Amazon Reviews

Amazon+Reviews

Mac McClintock, Reporter

The people who review items on amazon are the scum of the earth. You would think something as easy as ranking a product on a 1-5 scale would not be so hard, but somehow these people cannot get how easy of a system this is. A great example of this is when people give something a one star review simply because it was not delivered on the estimated delivery date. That has nothing to do with the product or even the company. If you want to blame that on anyone, poorly review either UPS or FedEx. Another problem with reviews is that there is no way for Amazon to confirm you actually bought the thing you are reviewing*.  I am sorry Becca Anne; I do not believe that you actually bought the pet rock that you supposedly threw out your window. Mostly because no one would buy a pet rock that does not include a rock and also that would be animal abuse.

My biggest gripes with Amazon’s reviews are how people review the many countless books on the kindle store. The reason this is a major problem is how Amazon ranks the books and make them available for download. Many indie authors have been taken down because of a few bad reviews, which makes it impossible for anyone who might like their book to read and enjoy it. As an indie author, even if you are able to fight off negative reviews, you still have to hope and pray that the people who do buy and like your book actually take the time to write a positive review.  Why is this? This is because Amazon ranks its books not by sales, but by reviews. If a book does not have 50 positive reviews**, Amazon will never put it on their recommended list.

Many writers, such as Anne Rice, in a post on stopthegrbullies.com***, have called the system “a way of bullying authors.” One of Amazon’s best self-publishers, Joe Nobody, who’s first book in his series Holding Their Own is a top 20,000 book on Amazon. This is pretty impressive considering his first book sells for $9.99. The author now though is in a legal battle with a 23 year old reviewer who gave his book a one star review. How much in damages is Joe Nobody suing for? No less than $23,000****. How exactly he got that number is anyone’s guess. The shocking thing is he actually might be able to win this case, probably not for the money, but at least to get the review off the of top of his reviews for his book.

So what can you do as a reader to fix this awful system? It is easy;  if you like a book, simply right a short review. It can be as simply as “I liked it.” Not only does it helps the book get seen, but might also encourage the author to write more books. If for some reason you do not like a book, ask yourself, does writing a one star review on a book that cost you 99 cents really worth it?

 

 

*”Submit a Review.” Amazon.com Help:. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2016.

**”Fake Positive Reviews of Sellers (Not of Products).” Amazon.com: Customer Discussions:. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2016.

***”Anne Rice Owns the Bullies.” STGRB RSS. N.p., 26 Jan. 2014. Web. 08 Apr. 2016.

****”Should You Sue Your EBook Reviewers?” Big Sky Words. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2016.