A change in Spark

6/28/17 – Spark just sent out an email to all reviewers highlighting an important change to their process:

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First round of Spark went well

UntitledI was a little hesitant having heard some negative things regarding the Spark review program, but as it turned out my experience was smooth, other than they had said they would send a group of products out for selection in May and the email didn’t arrive until June.

The two items I selected arrived in decent time, but definitely not super speedy.   They did not come packaged in Walmart boxes as they had in the past, almost as if they were being shipped directly from the manufacturer.     If that is the case, that may be a move on the part of Walmart to save a bit of shipping costs, but this is just speculation.

I was able to leave my review, in the same way that I had in the past with one small addition, they had an area to upload one to two images, but no place to leave a YouTube link for a video review (which I did).

Walmart suggests a 200 word review, but I note many people left far less than that and I feel it must not be a hard requirement.

Now I’m wondering when the next email will be sent out, will it be early next month?  I don’t find that emailing the Walmart Spark program will do much good, I don’t think they have dedicated staff for answering questions as Amazon does with their Vine program.

 

Secret shopping on your terms

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I love getting a good deal, who doesn’t?  But secret shopping I have found, is a great deal. Especially when you find a place that hires you to do it, and you can still be on your own terms for when you do your secret shopping and where, and you can be you and not follow any scripting.

Bestmark is that place.   You do have to take a test prior to your first shop to show that you are in fact able to read and understand basic directions, but anyone can pass that test.  Once those formalities are done, you can pick from loads of different shops, be it retail stores, restaurants, hotels or automotive.   They even sometimes have phone shops where all you do is make a call!

Where you live will determine how many and what shops you have.    I live in a very rural area, but they still have dozens of shops within 50 miles of me.   In a major city that number dramatically increases.

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The other nice thing about Bestmark is that you can do shops when you travel. For instance, if you are on vacation- why not secret shop a hotel or restaurant?   You get free food or lodging plus a little extra cash for your trouble.

You owe it to yourself to check out Bestmark.   Click here to learn more.

Fidget Spinner by Aemotoy (all metal)

One important thing to remember when you are getting a fidget spinner is weight!   The solid metal ones are usually the heaviest, and therefore the most satisfying experience.   You also want one that operates with as minimal friction as possible so that it can spin for a really long time (at least 3 minutes is good I think).

Fidget Spinners

fidget spinnerSeems like there have been a proliferation of fidget spinners lately.

I think I’ve been offered a dozen in this last month.  The first time I saw one online I didn’t know what they were for, but after a little research I learned they are to help focus someone with ADD or ADHD by giving them something to do with their hands.   The theory is that some people have excess energy and giving them something to fiddle with helps focus the person on the more important task.

There is a guy at my work who has several of these, and when he’s on the phone he fidgets with them and he says they work for him.    No one in my family has those types of issues, however I found that my boys love messing with theirs anyway.   It’s just a fun low-tech gizmo that people seem to universally like.

I think the metal ones (usually made from brass or steel) are more satisfying to use than the lighter plastic ones, but the all metal constructed spinners are much more costly.  Be prepared for $20 to $50 each.   Cheaper plastic ones I have seen as low as $6.

Facebook Review Groups

facebook_logoThere are literally hundreds of review clubs and review groups out there.   I have done a few over the last two years, with positive results.  I don’t do them a lot these days as I have more review offers than time, and I don’t need to seek any others.   However, for a new reviewer, this may be just the thing to get you started.

Facebook is home to many of these groups.   Each one has different rules and terms. Some give product free, some do random drawings for product give-aways, some require you purchase product at a discounted rate, and some require you to have YouTube and other social media accounts to post reviews to.   It will be up to you to find out the particular rules for each group to see if it’s right for you, but I’ll give you a list of the ones I know about, and you can request access to the group(s) of your choice.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1128970830562886/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/amzhelper/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1632935363684388/?ref=br_rs

https://www.facebook.com/groups/274767749632027/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/533935026767686/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1045732162173381/

https://www.facebook.com/UnboxingReviewsPlatform/?ref=br_rs

https://www.facebook.com/groups/496258173768227/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/219618278518898/?ref=br_rs

 

Sztrokia ‘Starry’ Diffuser

4/29/17 –

Unique 3D effect with automatic color changing LED.  (14 colors!)
2 mist modes: strong and light, calmly and softly changing from one color to the next.
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Starry Oil Diffuser: http://amzn.to/2kgsRBI

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It’s on!

Walmart

03/08/17 – Early in 2016 Walmart discontinued their Spark Reviewer program.  But today Walmart has reached out to former Spark Reviewers to say that they are starting up the program once again:

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Spark, like Amazon’s Vine, is a invitation only program.  In order to be picked you must be a Walmart customer who leaves reviews on the Walmart website.  Walmart lists these things as criteria to consider to write a review they consider good:

  • Talk about your personal experience with the product (not with Walmart)
  • Tell other customers what is great or not so great about it
  • Explain how you are using it
  • Attributes to consider include: value for price; quality; durability; design; ease of use; etc.