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Don't complain about 1 votes anymore

Switch Blayde
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Megyn Kelly's book was released this week. On Amazon "at the time of this writing, the book has 134 one-star reviews (56 percent of the total reviews submitted). Only two of them are from verified purchases."

Notice only 2 are from verified purchases which means the other 132 are 1-bombers.

Replies:   Dominions Son
Dominions Son

@Switch Blayde

It's a big problem for the Amazon rating system.

For anything remotely political, they will get floods of people voting either 5 starts or 1 star based purely on political ideology.

That's why they started vetting reviews against purchases.

Replies:   Switch Blayde
Switch Blayde

@Dominions Son

That's why they started vetting reviews against purchases.


I don't know why someone is allowed to give a rating to a novel if they didn't buy it. Makes no sense to me.

Dominions Son

@Switch Blayde

I don't know why someone is allowed to give a rating to a novel if they didn't buy it. Makes no sense to me.


Just because they didn't buy if from Amazon doesn't necessarily mean that they haven't read it.

However, with political stuff, it's too many people too quickly for more then a few of them to have been able to read it.

Crumbly Writer

@Switch Blayde

I don't know why someone is allowed to give a rating to a novel if they didn't buy it. Makes no sense to me.

Anyone who's ever purchased anything from Amazon is allowed to vote on any product, without even specifying whether they've tried it or not. Obviously, that encourages people to vote down products they don't like, or disapprove of for extraneous reasons, but Amazon has shown little interest in eliminating this problem, despite it's haunting their site's reputation for over a decade.

Replies:   Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach
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@Crumbly Writer


Anyone who's ever purchased anything from Amazon is allowed to vote on any product, without even specifying whether they've tried it or not.


Assuming the reviewer is a logged-in Amazon customer, and I think you can't review anything without being logged in, the review always indicates whether the reviewer purchased the product being reviewed.
EDIT TO ADD: You are correct that having purchased it does not mean ther reviewer actually used the product being reviewed.

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Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@Bondi Beach

Assuming the reviewer is a logged-in Amazon customer, and I think you can't review anything without being logged in, the review always indicates whether the reviewer purchased the product being reviewed.

In that case, the review if flagged as a "verified purchase". However, such reviews are rare.

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