Amazon Vine

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  1. Yvonne Smith

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    Well, today, I learned something new about Amazon. My daughter, Robin (my source for all things Amazon) came over to visit us today, and when the conversation got around to Amazon (it always seems to do that) she asked me if I knew about Amazon Vine.
    She said that when you write reviews on items that you got from Amazon they rate you on your reviews, and also you get rated by other people.
    You have probably noticed those little questions "was this review helpful?" . I have answered sometimes when I thought it was a helpful review and answered something I wanted to know about the item; but never gave it a thought otherwise.
    Apparently, when you get enough of those good ratings, Amazon invites you to join Vine as a special product rater. While you don't make any money doing this, Amazon does send you products to try out and write a review about.
    I think that it would be great to try out some of these new items (some can't even be bought at a store yet) and see how well you like them. I don't know how expensive of items they send you; but even if they are cheaper things, I think it is an excellent idea, and I am starting to write reviews for all of the things that I have bought on Amazon.
    You can also write reviews on other items that you have or know about, even if you did not get the product from Amazon.
    I have no idea how long it takes to get enough likes to become a Vine member; but I am sure sure going to try.
    For more information, check out the Vine link.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/vine/help
     
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    I have seen those reveiws on products I have used those reviews to decide if I wanted to purchase a product. It is encouraging to know that these reviews come from real people and not just some one trying to get a commission on a product if it sells.
     
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    I never knew that such a thing existed. I'm going to have to start replying to people's online questions I guess - I like free stuff!
     
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    I have found a lot of those reviews helpful but never heard of Amazon Vine. It sounds worthwhile to start reviewing products from Amazon and other places. Let us know if you get invited to Amazon Vine and how many likes it took !
     
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    I just got an invitation to join Vine. Does anyone here participate? Can you give me your insights?
     
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    I’ve written only a few reviews but I found the questions it generates from potential buyers, annoying and sometimes just dumb. For me, I think it would just be a bother.
     
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    I have been an Amazon Vine member since February of this year. I have had 167 reviews acknowledged that I know of. I may have missed a few.


    The sellers (through Amazon) send free items to Vine members. In return, they ask Vine members for their honest opinion of the products. Members get free stuff and sellers get word of mouth recommendations or non-recommendations, as the case may be. Money can’t buy that kind of advertising.


    I have received some really nice things from them. I give them 5 stars and a good review. Some of them are not as good. I give my honest opinion of them. I recently gave something 1 star (The least you can give) because it didn’t work well at all.


    They don’t want members to give fake reviews because if a buyer buys it because of a fake review, it reflects badly on Amazon.


    The things you receive have to be reported to the Infernal Revenue as income. Since I’m an old, retired lady, I don’t have to worry about that.


    You can order 3 items each day.


    They have a lot of man things like tools. I don’t order them because I don’t need them. I order lady things like household items. I did order some really nice cut resistant gloves for my sons.
     
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    I would love to be an amazon vine member; but have never been invited. I try to remember to write reviews about everything I buy; but sometimes just forget to do that.
    Do you (that are members) always write long reviews for all purchases, or what did you do to get the invitation ?
     
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    I have almost always written reviews of things I have bought from Amazon. I don't know if that's why I got invited or not. I don't know how they choose who to invite.

    I keep my reviews short and to the point. I see some people writing long elaborate reviews, but I don't think that is necessary. If I read a review, I'd rather it be short and to the point.
     
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    The invitation email says "You have been selected because you have consistently written helpful reviews over the course of your Amazon membership." I do not review everything. In fact, I'm not diligent about it at all. But when I write a review, I do a relatively thorough one.
     
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    You also get discounts from certain manufacturers. however this last one showed giving 5 stars and doing such and such for the 20 percent discount. I like the product in fact bought twice but not really a 5 in my book, so trashed it. Also asked not to broadcast the discount as we are a select few who get them.
     
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    This is a old thread is that Amazon Vine extinct now , I’ve bought quite a few items from Amazon with mixed results
     
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  14. Shirley Martin

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    It's still ongoing here, @Kate Ellery . I don't know if y'all have it in Aussieland.
     
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    I’ll look latter Shirley I bought some items from that TEMU last week ….think that’s the spelling it’s good quality stuff but you have to spend $30.00
    The items were very good quality that I bought , 3 potato growing bags , a little portable / hanging net dryer ( food) and a thing to put over the broom head to dust walls
    https://www.temu.com/?msgid=12-2023...9728130-200-b6jYrGpt&_p_landing=1&_x_src=mail
     
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