- Amazon has pulled all RavPower products from its stores.
- This comes days after a report that RavPower was offering gift cards in exchange for reviews.
- Aukey and Mpow suffered a similar fate in May.
Add one more name to the list of major phone accessory makers pulled from Amazon’s Web store over claims of dodgy reviews. ledge reports that Amazon has to be shelved All Ravpower Products Since Her Shop Days wall street journal manifest that the battery and charger company was offering incentives for reviews.
WSJNicole Nguyen of Ordered RavPower Charger to search for a $35 gift card offer only if she left a review. While RavPower parent firm SunValley insisted that the company did not insist on a five-star rating, it didn’t matter – the offer violated a 2016 Amazon policy of excluding monetary rewards for review. It is unclear whether the article was the sole or primary reason for Ravpower’s removal.
We’ve asked Amazon if it can comment.
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Aukey and Mpow faced an action in May, though they were both accused of paying for fake reviews rather than incentives. Amazon’s response to RavPower was even more detailed. While you can still find some Aukey product listings, RavPower seems to have disappeared entirely.
Amazon’s decision won’t be as serious for RavPower as it might for other brands, as the gear maker has its own fairly popular web store. Still, it’s clear that Amazon wants to set the example of companies like these. It doesn’t want even the slightest sign of sellers paying for reviews, even if it means pulling up some of the better-known products. This is good for the integrity of the store, though it will add significant hassle the next time you’re shopping for a charger or power pack.