A woman named Jessica has purchased thousands of dollars in products from Amazon over the past year. She’s given all of them a five star review in exchange for being reimbursed for the products and getting to keep them for free. Why would sellers give away their items for free? Because good reviews and a high ranking in the search option is a clearer path toward finding success on the mega online store. She uses a spreadsheet to keep track of all her purchases and sometimes has to nag for payment but she finds it all worthwhile in the end.
- Third-party selling on Amazon is so competitive that many sellers resort to cheating in order to obtain good reviews and a higher search ranking.
- There are many private Facebook groups dedicated to getting freebies in exchange for 5-star reviews.
- Rebate sites offer free or deeply discounted Amazon products, then use the fake purchases to increase the item’s sales rank.
“Earlier this year, one woman stumbled into a side hustle that’s resulted in hundreds of free Amazon products, worth tens of thousands of dollars.”