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Amazon is a P.O.S. (ymmv)

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Last Edited by LEADER7 June 29, 2019 at 06:32 PM
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This is my first thread ever on SD. I want to write about something that really pissed me off and I hope this is the right section of the forum.

I've been comparing the Nest Protect and the First Alert Z-Wave smoke/co detector for my home. The Nest Protect has (had) amazing reviews on Amazon with a 5-1 star ratio of 11:1 or something of that nature but its triple the price of the First Alert alarm I was eyeballing, and that only had a star ratio of like 5 or 6 :1.

I go back and check again today by doing a search for "Nest Protect", not only have the reviews for the Nest Protect been lowered AND the price has gone up by like $40, and to add insult to injury, the first product for sale is a !@#%ing First Alert OneLink w/ Alexa built-in. The ratio for the Nest Protect now is like 1.5:1.

I'm assuming most of you know that Google owns Nest and are fully aware of the fight between them and the competing ecosystems. This really pisses me off. Does anybody else see this as a problem as much as I do or not so much? There is obviously the slight chance that I'm getting the products/reviews mixed up and my memory is off, but I HIGHLY doubt it as I was blown away by seeing all of the positive reviews of the Nest Protect just a few days earlier.

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Yes, as a retailer Amazon does operate point of sale systems.
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Add YMMV to title please.
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Surprised? Amazon (or any company) will do anything to manipulate you into buying their products over someone else's.

I agree some of Amazon's tactics are below the belt, so to speak. Another example is where they manipulate the search results to show you a page full of other items they push before showing you what you specifically searched for.
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Surprised? Amazon (or any company) will do anything to manipulate you into buying their products over someone else's.

I agree some of Amazon's tactics are below the belt, so to speak. Another example is where they manipulate the search results to show you a page full of other items they push before showing you what you specifically searched for.
I'm not surprised, but this is really below the belt. They can push their own products first, they can not sell competing products, but changing reviews that drastically is like 10x worse.
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Not surprised in the least; wouldn't doubt it for a second.
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I'm not surprised, but this is really below the belt. They can push their own products first, they can not sell competing products, but changing reviews that drastically is like 10x worse.
Why do you think they "changed reviews"? More than likely they removed several positive 4 or 5 star reviews from the Nest product and kept all the negative ones. Companies like to flood their profitable products with positive reviews and even reimburse purchasers via PayPal or 3rd Party Gift Card to buy said products, just to leave "verified purchase" reviews.

Now, that's not saying Amazon correctly removed the reviews or didn't have anything to gain by doing so... but I'm sure Google has the means to prop up their products by dolling out or reimbursing tons of "samples".
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Why do you think they "changed reviews"? More than likely they removed several positive 4 or 5 star reviews from the Nest product and kept all the negative ones. Companies like to flood their profitable products with positive reviews and even reimburse purchasers via PayPal or 3rd Party Gift Card to buy said products, just to leave "verified purchase" reviews.

Now, that's not saying Amazon correctly removed the reviews or didn't have anything to gain by doing so... but I'm sure Google has the means to prop up their products by dolling out or reimbursing tons of "samples".
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Why do you think they "changed reviews"? More than likely they removed several positive 4 or 5 star reviews from the Nest product and kept all the negative ones. Companies like to flood their profitable products with positive reviews and even reimburse purchasers via PayPal or 3rd Party Gift Card to buy said products, just to leave "verified purchase" reviews.

Now, that's not saying Amazon correctly removed the reviews or didn't have anything to gain by doing so... but I'm sure Google has the means to prop up their products by dolling out or reimbursing tons of "samples".
By "changing reviews" I mean exactly what you're saying. I highly doubt a company as big as Google would have to engage in paying people to write positive reviews for their products. It would also be a PR nightmare if they were caught doing so.
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