Over the past few months Auntie Ammy’s been doing some serious housecleaning by way of purging accounts and suspending reviewing privileges of those they believe to be engaging in unethical practices such as review swapping, coupon clubbing, non-disclosure of free products as per FTC guidelines, and the like. Note the key word “privileges”; it’s not your constitutional right to review on Amazon even if you think you “haven’t broken any laws” (sic). It’s their site and if they don’t want you doing something, that’s THEIR right- no one else’s. If you don’t like it, you have a constitutional right not to use their site. See how that works?
A lot of people have been coming out of the woodwork on the Amazon Forums crying foul about suddenly getting burned. One of my online buddies, Maine Colonial, started a thread to explain exactly what the problem is- as if they didn’t already know- and why no one wants to hear it anymore. Many who’ve read it have come away with a better understanding of what’s happening, including a few knuckleheads who want to keep sniping and snarling at everyone from their now-empty profiles. Below is the text of their OP, but first some context about posting on Amazon.
REVIEWS, COMMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS, AND OTHER CONTENT
Visitors may post reviews, comments, photos, videos, and other content; send e-cards and other communications; and submit suggestions, ideas, comments, questions, or other information, so long as the content is not illegal, obscene, threatening, defamatory, invasive of privacy, infringing of intellectual property rights (including publicity rights), or otherwise injurious to third parties or objectionable, and does not consist of or contain software viruses, political campaigning, commercial solicitation, chain letters, mass mailings, or any form of “spam” or unsolicited commercial electronic messages. You may not use a false e-mail address, impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise mislead as to the origin of a card or other content. Amazon reserves the right (but not the obligation) to remove or edit such content, but does not regularly review posted content.
If you do post content or submit material, and unless we indicate otherwise, you grant Amazon a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, perform, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such content throughout the world in any media. You grant Amazon and sublicensees the right to use the name that you submit in connection with such content, if they choose. You represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the content that you post; that the content is accurate; that use of the content you supply does not violate this policy and will not cause injury to any person or entity; and that you will indemnify Amazon for all claims resulting from content you supply. Amazon has the right but not the obligation to monitor and edit or remove any activity or content. Amazon takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any content posted by you or any third party.