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<firstimage=”http://www.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/amazon_logo.png”>amazon vine reviewIf you’re an Amazon.com customer who regularly reads product reviews by other customers, you may have noticed that some reviewers have a little badge (one of several) under their name identifying them as a ”Vine Voice” reviewer.

These Amazon Vine reviewers were invited by Amazon to receive a monthly newsletter of pre- and recently-released books and other products that Vine members can select from and review. Selected products are sent to Amazon Vine reviewers for free.  So how do you become a Vine reviewer?


I’m not a prolific reviewer on Amazon, but about six months ago I was invited to become a member of its “exclusive club of influential Amazon voices.”

Getting free items such as a 1 TB Western Digital External Hard Drive, a Duracell iPhone charger, a very expensive photography bag, computer software, and numerous books in exchange for honest reviews of these products has been a pretty good deal in my view.

amazon vine review

So how does one get invited to the Vine Voice community? Well, Amazon doesn’t provide step-by-step criteria for its program invitations, but it does say this: “Customers are invited to become Amazon Vineâ„¢ Voices based on the trust they have earned in the Amazon community for writing accurate and insightful reviews”.

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Based on my experience as a Amazon customer and reviewer, and checking out ten other Vine Voice members, here are some specific criteria for how you might receive an invitation to become an Amazon Vine reviewer.

Writing Reviews

First off you need to be an Amazon.com customer who regularly writes thoughtful reviews of products. You can certainly write reviews of products that you did not purchase from Amazon (I have quite a few like that), but not too long ago Amazon added a button that you check to let others know if you indeed purchased the product you’re reviewing on Amazon.

So writing some reviews of products that you actually purchased on Amazon might provide you with a little more credibility.

amazon vine reviewers

The key to reviews is that they should be genuine. They don’t have to be long, drawn out essays, but they should explain how the product is or is not useful to you, and what potential buyers should consider before purchasing.

Reviews should be well written as much as possible and edited. More than a few times, I’ve gone back weeks later and edited my posted reviews. I’ve also updated a review or changed the initial rating I gave an item after spending more time with it.

Although most customers post written reviews, you can also produce video reviews, which is something I prefer to do especially for non-book products. Most videos I’ve done took less than half the time to produce than it would take to write it.

Helpful Votes

To date I”˜ve written only 134 reviews since 2005. Many prolific reviewers have written well over 500. Of the ten Vine Voice reviewers I checked out, only one had written less than 100. I also think that you need to be an Amazon customer for longer than six months.

Another criteria that Amazon probably uses for sending Vine Voice invites is based on the number of helpful votes a reviewer receives. I’ve never consciously wrote a review in order to get helpful votes. Sometimes my reviews have been hurriedly written, but I have typically based them on how I genuinely feel about the product.

amazon vine reviewers

You should also write about products that you have expert knowledge about. When fellow customers see you’re writing about products associated with your profession they may receive those reviews as being more credible. So in your Amazon profile you might want to include a title that identifies what you do.

Once Accepted

amazon vine reviewOnce you’re accepted as a Vine reviewer you will want to make sure you follow the guidelines of the program. You are limited to two products at a time and you must write and post your reviews of received products before you can request additional items.

Only choose products you”˜re really interested in, not ones that you will try to resell. In some Vine newsletters there are three or four hot products that sell for upwards to $300. As you might guess the availability of those products run out very quickly.

I’ve snagged a few choice products like these by simply having my Mail application notify me, using a Mail rule, when the newsletter arrives. I also only request books that I think I want and will have time to read. So there have been a few months when I didn’t request anything.

Some people may view the Amazon Vine program as simply vendors giving away products in order to get positive reviews. But based on the reviews I’ve written and the ones I’ve read by other Vine reviewers that’s far from the case. Vine reviewers simply like helping others make good buying decisions.

I can’t guarantee that carrying out the above suggestions will get you an Amazon Vine invitation, but if you don’t mind using some of your time to write reviews on a regular basis, I think you will have a good chance of being selected. The Vine community seems to be pretty large and serious about what it contributes.

Did you get a Vine invitation?   If so, what recommendations would you give to others?   What kinds of stuff has Amazon given you to review?

  1. Dawn O'Hara
    December 7, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    I'm Not A Amazon Vine Customer, But I Would Like To Be... I've Bought A Few Items From Amazon And Have Never Had A Bad Thing To Say As I Have Always Been Satisfied With Every Item That I Have Bought From Sellers. I Have Always Recieved My Item On Time, My Product Has Always Looked As Described And Has Never Been Damaged.. I Would Recommend Amazon To The Public... 100% From Me.

  2. Agni
    December 4, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Hi Fmmama
    May I ask what questions did they ask in the form?

  3. fmmama
    December 4, 2016 at 1:59 am

    Amazon sent me a letter and survey to apply to Vine. They replied that I was not chosen but could be in the future. I had under 100 reviews, and about 55,000 rank.Over 100 up votes I think at that time.
    Thank you for your great suggestions on how to get into Amazon Vine as a reviewer.

  4. Hazel A Cox
    December 1, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Thank you for the information.
    I had no idea when i was jewelry making / card crafting that posting a review could be so important in latter years. i am now into sewing and doing my best to try and sell my makes.
    I do admit i do not purchase as much as i would like to. But that is more due to circumstance more than anything else.
    I will certainly make a point from now on to leave feedback or to take the time and write an honest review from now on.
    Can you tell me please do you think it possible for me to review on behalf of Amazon .
    Thank you for taking the time to read this post.

    H A Cox.

  5. Madeline McIntosh-Ortiz
    December 1, 2016 at 1:28 am

    I am very interested in the Amazon Vine program. I am currently a veteran member of Amazon Prime; as a proud Prime member, it is noteworthy to say that Amazon is my family's go-to place to shop for most personal, household products, and gifts. And we are very grateful to have this outlet to obtain our needs. Be that as it may, as an Amazon Vine member, I will use it as an excellent opportunity to review the amazing multitudinous goods Amazon offers to shoppers like myself.

  6. Michelle Hale
    November 29, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    I really want to be a Vine reviewer for Amazon!! I will try what you have suggested & hope that helps!! Thanks.. Have a great day!!

  7. Mattie Alley
    November 26, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Would live to sign up.

  8. Chuck Harris
    November 20, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    I have bought a ton of items thru amazon..wrote reviews comments etc..and never have recieved a request to review products..

  9. Angela deguise
    November 17, 2016 at 3:41 am

    Thanx for ur info I love shopping on amazon! So i will make sure to give my reviews thank u
    Angela

  10. jmw
    October 6, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Reviewmeta.com
    Fakespot.com

    Both sites analyze and grade the reviews of any Amazon listed product for authenticity

  11. Lilia Barnes
    October 4, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    This information was VERY helpful. I appreciate your input.

    Thak you,

    Lily

  12. Lee
    September 29, 2016 at 2:54 am

    Thanks for the heads up for Vine reviewer post. Definitely something I would be interested in.

  13. aggeliki
    September 27, 2016 at 10:39 am

    if you get a vine invitation can they ship the stuff you are interested in internationally?

    • Dominick Miller
      September 27, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      I would like to try this out. I'm a wounded vet with some time on my hands. I like computers,photography, men's health, cell phones.. I know I could put out a good review

  14. Mary Jane espisito
    September 10, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Love essential oils

  15. Handy
    August 24, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Personally I filter out the Vine reviews, quite frankly I don't care about the opinion of someone who got it for free. I want someone with skin in the game to tell me if it is worth the price they paid.

    • Dani
      November 29, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      Absolutely agree

  16. dani
    May 29, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    5/1/2016 they no longer do the spark reviewer program. I hope this is helpfull

  17. dev01d
    May 18, 2016 at 2:48 pm

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    • dev01d
      May 18, 2016 at 2:49 pm

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  18. RD Ramos
    May 1, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Hi

    I was invited to amazon vine once but I don't recall getting any news letter with offers. Can you tell me what's expected after the invite? Thanks

  19. JohnNewOrleansAppraiser
    March 31, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Yeah, but free stuff is nice! I have gotten a few products for 85% off from one manufacturer but I really did like the products and wrote honest reviews.

  20. Catherine A. McClarey
    March 26, 2016 at 3:12 am

    I was a member of Walmart's Spark Reviewer program, which they have just announced (via an email to the Spark Reviewers) that they are ending. I really enjoyed getting the free products (f.ex., things as inexpensive as a new variety of Triscuits or as fancy as a new convertible laptop onto which I was instructed to download Windows 10 the day it was released), and would love to continue doing something similar for another website's program (such as Amazon Vine). Are there other programs similar to Amazon Vine or Walmart Spark Reviewer out there, and if so, would experience as a Walmart Spark Reviewer be at all helpful in getting an invitation to participate?
    (I do also post reviews on Amazon, but haven't yet received an invitation to participate in the Amazon Vine program; I would love to get one, though!)

    • Closingracer
      June 2, 2016 at 12:52 am

      I am in a program with Bestbuy. Bestbuy tech insider i think its called. I got invited back in February and I don't know how. I typically do write some reviews on Bestbuy at times. I typically write a review if i like or hate the item enough to make my opinions known.

  21. BZ
    January 24, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    I think a MUCH bigger problem then dishonest Vine reviews are fake reviewers that are either the manufacturer/seller reviewing the product for themselves or a marketing company or private contractor hired to leave fake positive reviews. I have left reviews and pointed out that the others were fake and Amazon DID block my review even though I left a totally legit review. I will categorically never buy a product that has fake reviews.

    How do I know they are fake you ask... Easy, look at the other products that the person has reviewed, there usually are not any, but when they are they are all from the same seller. Another way is that someone will have like 50 reviews in a 2 day period, but then no other positive reviews, ever. Another way, You will see a reviewer review different products with different descriptions about who they are (e.g., "I am a professional plumber so...", "As a professional photographer, I think...", "As a large man, I found...", "As a single mother..." all from the same person). Another indicator is when they use the same broken English in multiple 5 star reviews or misspell the exact same word the same way under different names (no verified purchase, of course). Of course, none of these are 100% guarantees they are fake, but once you start looking for them, it becomes obvious.

    One other thing to look out for is reviews for the wrong product. A terrible thing that Amazon has done is allows sellers to list multiple unrelated products under one listing so you don't even know what you are reading a review for. This function was supposed to be used to allow listing of variations of the exact same product like color, size, etc..., but now is being widely abused to list totally different items for the sake of reviews and price-based search results. For example, someone might sell a camera flash and a tripod and full studio kit all under one listing. When you read the reviews, you see a bunch of people raving about how great the product was and you assume it is for the flash you are looking at, but they are all really for the tripod and the one flash review was bad. I have reported this and Amazon simply does not care.

    • Tif
      November 1, 2016 at 6:58 am

      Hi,I agree with you,because I am a seller on amazon,I do not want to spent more money to get review like you say,my items are all in high quality,but,no review no orders,especially good review.I hope all reviewers review honestly,but..............

    • Tif
      November 1, 2016 at 7:00 am

      ...

  22. buffpacman
    January 6, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Wow I have thousands of reviews and like tens of thousands of helpfuls with a 90 something percent helpful rate and I never got invited. Sad face

  23. Carolyn
    January 3, 2016 at 3:34 am

    Reviews4Success.com is amazing for getting free and deeply discounted products for review.

    • Tammy
      March 22, 2016 at 11:01 pm

      Maybe your reviews aren't that well written or helpful? Just guessing...

  24. JH
    January 1, 2016 at 1:32 am

    This is sick.

    The obsessive and compulsive are being rewarded with free merchandise?

    Every time I see one of these reviews it makes me sick. There is no way to maintain any impartiality when one is receiving the merchandise for free.

    • T. Muse
      October 5, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      That is not true at all. I do hundreds of reviews on Amazon and when I do the review I review it the same as if I had paid full price. If I feel the product is over priced or that it a good value for the money, I say so. I rank in the top 5000 of reviewers and have never been invited to Vine.

      • J.H.
        October 6, 2016 at 12:08 am

        If you can't see that this is a conflict of interest, I feel sorry for you.
        You probably think politicians in Washington are looking out for your best interest as well.
        I'm glad Amazon decided to terminate this program recently. The facts are clear. Even if those who benefit from it don't want to admit it.

        • Liberty Zen
          October 31, 2016 at 9:51 pm

          I've left hundreds of reviews for free or discounted products. All are honest, and most are extremely thorough. No politician is watching my back, and it is because of that fact that I boldly tell people what I think. The funny thing is that for me, the bias tends to go in the opposite direction. I am so used to getting things for free or heavily discounted, that when I look at the full prices I nearly always think they're asking too much and that the product isn't worth that. I've had to make it a habit to comparison shop for items I review so that I have some realistic idea of how much that type of item costs and don't give low star ratings for something based on my unrealistic expectations. I do consider the full selling price, because I only review items I'm interested in buying or using even if I were paying full price. Just because your reaction would be to like something better because it is free doesn't mean everyone's is. I'm more likely to think it's junk, because if it isn't, why would it be free? I'm always thrilled to write a five-star review, because I almost never expect that I'll get to do it.

  25. Mike
    November 29, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree with Robert. There's some fundimental ethical flaws with the vine program. It's a selection bias. And as he mentioned 99% of the 4-5 stars reveiws will be from vine members and the ratings below from customers who purchased the product. Amazon's interest to list positive reviews are within their own financial gain (a lot of products are direct from China, so the cost to profit ratio is exceedingly high). I've noticed now that when looking at products to review the negative reviews to get a "real" view of the product.

    • Klok Werk
      December 22, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Actually someone did a study on this, using a webcrawler to compare Vine ratings to non-Vine. Overall, Vine ratings were lower than non-Vine ratings.

      I actually think the worst part is when Vine people get items they wouldn't normally purchase, didn't really want and don't know how to use and therefore end up giving a good item poor marks because they don't understand it. e.g., a great gaming headset getting mediocre reviews from people who clearly are not gamers and never mentioned most of the device's features (macros, microphone, equalizer, etc).

      The other side of the problem is giving something a 5-star review because you only have 30 days to review it and it's either great or just hard to review properly with only 30 days (bags of seed, out-of-season items like humidifiers in the summer or things that just break after 60 days of use).

      There's actually no incentive to 5-star things just because it was free, though.

      • Johnny
        April 18, 2016 at 12:59 pm

        A link to the study would be nice.

  26. Robert
    November 23, 2015 at 9:29 am

    I've always wanted to do this, but think I'm too honest for them. I've been an Amazon customer since Amazon debut, have purchased hundreds -- if not thousands -- of items, and have reviewed nearly every single one of them. Why? Because I LOVE writing reviews.

    However, I like writing honest reviews and reviews that actually help people, even if they don't receive votes for it. I've seen some Vine reviewers who were honest, but the majority are not, imo. I've seen positive Vine reviews for products where all the non-Vine reviews were poor. So while I'd love to be a Vine member, I don't think I'm dishonest enough for it.

    • Mike
      November 30, 2015 at 12:00 am

      In the same boat as you Robert. But I applaud you for being an honest reviewer (like me!) Unfortunately I've been duped quite a few times by the high rankings of subpar products before realizing how to analyze really what the product is and not what a group of people who got it for free think.

      M.

      • Beans
        December 30, 2015 at 6:42 pm

        Lol. I got my Vine membership taken away for writing an honest review. I agree 100 percent. And just tried to review an item I purchased last week and amazon rejected it at 1 star, and truthful. I am thinking of returning, try more stars, and lie and I bet my new review will be accepted.

    • Michael
      December 14, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      I think one big difference is that the objects must be reviewed within 30 days. Many negative reviews from regular users come weeks or months later, when problems start to show up, and they get to experience how the seller/manufacturer deals with faulty product. There is a good chance the first 30 days will provide a positive experience with most products, unless the whole product is of poor design, or does not live up to specifications. It would be great to have the Vine reviewers come back a year later and update their reviews.
      I can attest to providing a positive review on an object I have owned for 3 days, and feeling very different about it a year later.

      • Liberty Zen
        October 31, 2016 at 9:55 pm

        This is why a responsible reviewer sets aside time each day or week to update reviews. I do mine weekly. If, during the week, I notice a product has failed to perform, has performed better than I thought initially, or has some feature that I've just discovered, I go back and update. Products have gone from five stars to one, and from two to four. Each time, I leave my original review, and amend it to add my new thoughts or findings.

    • Klok Werk
      December 22, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      On the contrary, this is why you should accept it if given the chance: because the program needs more honest reviewers.

      You make it sound like dishonesty is some sort of requirement. If you hate everything and rate it all 1-star, they will still keep sending you stuff. I've never heard of someone being kicked out of Vine for being too honest. The more common problem is people selecting items for review that they either never took out of the box, only gave a cursory examination of or didn't know how to use (or literally could not use).

      I'm a Viner and my Vine reviews are just the same as my regular reviews and I only select items from the list that I'm familiar with, think I would like and want to review.

      • Robert
        December 23, 2015 at 8:51 am

        I mostly agree, but I've been on Amazon since 1996 and don't think I've ever received an invite. It's possible that I received an invite when Vine debut, but turned it down because I was too busy at the time and just never received another one. Regardless, I've purchased a lot on Amazon and have written reviews for almost everything, simply because I believe reviews are important to online shopping, but I've waited for a Vine invite for years without receiving one.

        I read some places that you need to be ranked so high to be considered, but I've never bothered to verify that, because it won't affect how I write reviews. I'd love to be a Vine member, but only if an invitation were extended with how I write reviews naturally. That seems in contrast to some Vine reviews I read, which come across as an attempt to market the product.

        There's one review in particular that stands out to me. It wasn't a Vine member who wrote it, so it may not be relevant, but it's the first review for a popular product that has thousands of reviews for it. This review was entertaining to read and has received hundreds of "Yes" votes saying it was helpful. The problem I have with it is that I own the product, and while the review was entertaining, it was very inaccurate. In this particular case, I don't think it's merely a matter of the reviewer having a different opinion, because many things written are factually inaccurate, and it was important information. And yet, the review is #1 out of thousands of others on Amazon.

        I could write entertaining reviews, but that's not my purpose when reviewing a product, so if that's what Vine requires, then I'm out of luck. While this particular review was not by a Vine member, it reminded me of a lot of Vine reviews I've read in the past. Having said that, I hope you're right and maybe I'll receive a Vine invite some day, too.

      • Robert
        December 23, 2015 at 9:14 am

        P.S. I just checked the "How can I join the program" section of the Amazon Vine Program page and it says Vine Voices are partially selected by "customers who consistently write helpful reviews...".

        This is my point! I receive notifications that my reviews are helpful, but I'm sure I don't receive nearly as many as those who write entertaining reviews do. While I could make a conscious effort to make my reviews more entertaining, that's not why I write reviews, and I'd rather write a honest, thorough review as a non-Vine member, then spend time making my reviews entertaining, in the hope I'll receive a Vine invite.

        I'm sure you're right when saying it's okay to write negative reviews, but doing so seems like it'll make it difficult to pile up the helpful votes needed to receive an invitation.

      • Beans
        December 30, 2015 at 6:47 pm

        I was a vine reviewer. Till I gave 1 star reviews and told the truth about some children books. Amazon took my Vine priveledges away...And told me why. Sorry. I could not lie to other parents, and yes I do not regret my decision. Even if I don't have a vine membership any longer. Even if I could get laptops, HD tv, furniture, appliances, and the latest technologies FREE....I am sticking to my morals and honesty.

        • KlokWerk
          December 31, 2015 at 12:04 am

          Beans is either outright lying or skipping some vital details (like maybe his reviews were inflammatory in nature rather than merely critical). I'm a Vine reviewer and have written 1-star reviews without a problem and it's pretty easy to look up other Vine reviewers who have 1-star reviews in their list. I'm still in the program and still get stuff and I still review it all the way I always have. If I get a terrible product, I rate it poorly and explain, in as neutral a voice as possible, why it was terrible.

          Never had a problem with a review getting rejected. I did have one negative review generate a few dozen downvotes and angry replies from fanboys of the product but the review is still up there to be seen (granted it is buried under the downvotes).

          I bet if you linked to some of your reviews, we'd come to some interesting conclusions on why they really kicked you out (assuming you were ever actually in).

  27. Andrew - GoodsLoop.com
    November 12, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Great article, but you don't have to become a Vine reviewer to get a chance to review products! My company is launching a new product review site soon at GoodsLoop.com.

    We've got some great brands and products lined up. You can join today as a VIP reviewer, which will give you early-access to products.

    • Kri
      November 17, 2015 at 5:24 am

      I just put in a request on your site to review :)

      • Andrew - GoodsLoop.com
        November 17, 2015 at 9:27 pm

        @Kri - Glad to hear it!

        • Corinne
          January 6, 2016 at 1:24 am

          I also just put in a request. Thank you for launching a site for us as consumers to be able to review products

    • producerchick
      December 21, 2015 at 3:51 am

      I just put in a request as well

    • Klok Werk
      December 22, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      I trust Vine reviews a lot more than 3rd party review sites, where the rules are more suspect and the reviewers are often not listing themselves as people who got something for free.

      • Andrew
        December 23, 2015 at 3:27 pm

        Great point, Klok Werk. We're aware of that problem and are working to insure that all reviewers using our site disclose if they receive a discount.

    • Issis
      August 1, 2016 at 6:37 am

      Your invitation is dated 12 Nov, 2015. I just checked your web site and your are still accepting applicants for the wait list ... Are you really just aggregating a list of names for marketing purposes?

    • Dani
      November 29, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      DId this ever get off the ground?? I just put in an app, but it seems it's a year later and it still says that it's in the works??

  28. chilehead craig
    October 27, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    I've been on Amazon a long time and am currently ranked 1,300 and they still have not invited me to the program. Wish they would since I like reviewing new products. Maybe someday...

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A1H4IVXNXWWBLV/ref=cm_aya_bb_pdp

    • Sahar
      October 9, 2016 at 5:43 am

      Craig did you make it in to Vine? I see you're ranked 700ish now

  29. kim gates
    October 19, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Hi! I feel like I do this already, on my own accord. I enjoy other people's opinions and think it's
    helpful for other customers. It also provides insight to a product the consumer does not have.

    I would be delighted and excited to be invited to join your review team.

    Thanks
    Kim

  30. Carly Freeman
    September 14, 2015 at 9:03 pm
    • Bakari Chavanu
      September 17, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      Carly, thanks for that information. I don't receive Vine newsletters like I used to, so I'll definitely read over that information.

  31. siera_hotel
    September 11, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    I would love to be a reviewer. I have been a member of Amazon since 2003. Love the fact that they have so much to offer. Everything from Lawn mower parts to computers, books, music etc. I have never been disappointed in an Amazon product.

  32. Virginia Rogers
    May 29, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Hello, Have written several reviews, is there any other way to request invite or to increase chances?

  33. Alice
    May 16, 2015 at 12:25 am

    Anyone tried the Genesis Review Program, New Trent Pilot User Program, Gmyle lab?

    Just wanting to know if anyone has tried to check if they are legit and your experiences with them

    Thanks for your help :)

    • P s Y c H o N o V a
      September 19, 2015 at 6:44 am

      I have been testing for New Trent for over a year. Their program is legitimate.

  34. Treva
    May 10, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    So I guess when I was offered write a review of a purchased item I should he replied? I will make sure to fill out a response the next time.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      May 12, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      Treva, I think Amazon sends out those requests on a regular basis after customers purchase a product.

  35. JCrews
    April 12, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Thanx Bakari- I've come across a few of your Amazon reviews and they were actually thoughtful and useful. I rely heavily on Amazon reviews for both my online and offline purchases. I think Amazon recognizes the mammoth tool they have in posting credible customer reviews. It's a gem of a feature.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 14, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks for your feedback, JCrews. I don't spend too much time writing Amazon reviews, but I mainly do so because of how I depend upon the reviews of other Amazon customers. I’ve made quite a few buying decisions based on reviews.

  36. Carra
    April 4, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Invite by who, other members or amazon? I've always wondered

    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 7, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      Carra, it's difficult to tell how they choose reviewers. I'm not even sure if the program is as possible as it used to be. I don't receive review newsletters as frequently as I used to.

  37. Amazonseo
    March 18, 2015 at 5:50 am

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    ?Have you needed any kind of Amazon SEO service..?? As well as Product Rank up, tag list, keyword research, Verified review, seller feedback, wish list List mania, Bulk purchase etc.

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  38. Lauren
    March 13, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    This has been really helpful to me. I review on Amazon too but not a Vine member. I have always wondered about some of the things that you have shared here. Thanks. I sure hope I get to be a Vine member eventually.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      March 19, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      Thanks, Lauren, for your feedback. I'm not sure if the criteria for being selected as an Amazon reviewer has changed since I wrote this article. You might try doing a search on Amazon to see if there's been any updates. Good luck.

  39. L. Freese
    March 8, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    Would love to be a Vine reviewer....I currently help people online at no cost when they encounter a problem with merchandise. I have also solved alot of issues here on Amazon when company's blame Amazon for selling faulty products. Would love to review products!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      March 19, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      L. Freese, you might try to going on the Amazon website to see if they have updated the criteria to become a Vine member. I'm not sure if it has changed since I wrote this article.

  40. Ruth Rivera
    February 7, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    I would love to participate in you review program of merchandise. I am a federal retiree and can go out of my way when reviewing merchandise. I am aware of your rules and honesty is a strong word in my vocabulary. If I am picked for this program, I will not let you down.

    • Emily
      April 9, 2015 at 8:22 am

      People on this site can't pick you. Only Amazon and nothing you say to anyone will get you chosen.

  41. Chattykathy16
    February 2, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    I have bought anything from nail polish two toilets from Amazon. Do you have to be a vine member in order to receive free products and then review them for Amazon

    • Bakari Chavanu
      February 3, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      Chattykathy16, I'm not sure how much Amazon is still promoting the Vine Review program. I haven't received a listening of books from them in over five months. I do know that in order to be considered for the program that you have to write lots of product reviews for the site.

  42. Anonymous
    August 7, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I got an invite a while back when it was new, but didn't know that I could get free stuff to review. Any ideas on how to re-activate said invite? I don't seem to have the email, although I could dig deeper.

    • Elishia
      December 27, 2014 at 1:25 am

      Did you figure out how to be re-invited? I declined this too, I didn't know what it was :(

    • George T
      February 9, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      Your lucky you even got an invite. I guess you need to just write more reviews to get in again.

  43. Bakari
    August 6, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Well, I know you have to have an account. But I’m not sure if they would hold it against if you rarely purchased books on Amazon.

    Also, I should emphasized that the Vine program is only useful if you already write reviews. Depending on your reading tastes, there are lot of books you simply might not be interested in reading. So basically just consider the program a perk for writing reviews that you would ordinarily do anyway.

  44. Bakari
    August 6, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Well, I know you have to have an account. But I’m not sure if they would hold it against if you rarely purchased books on Amazon.

    Also, I should emphasized that the Vine program is only useful if you already write reviews. Depending on your reading tastes, there are lot of books you simply might not be interested in reading. So basically just consider the program a perk for writing reviews that you would ordinarily do anyway.

  45. Saikat Basu
    August 6, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Does one have to be an Amazon customer too? I usually research books on Amazon and then buy it from a bookstore, because it is cheaper that way.
    Either way, thanks for this info,,,really didn't know about this.

  46. Saikat Basu
    August 6, 2010 at 5:58 am

    Does one have to be an Amazon customer too? I usually research books on Amazon and then buy it from a bookstore, because it is cheaper that way.
    Either way, thanks for this info,,,really didn't know about this.

  47. Bakari
    August 6, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Cool, Alexis. Have you been able swoop up a few big ticket items for review?

  48. Alexis Coxon
    August 6, 2010 at 1:08 am

    I love Vine! I've been a member since the program started.

    • George T
      February 9, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      Lucky! I don't understand one thing though, do you return the items to get two more? or do you write a review?

    • Bridget Williams
      February 17, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      Alexis Coxon...I need some advice about a Vine member who is causing drama, since you have been a member for awhile can you help me?

    • Ann
      April 8, 2015 at 7:41 am

      could you give us a favor to review our items free of charge?

  49. Bakari
    August 5, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Mark, you should write Amazon about that. The reviews we write for Amazon help sell books. Thanks for feedback Jimmy.

  50. Mark O'Neill
    August 4, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I don't think they have the Vine scheme here in Germany. You can write reviews of course and I have been doing it for a while. But it would be nice if they rolled out the Vine scheme over here.

    • Marcus P
      August 4, 2010 at 9:36 pm

      I think it's available everywhere (for all users) but by invite only.

  51. timmyjohnboy
    August 4, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    OK, now that's some cool stuff. Get cool stuff for free and write a review about it? I'm all for that.

    Thanks for giving your recommendations, Bakari.

  52. timmyjohnboy
    August 4, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    OK, now that's some cool stuff. Get cool stuff for free and write a review about it? I'm all for that.

    Thanks for giving your recommendations, Bakari.

    • monica
      February 5, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Can someone accept me into the vine! Can you!

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