Fake reviews on product sold here

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I'm new here but I noticed some products for sale here and then I see a lot of great reviews for them. It occurs to me that one could create a couple dozen fake accounts here and then when they sell something, just go do a bunch of positive reviews. There are so many scams going on so I'm a bit paranoid.

How can I know if I'm reading legit reviews? Thanks.
#fake #product #reviews #sold
  • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
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    • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
      There is no need for fake accounts, there are more than enough people willing to kiss ass and give reviews
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  • Profile picture of the author Livettpd
    Read Mine.
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    Honest Reviews without the usual disingenuous
    reviewer BS.
    http://www.the-onlineinformer.com

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  • Profile picture of the author projecz
    I will review anything in the hope of getting something that does not work for free
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    I don't think the reviews are "fake" really.

    It just comes down to how many "buddies" you have.

    Me? I don't have ANY buddies. (I'm an isolated beast).

    So, whenever I launch something keep your eyes open.

    Because my reviews are 100% raw.

    (I rarely even ask for reviews. Reviews be damned. Quality > Reviews).

    (Also, there's the "review copy" factor).

    If someone gives you a free cheeseburger and fries - wouldn't you say "THANKS MAN, THAT WAS AN AWESOME CHEESEBURGER AND FRIES!" - It's simple psychology. Rarely would you say "Thanks for the cheeseburger and fries... BUT IT SUCKED!"
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    • Profile picture of the author visualfxpro
      Review on Sarevok's comment:

      First of all I'm not a buddy or a fake account. His comment is awesome and actually made me smile. Especially the end. Too many people don't get the conflict of interests associated with many reviews. TV/Magazines and more.

      Originally Posted by Sarevok View Post

      I don't think the reviews are "fake" really.

      It just comes down to how many "buddies" you have.

      Me? I don't have ANY buddies. (I'm an isolated beast).

      So, whenever I launch something keep your eyes open.

      Because my reviews are 100% raw.

      (I rarely even ask for reviews. Reviews be damned. Quality > Reviews).

      (Also, there's the "review copy" factor).

      If someone gives you a free cheeseburger and fries - wouldn't you say "THANKS MAN, THAT WAS AN AWESOME CHEESEBURGER AND FRIES!" - It's simple psychology. Rarely would you say "Thanks for the cheeseburger and fries... BUT IT SUCKED!"
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    VFP!

    Find out the guy behind the product. Call them on the phone. Check out their social networking site. I'm active on Facebook, twitter, and I post my Skype handle and number on my site, because I want to be open, transparent, and well, just honest. Here I am. Nothing to hide.

    If you can't readily find the guy or gal behind the operation, just move on to the next product from this niche. The poof is in the person behind the product. If they are honest, and transparent, and you get a good vibe from them, then the reviews are probably good money
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  • Profile picture of the author Stevie C
    I think that if you faked reviews for a WSO you would be very short sighted, risking losing your account for having multiple accounts but saying that I'm guessing there are a few that do attempt this.
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  • Profile picture of the author lukeblower
    Of course reviews, like testimonials are sometimes provided by friends or people in networks (not "genuine" customers). But if a marketer has got it together with a networking groups who then help each other out with providing social proof for their products, then that's not necessarily bad marketing.

    Having said that, giving a review to a product that you've never used or even seen (which some people do) I think is unethical and stupid because if the product turns out to be garbage, it can damage your name as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author barbling
    Like what was suggested above....

    Check out the online rep of the individual.

    Plug in their flagship site to Internet Archive: Wayback Machine . You'll see their footprints online (ie, my site has been there now since 1998).

    Check the questions they've answered, the tips they've shared, the responses of others.

    You'll start to develop a feel for it.
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    • Profile picture of the author glennshep
      Hi visualfxpro,

      It's always wise to do your due diligence before purchasing anything online, here or otherwise. As has been mentioned, it's a good idea to do some checking on the person who is selling the product. You can do this through the Warrior Forum, their website, social media, YouTube, IM Report Card and many more. If someone is genuine and provides quality stuff it will soon become apparent, likewise if the opposite is true.

      Additionally, if you're in any doubt about the validity of the reviewers, do the same kind of checks for them too.

      One thing to bear in mind, though, is that even if a seller has asked a few friends to give a review, this doesn't necessarily mean that their views are automatically going to be biased. Again, it comes down to just spending a little time checking them out. Usually it's pretty easy to spot the butt-kissers.

      Welcome to the forum, enjoy yourself and I hope you find some good stuff. But at the same time, always be careful, watch your back and try not to get discouraged. There are thousands of members here so you're bound to find people who are less than honest and less than helpful, but there are some fantastic people here who can help you and teach you a lot.

      »Glenn«
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      • Profile picture of the author visualfxpro
        Review on your comment:

        Well written and thoughtful. An example of somebody who knows the way forums are supposed to run. Thank you!

        Originally Posted by glennshep View Post

        Hi visualfxpro,

        It's always wise to do your due diligence before purchasing anything online, here or otherwise. As has been mentioned, it's a good idea to do some checking on the person who is selling the product. You can do this through the Warrior Forum, their website, social media, YouTube, IM Report Card and many more. If someone is genuine and provides quality stuff it will soon become apparent, likewise if the opposite is true.

        Additionally, if you're in any doubt about the validity of the reviewers, do the same kind of checks for them too.

        One thing to bear in mind, though, is that even if a seller has asked a few friends to give a review, this doesn't necessarily mean that their views are automatically going to be biased. Again, it comes down to just spending a little time checking them out. Usually it's pretty easy to spot the butt-kissers.

        Welcome to the forum, enjoy yourself and I hope you find some good stuff. But at the same time, always be careful, watch your back and try not to get discouraged. There are thousands of members here so you're bound to find people who are less than honest and less than helpful, but there are some fantastic people here who can help you and teach you a lot.

        »Glenn«
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