Why all of the hype? That’s what I have been asking myself all afternoon. If you have found yourself reading this blog, it is more than likely because of the “update” heard around the Amazon review world. If not, keep reading to learn a little more about Amazon’s Terms of Service.
This afternoon we were thrown into a whirlwind of questions concerning the end of reviewing on Amazon. This didn’t come as a surprise to most of us, this is actually something a lot of us have been planning for. So we weren’t unprepared going into this. As usual, Amazon added wordage that makes everyone question the “meaning” of every line. So the questions have been many.
I can assure you of one thing, we aren’t going anywhere. Don’t be fooled, the changes were not made to “protect Amazon’s honest review platform”. As stated in the new update, Amazon’s Vine program is in full effect. Ready and willing to take sellers money to promote their products for review. No no, this is Amazon’s move to monopolize the market. No one should be making money off Amazon BUT Amazon. Disclaimers will still be part of the review process, but at a much higher cost to the sellers. And there you have it. The real reasoning for the update, bottom line.
Now, many of the people in the review community are not dishonest. They put a lot of time and effort into each and every product review, always giving their honest opinion of each product. Amazon has painted this picture of product reviewers as dishonest, lying, and cheating at the very system they created. Which couldn’t be the furthest from the truth. The reviewers I know are house wives who can’t afford to work due to daycare costs, this is their only way of providing for their families. They are families who are out of work due to illness and only have enough for basic necessities. I know professionals who spend every waking minute after work, pining over their reviews on products that they are giving to ailing patients in their care. The list goes on and on… you get the picture, none of the scenarios include liars, thieves, or cheats. So please do not think for one second that the reviewers I speak of, are anything BUT deserving of the products they have reviewed.
It is because of these reviewers that we have stuck with this whole process and planned ahead, made concessions and worked diligently with our sellers to come up with a plan. I say reviewers, as if they aren’t more than that… Our reviewers, TheRealDealGal reviewers, have become our close friends. They are all amazing people, inside of reviewing and out. We stay for them and we fight for them. Same goes for our sellers. I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of hours our team has spent going over the TOS with both our sellers and reviewers to make sure nothing was overlooked. We will continue to follow every letter of Amazon’s one sided TOS and review terms. But we aren’t going anywhere.
We have been at the beginning of product launches, we have been on the end of product completions and everything in between. We will continue to be there for our sellers and their needs. We have been blessed with a fantastic opportunity to be part of a great online community of incredible people and if Amazon thinks that is going away anytime soon, they are wrong…
So with all of that being said, if you are a reviewer looking to be part of our team or a seller looking to enhance their product or brand name, please comment below for more information and we will be in contact with you shortly!
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