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  • Click on user and see how many other reviews they have done. If the answer = 0 then you have your seller upping their ratings...

    /didn't need to read that
  • Amazon reviews went full retard long ago with everyone trying (most failing) to be witty and funny.
  • Fake CNET articles... nearly all of them..

    /Difficulty: 1

  • Bonus: Author's name is Dong


    What happened to my au-to-mo-beeeeeeeelll?
  • Englebert Slaptyback: Bonus: Author's name is Dong


    What happened to my au-to-mo-beeeeeeeelll?


    Some guy parked it at an International airport's parking lot. As we speak, the fines and late fees are creeping their way up to $105,000
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  • Eh, it's a legitimate concern. Reviews can be helpful, but like anything else on the Internet, they must be taken with a grain of salt. Not all 5-star reviews are useless, nor are 1-star reviews. The content of the review can make a difference...especially if it's a single sentence.
  • Is the answer, all of the comments?
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  • with companies like reputation.com openly advertising shill services to business, is it any wonder that shill reviews are becoming so widespread?

    also, *every* product sold on amazon.com with more than two reviews appears to have at least one shill user review in it. their appstore "free app of the day" reviews are as much a daily exercise in shill analysis as much as carefully thought out product analysis.
  • I assume all reviews are fake and don't read them.
  • abhorrent1: Amazon reviews went full retard long ago with everyone trying (most failing) to be witty and funny.


    I find this Fark comment to be certainly true. My daughter, she is well versed in the common vernacular of the youth on the street, even uttered with no promoting on my part that it is "full of win!" In these tough economic times, it is wonderful to find that there are still valuable comments such as this one to lift our spirits dater than two shakes of a squirrel's nuts.

    I would have given this comment five stars, but found the color to be slightly too mauve.
  • I don't know; I kind of enjoy abusing the authors of particularly stupid reviews, which are distributed throughout, but seem to be much more highly concentrated at the low end. Yesterday, someone rated a product one star because the post office "lost" it
  • eltejon: abhorrent1: Amazon reviews went full retard long ago with everyone trying (most failing) to be witty and funny.

    I find this Fark comment to be certainly true. My daughter, she is well versed in the common vernacular of the youth on the street, even uttered with no promoting on my part that it is "full of win!" In these tough economic times, it is wonderful to find that there are still valuable comments such as this one to lift our spirits dater than two shakes of a squirrel's nuts.

    I would have given this comment five stars, but found the color to be slightly too mauve.


    Don't quit your day job. We don't need another meow.
  • Just because the name is Dong doesn't mean it is fake. I work with a guy who's name is Dong.
  • meh... I tend to leave reviews of stuff that I've bought and I will tend to offer as much as I can to assist others, as I appreciate a decent review.

    I will point out the positives and the negatives, but it does happen that some products are extremely good, and other very bad, and I will leave a review in accordance to my experience.

    Some products I'll do a review after months of having it, some, after a few days, but may return and offer a second one after a fair amount of time, so that I can offer the perspective of a long term user.

    So according to this article, I'd quality as a possible "fake"? oy...

    Reviews should be taken with a grain of salt, and if you're reading them, odds are that you'll have some idea about the product and are looking for feedback that makes sense one way or another and "fakes" aren't the main concern.

    The reviews I hate are those that just leave "this is crap, don't buy" but no details or the details are very sketchy.

    It's no different from movie critics...
  • Not just amazon, you see this kind of schilling everywhere. No matter how bad a movie is, there will be at least a few cats on imdb saying "awesome movie" on opening weekend. I just assume they are employed by the studio
  • Oh, look! A professional "journalist" is being petty and trite in regards to the unpaid competition. How quaint.

    I won't go into the personal details, but I'm among the top reviewers on Amazon. I put actual thought and time into my reviews, and I don't sugar-coat them, I don't slander products to bend people to my point of view, and I don't play fanboy.

    I enjoy writing reviews. I take pride in most writing I do, whether it's the outrageous stuff here on FARK, or the more genuine stuff in my various other projects and hobbies.

    Mr. Ngo, the guy who wrote the article-- the one they take pains to point out is a professional reviewer-- is just plain wrong. His list is almost idiotic, and it's clear he's trying to puff himself up while putting down the people who don't have his title or profession when they're stepping into his territory. Here's my take on his "ways to spot fake reviews":

    Absolute singing of praises with no downsides; or a total dismissal of any good qualities
    Yes, I have given absolutely perfect reviews, because my job as a consumer reviewer is to tell people how the product works for me. Some products work perfectly for my needs. Some do not. I have given 100% negative reviews, and 100% positive reviews, and there was nothing fake about them.

    Reviewers' names
    I do not use my real name. Many of us do not. I have several reasons for this (not the least among them is that Amazon does get its share of crazies and I don't want them knowing who I am when I insult their favorite product.) We're not paid professionals, so we don't have to sign our real name to our Amazon account. The option to be anonymous is there, and so I use it, and no, it has absolutely no bearing on the legitimacy of my reviews. In fact, I'd argue the opposite: Because Mr. Ngo has to use his real name, he tends to be less trustworthy because he knows the effect his reviews will have on his career and the amount of swag he gets from companies providing him products to review.

    Review dates
    I can't really explain it here (NDA) but I do get some products prior to launch. I do get the opportunity to review them. I do get encouragement to post reviews about them prior to their release because the manufacturer wants there to be some reviews-- ANY reviews-- on the product page before the product starts shipping. It doesn't happen often, but reviews that predate a product's general availability do not necessarily indicate some level of trickery. And yes, I have trashed products before they even hit the ground.

    A single review per account
    I can only say that Amazon is full of people who aren't big on writing. They get one product that really pleases them or really pisses them off, and they write the only review they're ever going to write. It's not uncommon, and they aren't fakes most of the time.

    The tone of the review
    I have to quote him this time:
    The tone of the review is probably the most telling factor when assessing how real a review is. If you spot a review that reads like a press release or a commercial, offering information about features and extolling how superior the product is when compared with its competition, that review is most likely planted by the vendor.

    What can I say about this one? It's idiotic. Of course I offer information about features! Of course I extol the virtues of a product I particularly like! Of course I compare the product with its competition! Why? Because that's what people want from a consumer review!

    Mr. Ngo is essentially using a whole article to say "Nana nana boo boo! I'm a paid reviewer and so I'm clearly more trustworthy than those peasants." It's a petty swipe at people who do his job, sometimes better than he does, and usually for free.

    Are there plants on Amazon? Oh, hell yes. Lots of them! But does Mr. Ngo's list tell you how to spot them? Nope. Not really. All he's really doing here is complaining about other kids playing in his yard. Either that, or he really is this clueless about how Amazon's review system works.
  • king_nacho: Just because the name is Dong doesn't mean it is fake. I work with a guy who's name is Dong.


    Are you sure about that?
  • I have always found user reviews to be useless. Most of them are fake and written by insane people. I needed a new dishwasher recently and Consumer Reports gave Bosch the highest ratings. I read some user reviews at the Bosch website and the one CR recommended highly got some good reviews, but the general consensus was that it is an expensive POS. I ignored these and bought the machine. It is everything CR says it is. It is so quiet that you have to be standing it front of it to hear it. Its wash cycle makes less noise than my other one did filling. It does a fantastic job cleaning the dishes, holds twice as many items as my previous one, and it very energy efficient. Had I followed the advice of the reviewers, I would have gone with a Maytag. These are now built in Mexico and are not the same Maytag that became famous for their quality and reliability. The Bosch machines are built in Austria.
  • WindBreaker: I don't know; I kind of enjoy abusing the authors of particularly stupid reviews, which are distributed throughout, but seem to be much more highly concentrated at the low end. Yesterday, someone rated a product one star because the post office "lost" it


    This is my biggest review pet peeve. Some people don't grasp the concept to reviews an,d use petty issues not related to the product to release their anger. I was reading some recipe reviews the other day and all of the one star reviews were due to the author's mispronounciation of the dish.
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