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- Amazon confirmed that it has withdrawn all of RavPower’s products from its store.
- It comes days after a report that RavPower offered gift cards in exchange for reviews.
- Aukey and Mpow faced a similar fate in May.
Update June 16, 2021 (16:45 ET): Amazon responded Android authority request a comment on this story. The company confirmed that it actually removed RavPower’s product listings from the store.
In addition, it published a new blog post outlining its strict policy toward companies requesting paid Amazon reviews. While the post does not specifically mention RavPower (nor does Aukey and Mpow), it does give us at least an idea of why these companies no longer have a presence on the platform.
Original Article 16 June 2021 (14:58 ET): Add another name to the list of major phone accessory manufacturers downloaded from Amazon’s online store due to allegations of risky reviews. The edge reports that Amazon has removed all RavPower products from its stores days after Wall Street Journal revealed that the battery and charger company offered incentives for reviews.
That WSJNicole Nguyen only ordered a RavPower charger to find a $ 35 gift card offer if she left a review. While RavPower parent company Sunvalley stressed that the company did not insist on a five-star rating, it did not matter – the offer violated a 2016 Amazon policy that prevents monetary rewards for reviews. It is not clear whether the article was the sole or primary reason for RavPower’s removal.
We have asked Amazon if it can comment.
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Aukey and Mpow faced hard work in May, though these two were accused of paying for false reviews rather than incentives. The Amazon response to RavPower was also more thorough. While you can still find a few Aukey product listings, it looks like RavPower is completely gone.
The Amazon decision will not be as serious a blow to RavPower as it may be to other brands, as the gear maker has its own rather popular store. Still, it is clear that Amazon wants to set an example for companies like these. It does not want even the slightest hint that sellers are paying for reviews, even if it means pulling off some better known products. This is good for the integrity of the store, though it will add significant inconvenience the next time you shop for a charger or power supply.