NEWS – A security researcher recently found evidence that several China retailers have been gaming their ratings on Amazon. They offered free products for good reviews and money for removing bad reviews. When Amazon caught wind of this, they started banning these sellers and their products from their online store. Big names like Aukey, Mpow, and Tomtop, along with others, have been implicated. You may recognize some of these vendors, as we’ve reviewed many of their products here on The Gadgeteer, including recent reviews of Mpow earbuds and an Aukey charger. I applaud Amazon for removing these vendors, and I hope they continue to do these sorts of things in the future.
In case you’re wondering how things work here at The Gadgeteer, vendors cannot pay us reviewers for better reviews nor are they allowed to see or approve the reviews before they are posted. (As disclosed, we are compensated in that we get to keep a sample of the gadget we review.) This frees us to write what we believe is an honest review of the product. Some reviews are happy with the gadgets; others not so much. Even though some vendors attempt to bully Julie into removing some reviews–I’ve personally seen this happen–Julie doesn’t budge an inch. If you want a better review, you gotta create a better gadget. Looks like our reviews are more honest than some of those found on Amazon.