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I was looking at dehumidifiers and something about the reviews just seems off to me.  Running a reviewmeta test on it comes back clean and to most would seem like legitimate reviews but can't help questioning it; maybe it's just me...


- All of the top reviews have 5 stars

- At least 30-40 people found just these reviews helpful.  More recent reviews, only 1-2 people found them useful.

- They're all posted within a month or two of each other.

- The top most reviews are also the oldest reviews

- The reviews read like a commercial or seem to have gone through a google translate.

- Looking at some of the other reviews these people have done also seems to be strange such as this one; untypical purchasing imo.  

Almost seems like Vine type reviews but to build an initial reputation for the product. Again I could just be reading into this too much but seemed a little weird to me.  

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I agree, this definitely looks fishy.  Immediately when you flip to the second page of reviews, the helpfulness count drops from 30+ to 1-2.  It appears that someone was trying to get these reviews to the first page.  This probably isn't the only seller engaging in something like this.

What's interesting is that I often get spam emails that look like this: 

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So I'm assuming they're flying under the RM radar because they only had a few carefully placed reviews, and then leveraged any 5-star reviews with the helpful votes pushing them to the top.  

This is one of the reasons I often recommend that people sort reviews by "recent" and read some of those.  It's hard for a seller to constantly be stuffing fresh reviews in, so often times, the most recent reviews will help show a more current picture of the product.

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Wow, and just today I got this spam email, literally 5 times:


Hello Merchant,
I’ve made an Analytics on your Amazon Product Reviews that are Converting your shoppers till SALES. So, we’d love to help you with each of your Amazon Product for their Customer Reviews that will increase your sales better than before.

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Disgusting.  I'd like to be able to rely on reviews before purchasing a product, especially off brand, and we clearly can't anymore.  It's really too bad Amazon doesn't have any protocols/ analytics in place to alert and prevent such weird behavior; but I guess upon casual observation they could appear relatively legitimate without connecting the dots. Amazon really is turning into a chinese wish.com dumping ground.   Do you think reviewmeta could maybe flag the above (your email) as questionable reviews; meaning those with abnormal 'helpful' review counts and then for the rest returning to 1-2 helpfuls. Not really sure what else could be done or how these could be flagged.

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