10/7/16 – Today I got a whole host of new emails from sellers. Some again, seemly oblivious to the changes and operating as normal. Some just alter their wording to not talk about reviewing. Some are offering discounted product as a sale…. Many of the things that I’ve highlighted before.
One emailed me this which I found interesting:
So, that is food for thought. I tried to locate the page the screen grab was from, but was unable to find it, probably because I do not have a seller’s account.
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10/5/16- I just got the following email from Amazon. They are really serious about their policy changes.
on a policy change to our Community Guidelines, some of your reviews
will be removed. We recently updated this policy to prohibit
incentivized reviews, which includes those posted in exchange for free
or discounted products. Incentivized reviews posted prior to this policy
change are being retroactively removed if they are excessive or do not
comply with the previous policy.
Your reviewing privileges will
not be affected by this action, but you will not be able to resubmit the
reviews that were removed.
To learn about our review policies, please see our
Customer Review Creation Guidelines (http://www.amazon.com/review-guidelines).