Amazon Beefs Up Customer Review Criteria
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One used to be able to write a review on Amazon as long as you’d made a purchase but Amazon recently made changes to this process. In order to write a review on Amazon, a minimum of $50 purchase with a valid debit or credit card is required.
This process has been put in place to improve the review process and prevent friends and family members from beefing up the reviews with dishonest reviews. While this policy has been around for a while, its something many people are only becoming aware of recently including yours truly.
Personally, I never encourage family and friends to leave a favourable review of my writing just because it’s me. I expect cutthroat honesty or no review at all :).
You can read more on the policy HERE. Amazon has always made great effort to cull fake reviews and I think it’s a step in the right direction as honest reviews help people find the right books.