Especially when it comes to product reviews.
So, here’s some news you can use…
Well, at least it is useful news for me.
And by it, I’m referring to the fact that in order to be able to post a review on any of Amazon’s products — for example: a review for a favorite book — one must have spent a minimum of $50 (or your country’s currency equivalent, I’m assuming) within the past twelve months.
EligibilityAmazon Community Guidelines
To contribute to Customer features (for example, Customer Reviews, Customer Answers, Idea Lists) or to follow other contributors, you must have spent at least $50 on Amazon.com using a valid credit or debit card in the past 12 months. Promotional discounts don’t qualify towards the $50 minimum. You do not need to meet this requirement to read content posted by other contributors or post Customer Questions, or create or modify Profile pages, Shopping Lists, Wish Lists or Registries.
I had no idea there was a spending requirement in place to be able to write a product review.
It just may be the explanation as to why a couple of readers of my lasted novel weren’t able to post reviews recently.
Farther down in the guidelines I also noticed another relatively important tidbit to us authors trying desperately to drum up reviews for our work…
Book authors and publishers may continue to provide free or discounted copies of their books to readers, as long as the author or publisher does not require a review in exchange or attempt to influence the review.
For more information and examples, read About Promotional Content.
Whoops . . .
It appears a certain someone may have to modify things if this certain someone happens to have another certain giveaway in the uncertain future.
*Amazon if you’re monitoring me right now I just want you to know that I am a happy and obedient subject and completely subject to your command
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