship sailed long before Tiananmen Square...

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