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Aukey Kicked Off Amazon After Fake Reviews Scandal
« on: May 13, 2021, 12:28:42 AM »
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Here's the one that caught the fake review solicitors.

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Aukey has been kicked off Amazon after being caught soliciting fake reviews.
(Years ago a family member of mine had gotten a few free Aukey products by leaving a five star review.)

Aukey products are still being sold by other sellers on Amazon, just not the Aukey official store.

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Re: Aukey Kicked Off Amazon After Fake Reviews Scandal
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2021, 12:51:47 AM »
Mpow too. Wow.

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Re: Aukey Kicked Off Amazon After Fake Reviews Scandal
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2021, 01:08:18 AM »
Duh.

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Re: Aukey Kicked Off Amazon After Fake Reviews Scandal
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2021, 01:11:01 AM »
If Amazon only knew how many companies are guilty of the same charges, there won't be any sellers left ;D
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Re: Aukey Kicked Off Amazon After Fake Reviews Scandal
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2021, 01:36:42 AM »
@ChapsTheMatzav thank you for posting something I care to read.

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Re: Aukey Kicked Off Amazon After Fake Reviews Scandal
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2021, 01:38:47 AM »
They do have the best products. I'm not sure why they got evolved in such activity.

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Re: Aukey Kicked Off Amazon After Fake Reviews Scandal
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2021, 01:42:02 AM »
These are Chinese companies selling billions on Amazon most of their reviews where fake. About time Amazon got rid of them
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Re: Aukey Kicked Off Amazon After Fake Reviews Scandal
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2021, 01:49:09 AM »
Good riddance but I believe that they will be back soon. Amazon left all their listings up waiting for them to come back. Should’ve deleted every ASIN and all the reviews.
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Re: Aukey Kicked Off Amazon After Fake Reviews Scandal
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2021, 01:50:24 AM »
If Amazon only knew how many companies are guilty of the same charges, there won't be any sellers left ;D
Lol. Almost every private label company that's owned by a Yid does it.
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Re: Aukey Kicked Off Amazon After Fake Reviews Scandal
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2021, 01:51:33 AM »
Good riddance but I believe that they will be back soon. Amazon left all their listings up waiting for them to come back. Should’ve deleted every ASIN and all the reviews.
You have a point.
Why didn't Amazon delete the (fake) reviews?
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Re: Aukey Kicked Off Amazon After Fake Reviews Scandal
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2021, 01:53:24 AM »
They do have the best products. I'm not sure why they got evolved in such activity.

Arguable. But even assuming a product is decent, they still do it to command a higher price and much more sales.

If Amazon only knew how many companies are guilty of the same charges, there won't be any sellers left ;D

In that case we’d be the only sellers left. But for real, it doesn’t pay to be dishonest unless you’re Chinese or your product sucks. And if your product sucks it will never last long term.
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Re: Aukey Kicked Off Amazon After Fake Reviews Scandal
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2021, 01:56:36 AM »
You have a point.
Why didn't Amazon delete the (fake) reviews?

They deleted tens of thousands of reviews, perhaps most/all of the fakes (check keepa for data). But these listings heavily benefited from the fake reviews and some still have 5-10k reviews remaining on the page. IMHO the listing should be deleted or at the very least start it from scratch.
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Re: Aukey Kicked Off Amazon After Fake Reviews Scandal
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2021, 01:57:31 AM »
Arguable. But even assuming a product is decent, they still do it to command a higher price and much more sales.

In that case we’d be the only sellers left. But for real, it doesn’t pay to be dishonest unless you’re Chinese or your product sucks. And if your product sucks it will never last long term.
Incorrect. If your starting a new brand you need some fake reviews unless you want to wait forever for them to come naturally.
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Re: Aukey Kicked Off Amazon After Fake Reviews Scandal
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2021, 02:00:53 AM »
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Re: Aukey Kicked Off Amazon After Fake Reviews Scandal
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2021, 02:03:00 AM »
Incorrect. If your starting a new brand you need some fake reviews unless you want to wait forever for them to come naturally.

Vine + request a review is all you need. Anyone that says otherwise is either selling garbage or doesn’t know enough. The last thing a new brand needs is to be built on quicksand.
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Re: Aukey Kicked Off Amazon After Fake Reviews Scandal
« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2021, 02:05:59 AM »
I was always warey of mpow ever since I ordered bluetooth earbuds and wired earbuds came, back before they had many reviews.
You really don't need fake reviews,
Amazon had a program to kickstart with 5 reviews, where you can award the reviewer with a $5 amazon gift card, through Amazon.
I know someone who launched a private label product, filling a previously unfulfilled need, and by now had over 150 ratings, and over 30 written reviews. He didn't solicit more than those 5 official ones. This is after about 5 months.
People, there is such thing as organic reviews.

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Re: Aukey Kicked Off Amazon After Fake Reviews Scandal
« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2021, 02:10:33 AM »
Vine + request a review is all you need. Anyone that says otherwise is either selling garbage or doesn’t know enough. The last thing a new brand needs is to be built on quicksand.
AFAIK not every seller is eligible do Vine. Most buyers do not leave a review even when requested.
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Re: Aukey Kicked Off Amazon After Fake Reviews Scandal
« Reply #17 on: May 13, 2021, 02:10:38 AM »
Incorrect. If your starting a new brand you need some fake reviews unless you want to wait forever for them to come naturally.
I'll respectfully disagree
As a seller, I have never done any review shenanigans.
Yes it pains me to see copycats with fake positive reviews but I'm focused on the long run, I have a Chinese competitor that is now after just one year, with his 2nd brand name and had to start again from scratch.

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Re: Aukey Kicked Off Amazon After Fake Reviews Scandal
« Reply #18 on: May 13, 2021, 02:11:44 AM »
I was always warey of mpow ever since I ordered bluetooth earbuds and wired earbuds came, back before they had many reviews.
You really don't need fake reviews,
Amazon had a program to kickstart with 5 reviews, where you can award the reviewer with a $5 amazon gift card, through Amazon.
I know someone who launched a private label product, filling a previously unfulfilled need, and by now had over 150 ratings, and over 30 written reviews. He didn't solicit more than those 5 official ones. This is after about 5 months.
People, there is such thing as organic reviews.
That's why he didn't need fake reviews. If you wanna get into the air fryer business your gonna need some fake reviews.
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Re: Aukey Kicked Off Amazon After Fake Reviews Scandal
« Reply #19 on: May 13, 2021, 02:12:27 AM »
I was always warey of mpow ever since I ordered bluetooth earbuds and wired earbuds came, back before they had many reviews.
You really don't need fake reviews,
Amazon had a program to kickstart with 5 reviews, where you can award the reviewer with a $5 amazon gift card, through Amazon.
I know someone who launched a private label product, filling a previously unfulfilled need, and by now had over 150 ratings, and over 30 written reviews. He didn't solicit more than those 5 official ones. This is after about 5 months.
People, there is such thing as organic reviews.

The 5 reviews program (ERP) was deprecated, but point still stands. Vine is free and offers 30 reviews which is a nice amount to start with. And you also have the request a review feature which boosted the review rate by 10x compared to previously. It takes just a month or 2 to get more than enough review to build traction.
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