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Nearly every online retailer has some kind of user review system that allows people to offer public feedback on what they bought, whether it was as advertised, and whether it was worth it. This deters sellers from scamming innocent customers 5 eBay Scams To Be Aware Of 5 eBay Scams To Be Aware Of Being scammed sucks, especially on eBay. You invest all of that time into selling a particular product or you spend a lot of time researching the perfect item, complete the transaction, and then… nothing. The... Read More .

But what about fake reviews? They certainly exist and they can be hard to spot The Scourge Of The Web: Fake Reviews & How To Spot Them The Scourge Of The Web: Fake Reviews & How To Spot Them "User reviews" are actually a pretty recent phenomenon. Before the prevalence of the Internet, user reviews were called testimonials, and you’d only see them on TV commercials and product pages. Nowadays, anyone can write anything... Read More , especially on Amazon where fake reviews are rampant.

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No matter how observant and smart you think you are, you’ve probably fallen for a few before. And no, just because a reviewer has “Verified Purchase” next to their name doesn’t mean that their review is genuine!

Sellers now hire people to buy items and post fake reviews 4 Ways Online Reviews Are Being Manipulated By Manufacturers 4 Ways Online Reviews Are Being Manipulated By Manufacturers Manufacturers and companies actually manipulate reviews in a variety of ways right here on the Internet. It's all about good press, of course. However, some ways are sketchier than others as you'll soon be able... Read More , which in turn deceives people like you and me into thinking that certain items are better than they really are.

They influence us to spend money on things we shouldn’t buy 5 Tech Habits You Should Cultivate If You Want to Save Money 5 Tech Habits You Should Cultivate If You Want to Save Money Cultivate these 5 habits to make sure you save money and get the gadgets and hardware you've been lusting after. Read More and that ends up hurting our wallets in the long run.

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That’s why you need to start using Fakespot, a website that checks an Amazon product page and grades the user reviews based on how “fake” they seem. All you need to do is copy-paste the product page URL. That’s it.

So the next time you’re looking at user reviews on Amazon, run it through Fakespot and see if you can trust what they’re saying. Fakespot isn’t perfect, but it can give you a good idea of what you’re dealing with.

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Have you tried Fakespot before? What do you think of it? Do you think fake reviews are a serious problem? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. James
    June 17, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    You can also run a full detailed review analysis on the product by copying and pasting the URL into ReviewMeta.com.

    • Joel Lee
      June 24, 2016 at 1:32 am

      Thanks James! Didn't know about that one. :)

  2. fcd76218
    June 7, 2016 at 12:19 am

    "How to Know If You Can Trust an Amazon Product’s Reviews"
    Simple. You can't.

  3. Plus_muchmore
    June 6, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I totally agree with ken Mitchell . Amazon are excellent in sorting out problems with faulty goods or dissatisfied customers, not like eBay!

  4. Ken Mitchell
    June 6, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    The counter to purchasing crappy stuff from Amazon based on fake reviews is to send the defective merchandise back. In my experience, Amazon support has been outstanding; on the few occasions when I've been dissatisfied with a purchase from Amazon, they've given me precisely NO hassle at all in returning or replacing the item. Even clothing; I bought a pair of shoes that didn't fit, and they replaced them with the correct size.

    That's one of the reasons that I do most of my shopping through Amazon; it's problem free!

    • Plus_muchmore
      June 6, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      Very well put.

    • Joel Lee
      June 9, 2016 at 12:53 am

      Yes! The free returns for Amazon are very useful for mitigating risk. Thanks for bringing that up. Make sure the item is "fulfilled by Amazon" and "eligible for free returns" otherwise Amazon may not accept it. Otherwise, great tip. Thanks Ken.

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