If you're the kind of shopper that likes to write reviews, you could be missing out on getting paid for your feedback. Amazon has two different programmes that reward shoppers for writing reviews about products on the site. They are called Amazon Vine and the Early Reviewer Programme.
1. Amazon Vine
The Amazon Vine programme was created to increase the availability of customer reviews on newly launched products.
How can I join Amazon Vine?
So here's the thing. Amazon Vine is an invitation-only programme. The only way to be selected is to consistently write helpful reviews, especially if you can develop and demonstrate a reputation for expertise in specific product categories.
Every review you do on Amazon, just know that Big Brother is watching and if they like your contributions, you might get lucky and be selected to join the programme.
Am I only allowed to review products I've bought?
No, you can write a review about any product you have first hand knowledge of. Certainly, you should write a review for every single product you buy but if you see a product on Amazon that you have used before and have some helpful info to share, then do so.
What's in it for me if I am selected?
Amazon Vine members get to try out free products which you will be expected to write a review on. Products are provided by publishers, labels, studios, manufacturers or any selling partner participating in the programme. best of all, you get to keep what you've been sent and that's the reward.
Do my reviews have to be positive?
Absolutley not. The Vine programme is looking for 100% honest opinions about the products, whether that's positive or negative. Remember that your reviews will be seen by real life customers who have bought the product you have tested and they can vote on the helpfulness of Vine reviews just like they can for any other review so your opinions on the product need to be truthful.
2. Early Reviewer Programme
At the time of writing this, the Early Reviewer Programme is actually not accepting new applicants but we're going to cover it just in case they restart soon in the UK.
This programme was originally set up to encourage customers who have already purchased a product to share their authentic experiences with other shoppers. These days Amazon doesn't have a problem getting people to review their purchases, hence probably why it's currently closed.
If it reopens you could get invited to write a review for a recent purchase if that product is in the Early Reviewer Programme.
Always look out for an email from Amazon after you've made a purchase because if the programme is reopened and the product you bought is part of the programme, they may invite you to add a paid review in the form of a gift card valued between £1-£5.
Other ways to get free stuff
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Still not convinced? have a look at the list of free stuff we've recently received and there are much more than what you see here.
Free stuff and samples we've recently received