Fake Reviews – An Unknown Threat
A new (actually not new) threat appeared massively before Christmas again and it hit me too. This threat to consumers are “Fake Reviews”. The reviews are made up to give you a better feeling buying their crap and if send from China or similar country, you pay if you want to return the crappy item. Watch out, I fell for it too.
When I ordered a battery driven vacuum cleaner they fooled me with 18 reviews that were done at only 2 days. When I found out this, the item was already shipped and I had the chance to find out if the critics are true. I unboxed and charged the vacuum cleaner. I fully charged it and gave it a task of sucking in some dirt on a small fluffy carpet. The first minute was okay, then the struggle began. It could not even suck in a few raisins I placed on the carpet. I tried dry coffee powder on the floor next and it didn’t even sucked in half of a spoon I placed there.
Final result: The item was crap. All the recent reviews on the item don’t reflect my experiences at all. This was really bad.
I bought the item on Amazon because I always liked the review system. Now after they fooled me hard I was angry. I called Amazon but I got the typical answer of “Just send it back!”. So I cleaned up the cleaner and it’s dirt tank to pack it up.
How do I found out about the fake reviews?
I heard about some website where anybody can check on Amazon reviews and the A.I. checks them. The item I checked came up with the 2x 9 fake reviews written on two days. Also a lot reviewers just reviews this item and every time with 5 stars. Those things I couldn’t check on my own so this website was just perfect. Of course I checked too late but since I could send the item back everything is okay.
Go and check for yourself at www.reviewmeta.com to find out if the item you want has fake reviews. One warning; Don’t rely too much on the A.I. analytics because it’s not the ultimative checking tool. It’s a tool to build your own opinion about a product before buying it.