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Woman Leaves 1 Star Review For Nail Powder Received From Chinese Company, They Try To Harass Her Into Changing It
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Woman Leaves 1 Star Review For Nail Powder Received From Chinese Company, They Try To Harass Her Into Changing It

In the vast marketplace that is Amazon we have endless options, so how do we decide what to product beat out the rest? – reviews. Research proves that 65% of Americans trust online reviews, and 82% of American adults check product reviews before they make a purchase. This “review process”, however, is not very extensive, the reports show stars sway people over what it says in the comments.

Guided by stars, companies are doing whatever it takes to collect the coveted five-stars from reviewers, developing a simple strategy of offering free samples or refunds in exchange for ratings. Most of these companies are located in Chinese manufacturing hubs where large Amazon shipments are fulfilled, but quantity does not equal quality. Someone on the Reddit group Choosing Beggers shared their experience with one of these Chinese companies on the hunt for ratings and things took a turn when they did not deliver the stars.

Someone shared an honest review on Amazon of this Chinese nail company and things escalated when they asked her to change it

Image credits: Sweet_Tangerine50

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Someone on Reddit shared their experience with the fake review scam process on Amazon. According to the screenshots, the company had sent the woman a free sample of their nail product in exchange for a 5-star review. In the first message, they gave her instructions not to use the words “free” or “samples,” write a comment that was not too short and includes images.

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Unfortunately, for them, they did not realize they had come into contact with a very honest reviewer. She gave the company one star because it did not match their claims that it was “easy to remove” and she spent over an hour trying to remove it. After she finally got it off she found it had peeled her natural nails off and ruined her cuticles.

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In response to the brutal review, the company clarified their original request for “five or four stars” and asked she change the comment. Despite their polite attempt, the reviewer stuck to her original review and said that she was not interested in falsifying reviews.

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Under U.S federal law, exchanging free products or payments for a good review – or incentivized reviews – are illegal. Amazon banned the process back in 2016. Mary Engel, Associate Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Advertising Practices, told the Hustle, “If a reviewer has received something of value in exchange for their opinion, they need to clearly disclose that in the review.” But these companies have found loopholes.

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The company responded that the reviewer should have communicated with them before posting the review and that they would not be cooperating with her further. Unphased, she did update her review but not exactly in the way they had requested.

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She added to the end of her review she exposed the company for their review scheme and explained they no longer wished to work with her because she wouldn’t play along. Thus far Amazon has sued more than 1,000 third-party fake review sites.

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A recent analysis by the data company ReviewMeta found that just in March of 2019, Amazon was hit with over 2 million unverified reviews (reviews that couldn’t be confirmed as purchases made through Amazon) — 99.6% of these had 5 stars.

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Other people shared their similar experiences with other Chinese companies

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THE ULTIMATE PUGTATO >_<
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Isn’t this like a type of cyber harrasment if they ask you mutiple times to change your review and bribe you with a refund

Lil Bare
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

LOL "change reviews"? HOW is this even a thing??! I ve been online for 12min--thats enough internet for me today. (Nail powder? What?)

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Bunzilla
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I actually read reviews very carefully, not just the 'star' rating. I look at the best reviews, and the worst. If the worst ones are something I can live with, I order the product. It's also important to look at the other reviews, since sometimes there will be very obviously fake 'reviews' there. I stay well away from them when they do this, as it means they're not an honest company. There are also times when you get someone who hates the product, but have a 5-star review, and visa-versa, and it's clear that the person doesn't know how the star review system actually works.

Cassie
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am so frustrated trying to find certain things on various sites, particularly electronics because the products are so inundated with fake reviews. It's not too hard to weed them out on Amazon because some of those products have thousands of reviews but not a one of them is a verified purchase or most of them appeared on the same day or, many times, if you really read the reviews, you find that they're not even for the product you are looking at. Amazon needs some sort of algorithm that automatically deletes this junk so we don't have to spend hours trying to find legitimate products.

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Foxxy
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have had this a couple of times but with eBay. I never change my reviews though, don’t care how much they ask.

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THE ULTIMATE PUGTATO >_<
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Isn’t this like a type of cyber harrasment if they ask you mutiple times to change your review and bribe you with a refund

Lil Bare
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

LOL "change reviews"? HOW is this even a thing??! I ve been online for 12min--thats enough internet for me today. (Nail powder? What?)

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Bunzilla
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I actually read reviews very carefully, not just the 'star' rating. I look at the best reviews, and the worst. If the worst ones are something I can live with, I order the product. It's also important to look at the other reviews, since sometimes there will be very obviously fake 'reviews' there. I stay well away from them when they do this, as it means they're not an honest company. There are also times when you get someone who hates the product, but have a 5-star review, and visa-versa, and it's clear that the person doesn't know how the star review system actually works.

Cassie
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am so frustrated trying to find certain things on various sites, particularly electronics because the products are so inundated with fake reviews. It's not too hard to weed them out on Amazon because some of those products have thousands of reviews but not a one of them is a verified purchase or most of them appeared on the same day or, many times, if you really read the reviews, you find that they're not even for the product you are looking at. Amazon needs some sort of algorithm that automatically deletes this junk so we don't have to spend hours trying to find legitimate products.

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Foxxy
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have had this a couple of times but with eBay. I never change my reviews though, don’t care how much they ask.

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