Friday, September 23, 2016

Amazon Changed Their Reviewer Policy #amazon #reviewers #headsup #readallaboutit

Amazon had in place a rule that your account had to have made at least $5 in purchases before you were permitted to leave a review. Their new policy is that you have to have made at least $50 in purchases before you are permitted to leave a review on any product. So if you only get free items in exchange for a review and don't actually use your Amazon account for anything else, than you can't leave reviews. Make some home purchases that equal out to $50 paid out of pocket after discounts/promotions and you are good to go.

Seller Labs (an affiliate program) gave me the heads up here:

Here's the main points:

Previous Version
Who may write a review?
To post a review, customers must spend at least $5.00 using a valid credit or debit card. Prime subscriptions and promotional discounts don’t qualify towards the $5.00 minimum. Customers in the same household cannot submit a review for the same product.
Current Version
Who may write a review?
To post a review, customers must spend at least $50.00 using a valid credit or debit card. Prime subscriptions and promotional discounts don’t qualify towards the $50.00 minimum. Customers in the same household cannot submit a review for the same product.
What does this change mean for me? 
The five dollar minimum is new, put in place by Amazon last month. The only change today is to the account minimum. The minimum is an account total, not a purchase minimum. Some testing on our end has found that shoppers with accounts with less that  $50 spent were still able to leave product reviews on products they have purchased. It’s possible older accounts are grandfathered in and this change does not affect them.

Can Shoppers Still Leave Reviews on Products Less than $50?
 Yes.

Can I still offer discounted or free products in exchange for a review?
Yes.

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