Pay for Reviews

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Louisa Rettler Louisa Rettler 09/03/2017 12:03
I would like EVERYONE to know that these businesses asking to reimburse you for ordering their products is against Amazon rules and your account will be removed if you get caught. Amazon lets businesses provide a coupon & get discounted products for reviews and you can review 5 a week. When they offer you a Paypal - that is going around their rules. And also that moves it to a verified purchase and not a review purchase which is against Amazon TOS too. I think Giveaway Services should suspend these accounts for breaking Amazon's rules and jeopardizing our accounts. This is not cool.
Paul Blum Paul Blum 09/03/2017 23:12
Hi Lousia, that kind if business is forbidden on our website, as well as on Amazon website, and it can lead into account suspension for the brand, and on Amazon consequences are much higher. We would appreciate if you could click on report message whenever a brand sends you that kind of an offer.
Young Kim Young Kim 10/24/2017 13:54
I see offering free / discounted products for Amazon review is also part of Giveaway service. Isn't that also against Amazon policy? what is difference between Amazon review offer by Giveaway and business asking to reimburse ordering their products? Just looking for clarification.
Louisa Rettler Louisa Rettler 10/24/2017 14:25
Also, it is not mandatory to leave a review, that is Amazon's policy. Businesses looking to reimburse is posting as a VERIFIED purchase, not a discounted one. There are differences on reviews. You can contact Amazon yourself if you would like. It's called ethics.
Paul Blum Paul Blum 10/24/2017 23:26
Reimbursement is against Amazon policy, and also is not welcomed on our website as well. We are trying to stop all kinds of reimbursements, since it can hurt authors, and our service as well. Leaving a review for a discounted product is not against Amazon TOS, you can leave a review on Amazon even if you did not purchase the item on Amazon. But leaving a review on Amazon has to be willingly, and that is why on our website Amazon tasks are not required, you do not have to do them if you do not want to.
Eneyda Morris Eneyda Morris 12/12/2017 14:11
Please be aware that this is still happening. I was just offered a “good faith payment” to purchase and review a product. I did not reply to seller and I have reported the message to your company.
Louisa Rettler Louisa Rettler 12/12/2017 14:34
It continues to happen because the sites allow them to get away with it. If they banned the seller outright and reported their IP to Amazon, it would stop real quick. But like any site, they are getting paid to allow them to advertise here so they don't take it too seriously.
Eneyda Morris Eneyda Morris 12/12/2017 18:39
I agree. But like you I’m not about about to jeopardize my Amazon account for these sellers. We can directly report the seller to Amazon, if we wanted to.
Louisa Rettler Louisa Rettler 12/12/2017 19:05
Exactly! And have reported.
Paul Blum Paul Blum 12/13/2017 23:00
Hi, we have missed the one with good faith payment, but we are taking necessary steps against others. We do not support any kind of scams against Amazon, since it can hurt our authors.
Erica Ackley Erica Ackley 04/20/2018 15:29
I just had someone do this for the ergonomical mouse. He also asked for me to join his personal Facebook site. I'm new and even I knew it was fishy. Nope!
Paul Blum Paul Blum 04/21/2018 12:13
Hi Erica, thank you for your notification, we will take further steps.
Laurie Vedmar Laurie Vedmar 04/26/2018 19:31
I also was asked to pay thru PayPal and get reimbursed for a keyboard. I'm glad I checked.
Andre Bertheola Andre Bertheola 07/26/2018 11:48
We need more Items. :-D there are far too few to apply for and all the rest are "expired"
Paul Blum Paul Blum 07/26/2018 21:27
Hi Andre, we would like to have more active promotions as well. Our site grows a bit every days, and the number of active promotions increase day by day.
Jamie George Jamie George 09/20/2018 12:17
I have been asked by the same business TWICE to purchase and reimburse me. I’m reporting the messages now.
Tammy White Tammy White 10/12/2018 12:32
I have been asked lots of times to pay for the item and they will reimburse me via PayPal. I always explain to them it is against Amazon and GiveAway rules and they act dumb, like I need to explain why it's against rules. Some even try to explain to me that I am wrong. So tired of this! Then they will say they will try and figure another way to offer product, what happened to the RIGHT way, I ask.
Louisa Rettler Louisa Rettler 10/12/2018 12:47
I gave up on this site. There are so many great ones out there that are legit. One seller, Pink Queen, would not agree to approve me unless I gave her good feedback and promised not to send the item back? Laughable. Who is in fault here is the runners of this site for not caring. Just taking money and letting sellers run wild.
Paul Blum Paul Blum 10/15/2018 01:40
Hi, thank you for your notification, Pink Queen has been warned last week for asking ice reviews and nice feedbacks, and we will take further steps know.
Jamie George Jamie George 10/15/2018 01:43
East Lander-el just asked me to pay for a free item and they will reimburse through paypal once completed..
Jamie George Jamie George 10/16/2018 09:35
East Lander-El is promising to pay me more than the cost of the item if I pay first ( item is listed for free) and then have them refund me through PayPal.. I’ve repeatedly told them no
Paul Blum Paul Blum 10/16/2018 23:09
Hi, thank you we will look into it.
Paul Blum Paul Blum 10/18/2018 23:29
Hi, Pink Queen, East Lander and their third account Wu Fan has been closed now.
Jamie George Jamie George 06/15/2019 23:00
Three more businesses have approved me for their product and then asked for me to pay for item ( listed for free) and they will reimburse me via PayPal. I told all 3 that it was against policy. Evan Eric C. Peterson HopeTiger
Paul Blum Paul Blum 06/16/2019 22:56
Hi Jamie, we will investigate it further. Thank you.
Louisa Rettler Louisa Rettler 06/17/2019 06:26
You know I haven't been on this site because I was so TIRED of all the scams. What do you know.... apply and first thing get a scam message from Bams Sport LLC. There are better sites out there folks that don't scam you. This is such bad behavior not controlled on this site.
Paul Blum Paul Blum 06/17/2019 22:49
Hi, sorry to hear that, what is the issue with Bam Sport?
Louisa Rettler Louisa Rettler 06/19/2019 12:04
Emailing me telling me how to leave a review and that it is a must. I have reviewed for over 9 years. I know how it goes. You apply for a product, you're approved and it is sent. The site has you leave a review, etc. It is not up to the seller to put conditions on the reviewer. Bad business.
Tammy White Tammy White 06/19/2019 14:31
I too have had this problem with many of the companies. I inform them it is against Amazon and GiveAway po!icies, they continue to ask. They want us to pay full price and reimbursed us through PayPal. Even stating the reason as being for the review to show up as a "verified purchase".
Louisa Rettler Louisa Rettler 06/20/2019 19:52
Look, another one! I am starting to report these to Amazon. You need to get control of your site! Premise of participation: 1. Need full price to buy the item and no discount codes are provided. 2. Need your Paypal account to refund for you. 3. Return half of the payment after providing the order number and half of the payment after leaving reviews. 4.Paypal service fee will be paid by us. There are a limited number of items,If you are interested, Please contact us. HURRY UP! This is my private email: katrina0729
Paul Blum Paul Blum 06/20/2019 23:05
Hi, Katrina has been warned earlier about her messages. Her account has been closed now.
Jamie George Jamie George 07/03/2019 19:50
Eric C. Peterson is offering free products and then asks for purchase for review then reimburse.
Paul Blum Paul Blum 07/03/2019 22:07
Thank you for your notification, we will take further steps.

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