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The rise of fake Amazon reviews and how to spot them
Yahoo ^ | Aug 3, 2018 | David Pogue

Posted on 08/05/2018 4:25:29 PM PDT by Leaning Right

Customer reviews were supposed to be one of the internet’s greatest breakthroughs. They let you know if a product was any good before you spent money on it. Sites like Amazon, Yelp, TripAdvisor, Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb built their successes on the trust created by those review systems.

But these days, that trust is getting shaky.

*snip*

“I would estimate right now, across all categories, around 30% are fake reviews,” Khalifah says. “Of the Chinese no-name companies, I’d say 95% of them are fake reviews.”

(Excerpt) Read more at yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: amazon; fakereviews; reviews
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The article lists a few ways to spot a fake book reviewer. One technique is to see if the book was written by Hillary Clinton. Any rating over one star was probably done by a bot. (Just kidding.)
1 posted on 08/05/2018 4:25:29 PM PDT by Leaning Right
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To: Leaning Right

Political books by prominent conservatives or liberals are the “fake reviews” that are easiest to spot. Especially when the reviews are pouring in yet the book hasn’t even been released.


2 posted on 08/05/2018 4:36:39 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Maxine Waters for House Minority Leader!!)
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To: Leaning Right

even worse are fake movie reviews ... there are so many trolls being paid to fake movie reviews that sites like rottentomatoes and imdb are nearly worthless for user reviews of contemporary movies ... of course, it’s not THAT serious of a problem since there’s not one in ten-thousand new hollywood movies worth seeing ... they’re pretty much all complete dreck, most being complete leftist propaganda dreck ...


3 posted on 08/05/2018 4:39:27 PM PDT by catnipman ((Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!))
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To: Leaning Right
The greatest reviews ever - sugar free gummy bear reviews on Amazon.
4 posted on 08/05/2018 4:39:57 PM PDT by DoodleBob
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And don’t forget the banana slicer reviews. Don’t be drinking while you read them.

https://www.amazon.com/Hutzler-571-Banana-Slicer/dp/B0047E0EII/ref=sr_1_4?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1533512471&sr=1-4&keywords=Banana+slicer&dpID=31VTJj4VuVL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch


5 posted on 08/05/2018 4:42:56 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: DoodleBob

And who can forget the Tuscan milk reviews.

I love humanity when I read some of these.

https://www.amazon.com/Tuscan-Dairy-Whole-Vitamin-Gallon/product-reviews/B00032G1S0


6 posted on 08/05/2018 4:44:11 PM PDT by Yaelle
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And a very good reminder to men. A review to save men and their equipment much agony.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R231U4ZG0YDNHD?tag=buzz0c-21&ascsubtag=3198433%2C3%2C16%2Cmobile_web%2C0%2C0


7 posted on 08/05/2018 4:47:21 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Leaning Right

Fakespot.com is useful for spotting fake Amazon and Yelp reviews.


8 posted on 08/05/2018 4:48:37 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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And they have sadly stopped making the “Bic - For Her” ballpoint pen. Which is a shame for how much the pen did for women, as seen in these reviews.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/BIC-Her-Medium-Ballpoint-Pen/dp/B004FTGJUW/ref=cm_cr_othr_d_product_top?ie=UTF8


9 posted on 08/05/2018 4:49:01 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: DoodleBob

I was going to post this myself.

Hilarious!

Mark


10 posted on 08/05/2018 4:49:22 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: DoodleBob

LOL! I can’t believe they still sell those gummi bears.


11 posted on 08/05/2018 4:50:35 PM PDT by dragonblustar (I love reading Trump tweets in the morning.)
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To: Yaelle

Those banana slicer reviews are hilarious! Even the Question and Answer section is full of wit.

As an aside, it’s a shame that Amazon has since tightened up their guidelines. Because unfettered reviews of Hilary’s books would be comic gold.


12 posted on 08/05/2018 4:51:35 PM PDT by Leaning Right (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
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Also "Reputation Firms" are out there paying trolls to minimize bad reviews or do bad ones on rivals.

I think the FBI hired one for their Facebook page because they are being deleted fast however - I don't think they can keep up. Too many 1,000s of people openly deriding the FBI.
13 posted on 08/05/2018 4:52:12 PM PDT by \/\/ayne (I regret that I have but one subscription cancellation notice to give to my local newspaper.)
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Laura Calder had one in an epi of French Food at Home.

The show ended with her taking her collection of little-used kitchen gadgets out to the stoop in a box marked "FREE".

I think she also attempted to use a whipped cream bottle, but didn't seal it right and it made a mess.

(Probably a good thing, since that fitness chick got killed a few years later charging one. Known defect, iirc.)

Dang. Now I'm going to have to look up the comments on the hot dog slicer to make "people".

14 posted on 08/05/2018 4:53:33 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: catnipman

Even worse are the short-sellers flooding the blogs.


15 posted on 08/05/2018 4:58:02 PM PDT by TexasGator (Z1)
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To: catnipman

Especially all those movies that have gay themes or characters. They always seem to be rated 7 stars or higher yet lose money at the box office. Total crap.


16 posted on 08/05/2018 5:06:00 PM PDT by Flavious_Maximus
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To: Leaning Right

Here is my review of the Amazon.

It is a big river.

I swam the entire length of it.

Upstream.

I fought off numerous attacks by hippos and Polar Bears and kids selling cleaning products.

It starts somewhere in the Alps and empties into Connecticut like a bunch of blue haired ladies getting out of a bus from New York City to gamble.

Many people wonder if it is polluted.

It is.

Brown water everywhere you look.

You have to boil the water from the river for 18 Days before you can drink it.

Even then, it still tastes like paint thinner.

Paint thinner mixed with Minestrone soup.

Don’t ask me how I know what that tastes like.

It was a painting mishap at lunch time.


17 posted on 08/05/2018 5:11:17 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Leaning Right

I thought the fake but accurate reviews on that stupid book “written” by Hillary and her clown running mate were hilarious and most entertaining.


18 posted on 08/05/2018 5:21:58 PM PDT by No-Sparkle Pony
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To: Leaning Right

I saw five stars on a product from ten different people - on the same day (Amazon).


19 posted on 08/05/2018 5:25:25 PM PDT by SkyDancer ( ~ Just Consider Me A Random Fact Generator ~ Eat Sleep Fly Repeat ~)
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Re: 5

Thanks! The banana slicer reviews were hilarious.

20 posted on 08/05/2018 5:27:48 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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