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Early Reviewer Program FAQ

What is the Early Reviewer Program?

The Early Reviewer Program is a program that encourages buyers who have already purchased a product to share their authentic experience through reviews. The program's goal is to help brand owners acquire early reviews, which helps shoppers make smarter buying decisions and can lead to an increase in page views and ultimately sales.

How will I know if my product has received a review from this program?

You can track the performance/status of your enrollments on the program Dashboard in Seller Central. You can also see the reviews directly on the product detail page. You can identify the Early Reviewer Program reviews by the orange badge that reads "Early Reviewer Rewards".

Why should customers trust these reviews?

We only ask customers who have already purchased the product to share their true experience, regardless of whether it is a 1-star or 5-star review. No free products or discounts are given to these reviewers. We also do not disclose at the time of purchase whether a product is participating in the program because we want to hear from customers who have authentically chosen to buy that product without any knowledge of a future reward.

How are reviewers selected for this program?

We want authentic reviews, and we would like to select from as many customers as possible, not just a select few. We select customers randomly from a list of all customers who have purchased products participating in this program, as long as they have no history of abusive or dishonest reviews and meet our eligibility criteria. Note that not all customers who purchase participating SKUs will receive reward offers to write a review. We want this program to generate enough reviews to help customers make smarter buying decisions; this is not a rewards program intended to encourage purchases. Amazon employees, participating sellers and their friends and family are not eligible to participate in this program.

How are reviewers rewarded?

Reviewers will receive a small reward (for example, a $3.00 Gift Card) after they have submitted an authentic review within the offer period and the review meets our community guidelines. This reward is to thank reviewers for sharing their authentic experience, regardless of whether it is a 1-star or 5-star review. The nature of the review does not affect the reward or the chance of getting future rewards.

Can sellers influence these reviews or the reviewers participating in this program?

No. Sellers choose SKUs to participate in this program, but are not allowed to influence the content or star rating of the customer reviews. Sellers are also prohibited from communicating with customers about their reviews. Amazon does not modify or remove reviews from the Early Reviewer Program, as long as they comply with our community guidelines.

Is my product removed from the program after it gets 5 reviews?

Once the product is enrolled, Amazon will continue to request customer reviews for up to one year, or until the enrollment has received 5 reviews through the program. Solicitation does not stop just because the product has more than 5 reviews in general. This means that if you enroll your product with 0 reviews and then customers write reviews without Amazon having provided them with a reward, we will continue asking customers for reviews until we receive 5 reviews through the program.

How much does it cost? Am I paying per review?

Each enrollment costs $60 plus any applicable taxes. An enrollment covers all SKUs in a parent SKU family or stand-alone SKU. You do not have to enroll children SKUs individually. You are charged the $60 fee once you receive your first review through the program. That is the only time a fee is charged for that SKU, whether you receive one review or five reviews. If you receive no reviews, you will not be charged.

How are enrollments shared at the variation level?

ERP enrollments are for stand-alone SKUs or SKU families on the parent SKU level. If you enroll a parent SKU, all children are enrolled and fixed as of time of enrollment, meaning any changes to SKU family after enrollment are not taken into account. This is because reviews are generally shared between products in the same variation family, so a review obtained on one child SKU should display on the detail page of all others in the family.

I would like more information about the closure of the Early Reviewer Program

Amazon continuously innovates to improve the shopping and selling experience. Over the past several years, we have made numerous improvements to encourage purchasers to review products on Amazon. These initiatives, such as One Tap Reviews and Global Review Sharing have proven more effective in generating reviews than the Early Reviewer Program. Accordingly, as of March 10, 2021, we will no longer allow new enrollments in the Early Reviewer Program, and will stop offering the service to sellers currently enrolled in the program on April 25, 2021.

How can I get reviews for my product if the Early Reviewer Program is not available?

Amazon already requests reviews on behalf of Amazon and our selling partners. Sellers can also ask customers to leave a product review through the Buyer-Seller Messaging tool.

Will I get a refund if I receive fewer than five reviews before program closure?

Amazon will return your program fee within three (3) months after the closure date, for any active enrollments with more than 1 review and not completed by April 25, 2021.

Will I get charged for the program if I get reviews for my product after program closure date?

No. You will not be charged the program fee for reviews published after Early Reviewer Program closure date of April 25, 2021.

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