Yeah, I’m with those who think the limit should be MUCH higher, like $250-$500 and be on Amazon at least 6 months, have a low return rate and have to write 10 reviews before they begin sticking.
Amazon should do away with unverified buyer reviews. If you didn’t buy the product on Amazon, why on earth would Amazon allow just anyone to post a review here? That is just nonsense
Furthermore the purchases must be on real products that are shipped, not gift cards or Kindle stuff. You should only be able to leave reviews in the categories you purchase from. You must make 25 purchases on Amazon to begin.
When you begin to look at real Amazon Buyers and their typical buying habits, then set the rules to follow what all normal people do. It is nothing to buy $500 per year here. Buyers with no activity or tenure just don’t add value to the marketplace and Reviews is one of the most critical things to Amazon’s success.
How the Reviews have all been managed just seems counter intuitive. This $50 requirement doesn’t even scratch the surface of what needs to be changed in order to have a functioning fair and honest review system.
Also reviews from Sellers should not be allowed in categories which they also sell in. There is just too much room for abuse. If the seller has not had a listing in said category for a year or longer, then they can leave reviews again.
As much effort as Amazon has made to deal with this after the fact, it truly surprises me that they have not implemented all of the above and MORE!