Years ago I was blocked from reviewing anything and everything on Amazon.com–including all the products that I buy–not just books.
Amazon refuses to reinstate all of my reviews or allow me to leave reviews on products that I purchase because they believe that somehow I violated community guidelines. My guess is that somehow they discovered that I have a book blog (or read for NetGalley and other ARC websites) and believe my reviews to be biased. Although, I’ve seen people actually mention that they’ve received books from NetGalley in their Amazon.com reviews, and they’ve not been removed. I don’t have a clue what caused this to happen and haven’t been given an explanation as to why since the beginning.
Like many others I know, an immense amount of our family income is spent on Amazon.com. My family has been Amazon Prime members from the jump. We purchase thousands of items on Amazon from groceries, books, movies, toys, pet products, clothes, health products–you name it.
I don’t like supporting Amazon.com, and I feel bitter about what they’ve done to me and others–leaving us no explanation. It doesn’t seem like they care about buyers leaving honest reviews on products at all. Being that Amazon.com is the largest Internet company by revenue in the world, they should have someone running investigations on the so-called ‘violators with crooked reviews’ because I know other honest reviewers who’ve been blacklisted for no reason as well.
As billionaire Jeff Bezos launches human spaceflights time and time again, Amazon.com refuses to speak with me about this reviewing matter, and it’s infuriating. My point is: I’m no longer sharing Amazon.com links here. Unless Amazon.com reinstates the reviewing process for me, I’m not linking the books I review to Goodreads.com (Amazon subsidiary) or Amazon.com any longer. It will be inconvenient to readers and may even hurt authors, but I just can’t bring myself to support book purchases for this company any longer. I will still review books on Goodreads.com because it’s really the only platform I feel comfortable using for books.
How important is it for you to have Amazon.com book links on blog posts? Have you or someone you know been blocked from reviewing on Amazon.com? Feel free to share your thoughts below.