The BIG Amazon Photography Scam



I should start off with the fact that I use amazon a lot. For pretty much everything work related. I know a lot of people are very anti it, but since the lockdown it has really helped me to be able to deliver photoshoots without putting myself at risk. However, there are a few things you should know about the Amazon photography scam.

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29 thoughts on “The BIG Amazon Photography Scam

  • January 13, 2021 at 20:20
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    Yes, there are companies for hire, that solicit reviews. These companies not only fake good reviews, but force competition off Amazon. Then the fakery companies try to make ads look like the reputable seller they forced out, but substitute their poor quality items at the higher price of the good items.

  • January 13, 2021 at 20:20
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    I have had a couple people approach me asking me to try their product for free… but I had to buy it first, just like you said. I never realized what the scam was…. now I know…

    (I ahve not done it for anyone)

  • January 13, 2021 at 20:20
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    I never buy from Amazon, never have and never will, they use their staff like bio-mechanical machines, old or young are often driven to tears and exhaustion, paying them money contributes to and condones that

  • January 13, 2021 at 20:20
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    The exact same thing happened but in instagram dm, " heyy u want this for free, cool pay for it leave nice review and we send it" hahha, like no fam no way.
    Cheers for the heads up tho. 😂

  • January 13, 2021 at 20:20
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    I had an idea, but had not idea of how to know just how fake it was. Thanks for the video. And thanks for the invite. Subscribed and will see you on another video. Thanks again )))

  • January 13, 2021 at 20:20
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    It's called a Rebate campaign.
    It's where an Amazon seller needs more reviews to boost their rankings in the amazon product category or page.

    The seller offers 70-100% off the product but the customer must pay via Amazon full price and once paid, send over the Amazon purchase code/receipt. Then the customer must provide a PayPal email address for the seller to send a reimbursement.

    10-14 days later.. with enough time to test the product, the seller will ask the customer to leave a review.

    Why?

    The more reviews, the higher the product gets ranked on Amazon, the more eyeballs are viewing that product, the more sales the seller ultimately gets.

    Amazon are very strict about fake reviews and will ban sellers abruptly.
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    But many multimillion dollar brands are using this review method. (Using very high quality products)

    But as you suggested, anybody would be somewhat skeptical. But if used to your advantage, you can get great products for a ridiculously low price.

    Search for FB groups using the keyword "rebate" "Amazon".

    Hope this helps.

  • January 13, 2021 at 20:20
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    I’ve heard of something similar. I’ve also heard of fake bad reviews. I typical ignore 5 & 1 star reviews, and look at the reviews in between. Then use my own judgement. I’ve bought things with many bad reviews and never had one issue.

  • January 13, 2021 at 20:20
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    Only known buyers can leave a verified review so they have found a way to game the system. The really interesting question is: if you leave a poor rating do you really expect they will still reimburse you for the purchase? Keep in kind you can always go back and update your review and slam them on it but then YOUR credibility comes into question.

  • January 13, 2021 at 20:20
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    Yes, you can actually make money with it. People are being on WhatsApp Groups, and getting tax free money for their 5* comments

  • January 13, 2021 at 20:20
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    I actually did this for a company that I had previous dealings with. The asked if I would review a tripod first, the sent it out, I actually liked it and then a few months later they asked if I would be interested in reviewing their ND filters but this time I had to buy them and then they refunded the money after I left a verified review on amazon. At the end of the day, I like the bit of kit they sent before and I did need a new ND filter so it would have been worth it even if I didn't get the money back. I think I would only do this IF it was something I would have spent the money on anyway.

  • January 13, 2021 at 20:20
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    Listing unwanted items on eBay in auction is a good way to help others build up their equipment… especially for those where funds are slim… That's how I managed to build up my equipment…

  • January 13, 2021 at 20:20
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    I bought pills on amazon ,they offered me a free bottle for a good review ,i went for it never received the free bottle ,but they did not work and now they have this good review from me posted on their site …No won’t do that again

  • January 13, 2021 at 20:20
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    I have done it. You first buy the one that they send you via a link from Amazon. You buy it with your own money, send them the copy of your purchase, and your review, and they do give your money back via PayPal. I'm pretty new with the lights set up and this was a good way to get some free gear. I didn't leave 5 star rating, and I do say that this was given to me for free from the beginning.

  • January 13, 2021 at 20:20
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    The bad scammers will put reviews that comes from a totally different product from Amazon, and you’ll see the pictures that come with certain reviews and the item being mentioned in the reviews talk about a different item completely, so be mindful of those reviews 😂👌🏿

  • January 13, 2021 at 20:20
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    I had a company send me a similar email. I just asked them to send me the money first, and they did, no hassle at all. They didn’t ask me to leave a review, either, just to purchase it from Amazon and make a video.

  • January 13, 2021 at 20:20
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    Best way to see if someone's making an actual review is to look at a couple of their other reviews. Do they all pretty much look the same, just the product name has changed? Yeah, it's a fake.
    I suspect the 'we'll pay you back' isn't a scam to get your money, it's just a way for amazon to think you bought the item with your own money, but I'd be curious as to what happens if you do setup a fake PP account for them to pay you back into, then buy the item and make a review.

  • January 13, 2021 at 20:20
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    I don't understand why they would bother asking you a review – that's a lot of work. The well established process is to leverage regular customers greed and low sense of ethics and to put in the package a card with the promise of a $20 Amazon gift card in exchange for a review. This scheme is terrific because all the suckers will go for it and stupidly write a 5 star review. In fact, for those who are not suckers, a more lucrative option is to write a 1 star review. You will still still get the $20 gift card because the management of the gift cards is outsourced to turd party bottom feeders like giftcardvipservice@outlook.com and they don't care about the number of stars, they only want their cut in the scam. Now, the beauty of the 1 star review is that you will probably be asked by the seller to upgrade your review for a $100 gift card. At that point you can decide on the strategy that works best for your needs and you sense of ethics (mind you, at that stage you won't get the gift card if you don't give a 5 star review – but I guess you can still adjust the rating a third time and even send back the product and get a refund for good measure). Detecting companies doing this kind of things is easy: their products are rated over 4.5 stars. In doubt, you can still ask explicitly in the "Have a question?" section – not suggesting a business opportunity here.

  • January 13, 2021 at 20:20
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    I personally run every item through fakespot.com before I even think about buying it. You're totally right – most of the reviews on Amazon have either been paid for or seem to have been created by the vendor themselves. I've even had an Amazon seller offer me a full refund for a product – without the need to return it – if I removed a negative review. I took pleasure in ignoring them (even though I lost money on a useless product) to let the review stand.

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