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Steve Campitelli

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Rationale behind $50 minimum spend to be able to review?
Posted: Dec 7, 2017 2:32 PM
 
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I imagine this has been posted and debated at length already, so apologies if I'm going back over a well-trodden path, but can anybody tell me the rationale behind imposing a $50 minimum spend on people to be able to write a review?
I see that it weeds out the bogus one-off 'mates' reviews, but it also prevents the legitimate ones as well. Seems to be a policy that affects indie authors more than big-time authors, as indies are more likely to have to rely on people around them to create some momentum with reviews - people who may not be spending $50 on Amazon. Don't see why there should be any minimum at all.
Ralph E Vaughan

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Re: Rationale behind $50 minimum spend to be able to review?
Posted: Dec 7, 2017 2:45 PM   in response to: Steve Campitelli in response to: Steve Campitelli
 
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It's to cut back on fake reviews. If someone can't spend $50 on Amazon for something over any period of time, then that person is not really an Amazon customer. However, even spending $50 is not an automatic ticket to post. If Amazon's eternally questing bots find significant online connections, matching ISP info, etc, the review might still be declined or deleted later. Neither method truly nukes all bad posts. Personally, I favor the IMDB approach -- eliminate posts altogether -- but it's a minority opinion, obviously. The bottom line: you don't have to like Amazon's rules, but you do have to follow them.
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Re: Rationale behind $50 minimum spend to be able to review?
Posted: Dec 7, 2017 2:47 PM   in response to: Steve Campitelli in response to: Steve Campitelli
 
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Steve Campitelli wrote:
I see that it weeds out the bogus one-off 'mates' reviews, but it also prevents the legitimate ones as well. Seems to be a policy that affects indie authors more than big-time authors, as indies are more likely to have to rely on people around them to create some momentum with reviews.

I think you answered your own question--it was put in as an effort to keep people from creating bogus (or semi-bogus) accounts just for the purpose of reviewing.

And I'm afraid that those close to us, friends & family, are also not allowed to review, because it's hard to see them giving a genuinely honest review. Either they would be delighted that "their little boy" (or whoever) published a real book and five-star it, or else they'd be worried about insulting the author and causing a rift in a long-standing friendship, and thus five-star it.

In addition, people who've spent at least $50 at Amazon have some experience in buying products and thus (one hopes) have some basis of comparison as they go to rate the particular book or product.
Mrs Julia Evans

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Re: Rationale behind $50 minimum spend to be able to review?
Posted: Dec 7, 2017 2:59 PM   in response to: Steve Campitelli in response to: Steve Campitelli
 
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Steve Campitelli wrote:
I imagine this has been posted and debated at length already, so apologies if I'm going back over a well-trodden path, but can anybody tell me the rationale behind imposing a $50 minimum spend on people to be able to write a review?
I see that it weeds out the bogus one-off 'mates' reviews, but it also prevents the legitimate ones as well. Seems to be a policy that affects indie authors more than big-time authors, as indies are more likely to have to rely on people around them to create some momentum with reviews - people who may not be spending $50 on Amazon. Don't see why there should be any minimum at all.

Hi Steve,

If you search the community threads, you'll find this question has been raised and answered countless times, and produced many heated and nasty arguments.

The bottom line is that the Zon, rightly or wrongly, choose not to allow reviews from family and friends on the basis that they will be biased. In an attempt to make it a level playing field, one of the things they do is set the $50 limit.

As to the argument that it rules out genuine reviewers, if they're genuine buyers, regularly buying books, then it won't take too long for them to reach the $50 spend, and then they can leave all the reviews they like. Moreover, they can go back and leave reviews on all of the books they were barred from reviewing prior to hitting the $50 mark.

So, the reality is that the only people who never get to leave any reviews are those who never pay for their books, or spend any other money on A'zon. Is that fair? Possibly? Possibly not.

Different people will have different points of view on this, but by and large the people who argue the loudest that it is unfair, are the ones who are too impatient to wait for the organic reviews to filter through, or those whose masterpiece is unlikely to generate any genuinely positive reviews.

Just my thoughts (having read countless of these posts in the past).

J

Steve Campitelli

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Re: Rationale behind $50 minimum spend to be able to review?
Posted: Dec 7, 2017 3:56 PM   in response to: Mrs Julia Evans in response to: Mrs Julia Evans
 
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Fair comments, all. Thanks.
Notjohn

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Re: Rationale behind $50 minimum spend to be able to review?
Posted: Dec 7, 2017 4:07 PM   in response to: Steve Campitelli in response to: Steve Campitelli
 
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Amazon wants reviews from legitimate customers, not people who sign in just to give one book a boost. It used to be that all you had to do was buy SOMETHING, which could mean a 99 cent throwaway ebook. Then it was raised to $25 minimum. I didn't know that that had been raised to $50, but if so, it was somebody's judgment on the minimum needed to get rid of the fake reviews.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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