Fake reviews for products sold on Amazon’s Marketplace are being sold online “in bulk” 17, according to Which? The consumer group found 10 websites selling fake reviews from $7 each and incentivising positive reviews in exchange for payment or free products. From a report:
It suggested the firm was facing an “uphill struggle” against a “widespread fake reviews industry”. An Amazon spokesman said: “We remove fake reviews and take action against anyone involved in abuse.” The retail giant’s Marketplace allows other retailers to sell their goods via the Amazon website. Which? identified websites offering review services for goods for sale on Amazon Marketplace that violated the firm’s terms and conditions. These included “packages” of fake reviews available for sellers to buy for about $21 individually, as well as bulk packages starting at $862 for 50 reviews and going up to $11,130 for 1,000. The group also suggested that five of the businesses it looked at had more than 702,000 “product reviewers” on their books. Product reviewers are offered small payments ranging from a few pounds up to more than $14, alongside free or discounted products. They can even take part in “loyalty schemes” and earn themselves premium goods, from children’s toys to exercise equipment.