When you shop on Amazon, how do you determine a good product from a bad one? Reviews! People write reviews based on their opinions of products. But how would you be able to trust these reviews if you found out that some were deleted? Amazon employees are now taking bribes for such tasks as well as others that might surprise you!
Amazon is investigating their employees for taking bribes for manipulating sales on the site. Employees were getting paid from $80 to $2,000 for internal data and other confidential information.
“We hold our employees to a high ethical standard and anyone in violation of our Code faces discipline, including termination and potential legal and criminal penalties,” according to the released statement.
Some employees provided confidential company data to third-party sellers for as low as $80 at times. For higher payouts around the $300 range, employees have deleted negative product reviews from Amazon. For a five-review minimum, the demand was $1,500 for the service.
“We have zero tolerance for abuse of our systems and if we find bad actors who have engaged in this behavior, we will take swift action against them, including terminating their selling accounts, deleting reviews, withholding funds, and taking legal action.”
There are more than two million merchants selling about 550 million products on Amazon. Independent merchants can use this information to gain an advantage on the website. This information is composed of internal sales metrics, reviewers’ email addresses, the ability to delete negative reviews and restore the accounts of banned users.
China is on Amazon’s radar, as the number of sellers from the country has noticeably risen. There are some midlevel Amazon employees in China that have the ability to remove negative reviews and write reviews for consumers who have bought a product.
As consumers depend on reviews, especially when shopping online, they trust that accurate information is being reported. If Amazon employees are being paid off to eliminate negative reviews, consumers will buy products that may not be up to their standards.
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