Top Reviewers On Amazon Get Tons Of Free Stuff
You’re on Amazon.com. You’re buying, say, a toaster, and you’re checking out the customer reviews. You assume the people writing these reviews are people like you — people who wanted a toaster, went online and bought one. As it turns out, a lot of reviews on Amazon are written by people who are nothing like you. They’re written by elite reviewers who are sent free merchandise to review products. In other words, it’s possible that the guy reviewing that toaster you’re looking at wasn’t in the market for a toaster to begin with and didn’t pay a cent for it.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Amazon also fuels competition among reviewers by making their rankings public. And top reviewers do get a lot of free stuff.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
When their ranking depends on the kind of review they give, do you really think you’re going to get anything resembling an honest review?
This is where I remind everyone to go read my FTC Disclosure.
And to further remind everyone that there are vendors who have enough confidence in their products to risk showing them to me — so far, the only one has been Asus.
There’s been a raging battle the past few weeks in a Chinese forum accusing CPU maker Actions of modifying its platform version of Android to fraudulently report its AnTuTu score.
Today those multiple forum threads reached the level of news with a post at 1Pad. At post time, Google Translate would not render the page into English, so here’s the original Chinese.
Same-day update: Nope. Not true. Poor wording in Google’s spam emails to me. See end of post for clarification.
I got this email out of the blue today:
Click = big
What the hell?
I didn’t create any damned post on Google+.
Filed under Fraud, Google
The forum astroturfing has begun for the Onda V819 Mini [Google English].
In the midst of a bunch of beauty shots (nothing to see, really), they try to pull this:
There is no way in hell that an AllWinner A31s CPU running at 1GHz can ever honestly score that. It’s honestly in the 11,000-12,000 range.
And they’re called on it in the forum too:
Side that ran sub unimportant, while scores of fraud
He’s calling it fraudulent, as am I.
I don’t know what Onda hopes to accomplish with this. But they’re damaging their credibility.
There’s an English-language review of the Allfine Fine11 tablet.
This is a Rockchip 3188-based tablet with 2GBs of RAM, 32GBS of storage, and a large 1366 x 768 11.6-inch screen that claims to be IPS.
But an IPS screen just doesn’t do this:
This is why user reviews matter before buying. People would otherwise believe the manufacturer’s claim and wind up being suckered out of their money.
The PDF of Judge Cote’s ruling [direct PDF link] is filled with comedy gold. You really couldn’t make this stuff up.
1) They let Eddy Cue set the deadline
2) They bought Cue’s “once-in-a-lifetime” schtick
3) They let Apple set price caps
4) They let Apple back them into a corner with MFN
5) They all wound up collapsing like cards and settling
Did any of them ever stop to think?
They fought to the end.
I really thought they would settle.
Will they appeal?
New York Times Blogger Demanded Travel and Expenses from Companies
A blogger for The New York Times has been requesting thousands of dollars in “expenses” and travel airfare from a public relations firm trying to get its clients covered in the Times, according to emails obtained by Gawker.
He claims he was seeking big bucks for his consulting gig and that it’s all a mistake.
Why the hell is the New York Time even employing someone with a sideline?
He should be dropped as soon as possible. Period.
And to remind everyone: FTC Disclosure
Previously: Astroturfing, China-Style
And today it was all confirmed.
Google English: [Chi] magic of the horizon-speed pad mini double joy
That post is advertorial graft that also confirms my allegation that certain forum posts at IMP3Net are manufacturer astroturfing.
Google English: [Review / disassemble] [Review] HKC Q79 explore with one hand sense of freedom – HKC Q79 (QUEST) Unpacking Comment
I had marveled at other forums posts like that. Today, with this post, it dawned on me these posts are astroturfing.
This one is so damn blatant. No regular user would do a stylish background like this for an unboxing post:
That is so obviously staged. And the rest of the photos are so damn good, it’s clearly the work of a professional photographer. So the text has to be from a professional copywriter too.
AnTuTu score fraud, advertorial corruption, and now astroturfing. China is a snake pit of underhanded dealings. No wonder their own tablets don’t sell well domestically!