Want Free Stuff from Amazon? Become a Top Reviewer

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I rely heavily on Amazon to ship me products that I don't have the time to buy in stores, like diapers, light bulbs and cat food. But while I've ordered hundreds of things from Amazon, I've never taken the time to write a review. However, an invitation-only program called Amazon Vine has me rethinking my ways.

The e-commerce giant boosts its bustling community of reviews from opinionated consumers by offering free products to its top reviewers, dubbed Vine Voices.

Amazon (AMZN) sends new items released by its partners and retailers to its top reviewers for testing and review. One Vine Voices member says Amazon sends him a list of products each month, and he chooses two that he'd like to review. The only requirement is that he has to write a review on those products within a month of receiving them.

So: How does one become a top reviewer and start receiving anything from a free laser printer to a free spin bike?

According to Amazon, "Amazon Vine is an invitation-only program. Vine Voices are selected based on several criteria, but primarily on the helpfulness of their reviews as judged by all other customers." In other words, if other customers like a person's reviews, Amazon takes notice. Amazon guidelines for becoming a great reviewer include describing why you like or disliked a product, being specific and keeping the review between 75 and 500 words.

"Review helpfulness plays an important part in determining rank," Amazon says. "Writing thousands of reviews that customers don't find helpful won't move a reviewer up in the standings." And don't worry if you're a novice reviewer, like yours truly. "The more recently a review is written, the greater its impact on rank. This way, as new customers share their experiences with Amazon's ever-widening selection of products, they'll have a chance to be recognized as top reviewers."

So if you're feeling confident about your ability to write helpful reviews, and getting free stuff from Amazon each month sounds like a pretty sweet perk, it might be time to limber up your typing fingers and take a crack at being invited by Amazon to become one of the Vince Voices. I know I sure won't forget to review my next Amazon order.

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nickyd47

I love Amazon. I tell everyone I know to shop Amazon first, I never an item anywhere without first getting a price and reading several reviews, especially if the item is costly.
I have actually switched to another product after reading a review with a substitute
product that proved to be less expensive and basically the same.
I learn new advantage to Amazon every time iI use their company.
I'm going to buy stock in Amazon.

May 16 2014 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
eye4c

Best review EVER is on Amazon: Haribo Gummi Bears Sugar Free 5lb Bag by Albanese .
I laughed so much I ached.

May 16 2014 at 2:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DOUG

Glad to hear this story. Time to shop elsewhere. Amazon is not the only on line shopping site. Bye Bye guys.....

May 16 2014 at 1:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mik's $ Toy

after all the $$ I spend at Amazon and I don't get an invite because my reviews are not long enough ? I guess I can browse their web site and then go buy the same thing elsewhere and still get a discount AND free shipping!

May 16 2014 at 12:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Familia Soto Bedoya

Hi Mik, I'm new seller on Amazon and need reviews, want you a free (1 dollar) reading book lamp? please see this short video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V2YVYSmy6w and leave a comment if you are interested. Thanks, it's so important to me.

November 07 2014 at 5:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wb505580

i've always been what some may call opinionated, especially when it comes to a product and most importantly how far the company is willing to go to back their product to keep customers as well as pick up new ones, i hold nothing back when describing a product wether good, bad or in between.

May 15 2014 at 10:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bluebeamerm3

free stuff, free bees, all for free ..... line up

May 15 2014 at 10:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wlh1923

Good grief, I get enough of those spam advertisements on my old AOL email account about making money being a super shopper or reviewer. Now we're getting spam articles on the same shyte? Yikes.

May 15 2014 at 10:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark Roy-Brooks

I love Amazon. I live in a very rural area, and it's cheaper to order something online than drive 40 miles to town. I have Amazon Prime, and it covers most of the products I purchase....not to mention the free videos, books,etc. When I have had a problem with a product, they have taken it back with no hassle.

May 15 2014 at 9:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Familia Soto Bedoya

Hi Mark, I'm new seller on Amazon and need reviews, want you a free (1 dollar) reading book lamp? please see this short video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V2YVYSmy6w and leave a comment if you are interested. Thanks, it's so important to me.

November 07 2014 at 5:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JOEM

Well let me tell you JERSEY CITY FORD claimed no interest no fees nothing but pay for the car. well they ripped me off well by the time they were done

May 15 2014 at 8:25 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
JOEM

Well just remember nothing in life is free. NOTHING

May 15 2014 at 8:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply