A Seller On Amazon Offered Me An Incentive To Leave A 5* Review


I buy a lot on Amazon. Probably too much. I enjoy the convenience, pricing (mostly) and reviews. Reviews, however, have to be looked at carefully. Some sellers, particularly new sellers (or selling new products) offer incentives for 5* reviews. I knew this practice happened, but I’d never experienced it first hand. I recently bought a product on Amazon, with a smattering of 5* reviews. I...

Some products on Amazon cost MORE on Amazon Prime, Even For Prime Members!


Earlier today I was looking to purchase an item on Amazon. (2x VonHaus Vertical Wall Mount Bike Cycle Storage Hooks to be specific) I found them for £7.99 – available next day, on Prime. However, I noticed it was available £1 less in the “other sellers” bit. Curious, I took a look: Both same product Both same vendor Prime was however £1 more. This was despite me being a Prime...

Amazon DDOS attack – hardware failure cover-up


I’m a great fan of Amazon. I admire what they have done for technology, especially with their AWS Platform. However, when the company decided to blame a “hardware failure” for their outages yesterday evening, I felt they were trying to pull the wool over our eyes. An Amazon spokesman said: ‘The brief interruption to our European retail sites last night was due to hardware failure in our...