Premium Member ctlaw pointed out a fascinating recent phenomenon on the recent RAMU: fraudulent reviews of Amazon products, accomplished not through the review process, but by the seller swapping out well-reviewed products for chintzy junk that doesn’t work, leaving the positive reviews in place.
Here’s a well-done overview of some aspects of Amazon review fraud. I don’t care much for BuzzFeed, but they’re good at two things — hit and run content, and SEO.
BuzzFeed News found items across many different Amazon categories — electronics, cookware, health and personal care — that include reviews that refer to wildly different products.
This earbuds listing includes a May 15 review that reads, “If you are looking for a long lightning charger, this is the one to get.” Based on a detail in the review, it appears the charging cable was added as a product “color” variation (“Earphones 46”) to the earbud listing by the manufacturer, CaseyPop.