Reputable brands Mpower and Aukey Banned from Amazon - Fake Reviews

[SIZE=7]Prime today, gone tomorrow: Chinese products get pulled from Amazon[/SIZE]
Rita Liao@ritacyliao / 2:56 AM GMT+3•May 12, 2021
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If you ever bought power banks, water bottles, toys, or other daily goods on Amazon, the chances are your suppliers are from China. Analysts have estimated that the share of Chinese merchants represented 75% of Amazon’s new sellers in January, up from 47% the year before, according to Marketplace Pulse, an e-commerce research firm.

Chinese sellers are swarming not just Amazon but also eBay, Wish, Shopee and Alibaba’s AliExpress. The boom is in part a result of intense domestic competition in China’s online retail world, which forces merchants to seek new markets. Traditional exporters are turning to e-commerce, cutting out excessive distributors. Businesses are enchanted by the tale that a swathe of the priciest property in Shenzhen, an expensive city known for its tech and manufacturing, is now owned by people who made a fortune from e-commerce export.
But the get-rich-quick optimism among the cross-border community came to a halt when several top Chinese sellers disappeared from Amazon over the past few days. At least eleven accounts that originate from Greater China were suspended, according to Juozas Kaziukenas, founder of Marketplace Pulse.

Several accounts belong to the same parent firms, as it’s normal for big sellers, those with more than a million dollars in annual sales, to operate multiple brands on Amazon to optimize sales. TechCrunch has reached out to Mpower and Aukey, whose Amazon stores are gone and were two of the most successful brands native to the American marketplace. In total, the suspended accounts contribute over a billion dollars in gross merchandise value (GMV) to Amazon, said Kaziukenas.

Amazon didn’t comment on the status of the suspended accounts, but said in a statement for TechCrunch that it has “long-standing policies to protect the integrity of our store, including product authenticity, genuine reviews, and products meeting the expectations of our customers.”
“We take swift action against those that violate them, including suspending or removing selling privileges,” said an Amazon spokesperson.
Chinese e-commerce exporters were startled by the incident. Inside WeChat groups where hundreds of sellers normally exchange business strategies, anxiety is rife and the consensus is that the targeted sellers have “crossed the line” in conducting questionable platform practices. Amazon says it shares enforcement actions directly with selling accounts.

“This isn’t the first time Amazon has shut down accounts over fake reviews and other behavior that violate its rules, but the scale of this wave is unprecedented,” said Bill Zhang, who develops and exports smart training suits through Amazon.
It’s no doubt that Amazon needs Chinese suppliers for affordable and diverse products, of which average quality has also increased remarkably in recent years. But as competition heated up among Chinese sellers, black hat tactics that were common in Chinese e-commerce became a necessity to survive on Amazon. “It’s an open secret that a lot of Chinese sellers are aggressive towards marketing,” Cameron Walker, who worked for an export trade show in China for over a decade before running a toy export business.

One of the common tricks employed by Chinese sellers is manipulating reviews, which affect how a product is listed on Amazon. This can be done by paying real buyers to leave a positive review or sending fake orders and leaving good comments through zombie accounts.
The latter approach is often delegated to agents that call themselves “product review” services, which offer a suite of resources to emulate real accounts: IP proxies, virtual credit cards, overseas addresses, any pieces of identity that can help avoid suspicion from Amazon’s fraud detection algorithms, said an executive at a payments service who works closely with Chinese exporters.

Another prevalent tactic, which perhaps poses a greater existential crisis to Amazon than fake reviews, is ways to direct buyers away from Amazon onto merchants’ own web stores. Amazon restricts merchants from collecting sensitive buyer information such as emails, but Chinese exporters find a way around: sending postcards to customers and asking them to leave reviews on their own websites.
These tricks have been around for years; what caused the sudden attack at top sellers?

Five exporters contacted by TechCrunch pointed to a data breach uncovered by SafetyDetectives, a cybersecurity firm, which contained a trove of direct messages between Amazon sellers soliciting fake reviews from buyers. The data, which implicates more than 200,000 individuals, was hosted on a server that appears to be in China, according to SafetyDetectives.

The report didn’t mention the names of the sellers involved. TechCrunch cannot immediately verify claims in the report.
Amazon did not say whether it was aware of the data breach. It, however, assured that it uses “machine learning tools and skilled investigators to analyze over 10 million review submissions weekly” and monitor “all existing reviews for signs of abuse and quickly take action if we find an issue.” It also works with social media sites to report “bad actors who are cultivating abusive reviews outside our store.”
But bad actors will likely come back even after the latest episodes of crackdowns, said the cross-border payments executive.
“Amazon is fighting an entire lucrative and tight-knit ecosystem of merchants and fake review services, not just a few big sellers.”
In recent years, Amazon has been nudging more new sellers to join and be “good brands,” observed Walker. Merchants now need to meet strict requirements for brand registries, safety testing, and insurance liability, he said.
“It’s getting more difficult and costly to run a business on Amazon.”

These challenges have encouraged hordes of exporters to diversify sales channels beyond Amazon and invest in their own Shopify-based web stores, where they get to write the rules. They are encouraged by what Shein, an independent e-commerce store that sells made-in-China apparel to overseas markets, has achieved. In the first quarter, Shein was the world’s second most downloaded shopping app, according to data provided by app analytics firm SensorTower. Many Chinese sellers dream that one day they, too, could break free from the grip of a behemoth like Amazon.

This thread is for guys like @ilonMask @Scammed by Kilimall, @magreb and even @Soprano who need to read about what happens in online market places, and why due diligence is the only solution (However hard it may seem).

Imagine uingie unapata eti mate 40 5G inauzwa $76! Ukiangalia on your extigi phablet unaona looks every bit Huawei Mate 40 kapsaa, ambapo kawaida inauzwa usd1000!!!

Oh! Now I see… after reading. Shida si eti fake products ama scamming. I think amazon dealt with that to their own satisfaction. Naona sasa shida ni fake reviews na wateja kudanganywa na kutolewa amazon to the sellers sites. Kama vile tunaingia jumia tunaiba contacts za sellers then tunaenda to their physical shops kubargain zaidi!

Operating your business on top of these platforms is like building a house on top of an active volcano .Fact -growing organically is nearly impossible and marketing costs are very prohibitive so using blackhat methods is very tempting .Don’t forget that most of the items sold there are low margin goods so its a volume business .

The worst platform though is Facebook who will shut your ad account without any warning uende ukikauka for violating vague so called advertising policies . I know people who used to spend USD 100,000 a day on Facebook and had their ad manager deactivated .Appeals fell to deaf ears .

My worst experience though was my site’s rankings tanking after a Google broad core algorithm update in 2019 took out powerful PBNs that had super charged the site to the top of SERPs .I was ranking on very competitive keywords and the site went from making an average of $10,000 a month to practically zero overnight .

Kutoka hapo nili swear mambo ya blackhat sitaki .

What does america produce IN america beside avocados,kardashians,obesity and oranges ? [SIZE=1]nauliza kwa uzuri sina noma na wadau [/SIZE]

Tutaenda Aliexpress chieth

10000 to zero? Damn pole bro.Have you managed to attain those figures to date?

It’s not just blackhat, but even if you do the right way, Google can still fuuck up with your for no solid reason.

It’s like when people start to get comfortable, they disrupt your traffic by introducing new algorithm.

But 100,000 USD a day on Facebook ads? That’s a lot of money.

If you keep listening to Google bullshit you will never get anywhere. The crap they tell people is obviously meant to make money for them and to finish you.

This is a very different case to what we were discussing in the other thread. In Kilimall saga, the company was the one manipulating reviews, contrary to this where sellers are the one doing that. Regardless of the arguments, what Kilimall did/is doing is a crime, it’s not even a matter of morality.

And Kilimall is a Chinese company. Yaani the owners of the company are Chinqus!

Being Chinese doesn’t translate to anything.

Due Diligence Qualifiers:
Did the buyer check seller’s rating? Yes
Is the seller recommended by Kilimall? Yes
Has the seller sold other similar items? Yes
Low price justification? Yes

Anything else you guys call due diligence is not normal, but experiences that cannot be objectively verified. Arguing such cases on subjectivism amounts to aiding crime. FYI, that’s the reason Amazon has purged those Chinese sellers because they have abused the system that “normal people” will always use to buy items. Unless you show me any evidence of Amazon itself aiding crime through fake reviews, @Nyamgondho’s argument is baseless

It does, Mkubwa! It does. Even their government awards its citizens good citizenship points according to how your neighbours talk about you! On AliExpress, they expressly and overtly cajole you not to leave negative opinions and instead they promise discounts for your next purchase if you leave 5 stars in your reviews for their merchandise and services! I believe that is likely what they were also doing on Amazon. Why would Kilimall, owned by them, be different in a way that they don’t care about reviews anymore?

[SIZE=5]:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D oh Lord, Bildad Bragadoccio @Sambamba strikes again![/SIZE]

[SIZE=5]@Purple pitia hapa ucheke kidogo. @Sambamba clears millions a month from facebook.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=5]@Sambamba if you make the sort of money you love bragging about we would probably kniw you by now. Because naturally you would be very famous as Kenya’s internet top money maker. You can’t hide $10,000 a month … and that is just one website and you claim to own dozens possibly hundreds of websites making similar amounts of money! [/SIZE]

[SIZE=5]Kwani ni drug cartel buda??? :D:D:D[/SIZE]

[SIZE=5]Ungekuwa unaishi Runda sio Valley Arcade. With hotels and real estate to secure your millions.[/SIZE]

Thats 10 million bob. Who is crazy enough to invest that much on facebook? Jiulize. @Sambamba hauko serious bana.

Kwani unadhani a million Kenyan shillings ni 10 bob?

We all buy and eat chinese products

Companies like Oppo, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc, that @Nyamgondho himself said never scam buyers are Chinese. There are several other Chinese businesses out there that do not deserve the “chinese” connotation we give to scammers. I have no issues sellers manipulating scores. What my concern was is that the platform itself can aid a seller fake a review. That’s a crime. Even AliExpress does not do that

@King Robert Baratheon naona umepea @Sambamba like yet you like calling people out, like you did recently with the BLM lady who was making donations to BLM as far back as 2017.

Alright I know that you and @Sambamba both love China and Biden and so you must support each other like brothers against “the enemies” , but are you going to seat there and tell me that you have not questioned @Sambamba 's fake mathematics?

Going by what @Sambamba has said in the past and now today it means that the lad makes between $250,000 to a $1 million in a good year all from his apartment in Valley Arcade.

That means that @Sambamba is one of the richest young Kenyans under 40. The guy should be on Forbes. If just one of his dozens of websites cleans a million bob a month imagine the others including his gambling sites.

Boss, na hii kizungu yako mingi mingi hivyo si you should be the type of negro who buys the latest iphone and macbook no questions asked?

Juu una kizungu mingi sana na ujuaji kama ya personal secretary to a company CEO. Mimi hukuona tu hapa mkibishana juu ya Xiaomi ya kshs 9,800 na akina jimit na nyamgondho. :smiley:

Na mnaandika paragraphs mingi sana about which is better between a huawei and an infinix.