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  1. Hey Mike- It's always important to remember that both Fakespot and ReviewMeta are estimates - nobody can actually tell which reviews are fake and real as a matter of fact, although Fakespot isn't as upfront about this fact. Fakespot also doesn't share details about their analysis, so it's impossible to check their work or really know how their secret magic formula is working. I've seen Fakespot going around saying that 30% of reviews on Amazon are fake. We think this is way overblown, and put that number closer to 7-9%. Amazon itself claims less than 1%. So our understanding is that Fakespot is much more aggressive and is likely displaying a lot of false positives. Another thing to remember is that just because a product has fake reviews does not mean that it's a bad product. A Fakespot F or a ReviewMeta Fail doesn't necessarily mean the product is fake, defective or faulty. Always go with your gut and always return products on Amazon if you feel you've been deceived. Here's something we wrote about this topic a few years back and a good discussion in the comments: https://reviewmeta.com/blog/fakespot-vs-reviewmeta-for-analyzing-reviews/
  2. Yeah, that notice should still be functioning and might be a good way for us to figure out which ones are using the one-tap reviews.
  3. Yes, we are able to cover the costs of the server and a little bit extra. I haven't run the numbers in a while, but I think that I still haven't even recovered the full investment in the site (was losing money the first several years). I'm not doing this to get rich - I thought it would be a fun hobby to put together and now it's grown to a lot more than that. I still don't feel comfortable taking people's money and I'd rather them donate to the ACLU or CPJ as mentioned on the donate page: https://reviewmeta.com/donate
  4. Interesting - I personally believe that this is the wrong direction. It makes it easier to flood a product with a bunch of one or five star reviews that have zero justification, and possibly without even being able to see the reviewers behind these reviews. Makes it much harder for anyone to get a sense of whether the reviews are fake or real - maybe this is the whole point? We'll see how this goes. Amazon is still "testing" it at this point so we'll see if they keep it. My main question in terms of incorporating this change into ReviewMeta is how are they going to show to the customer the 1-tap reviews? Will it just say "400 reviews" but then they only display the reviews that have written text? Or will they display all 400 reviews, but just say "1-tap review" for each of the one-taps? I think I'll have to write a blog post on why I feel this is the wrong direction.
  5. Tommy

    1 review "one-hit wonders"

    Hello- Thanks for posting. If all the reviewers have 2 reviews, the "Reviewer Participation" test should still raise a red flag.
  6. Tommy

    Help contacting ThePriceTest?

    Hi Ted - Have you tried reaching out to the email they have listed here? https://thepricetest.com/info Can you forward me an example "fake price change" email to [email protected] Why is it that you believe they are doing something to your device in the background?
  7. Tommy

    should I trust your reports anymore

    Hello- Please see our post on the latest algorithm updates: https://reviewmeta.com/blog/0-unnatural-reviews-august-2019-algo-updates-explained/ As usual, we always recommend reading the actual reports and making a determination for yourself. In my opinion, neither of these two products seem to have reviews that look too bad - in fact, both seem to have many reviews deleted recently so they could have been "cleaned up" by Amazon in the meantime.
  8. The source of the app? I'm sure we could make it available. What changes did you want to make?
  9. Tommy

    How good is the system at spotting fraud?

    https://reviewmeta.com/blog/how-accurate-is-reviewmeta-com/
  10. Tommy

    RM vs. Non-Sold Amazon Categories

    Wow, I didn't realize that Amazon started selling full cars now. Or you're just able to "add to list" so you're not even able to buy. Definitely showing these reviews as "unnatural" on RM because they have been solicited by Amazon. I still think that's the most accurate way of showing the reports.
  11. Tommy

    Help contacting ThePriceTest?

    They said it should work now.
  12. Tommy

    DormDoc Reviews

    Thanks for the response. We've linked to this page from your brand page and all products.
  13. Tommy

    Hijackers of Inactive products

    I am asking myself this question all the time. I'm just one guy who is going off nothing but the publicly available data that Amazon displays on their site, and I'm able to flag a lot of these extremely suspicious reviews. Amazon should have figured this out A LONG TIME ago. Any of their tens of thousands of developers is probably a better coder than myself. I just don't get it. I think you're right about how it hurts both customers and the sellers who are playing by the rules. As far as creating a tool that helps sellers get notified if their listings are hijacked, I think I could put together something. The data is there, it's just a matter of trying to organize it in a way that would be organized and easy to understand. There's already been a few big news stories about this (about a year ago), however my prediction is once the story is really syndicated throughout the mainstream media, Amazon will then magically close all the loopholes. Similar to what happened with incentivized reviews in 2016.
  14. Tommy

    Help contacting ThePriceTest?

    Sure, I'll reach out to them and see if they can provide a fix.
  15. There's still a matter of publishing it through the Google Play store and managing it that I wouldn't necessarily want to "crowdsource".
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