Amazon has worked hard to go the next level beyond typical online retailers. Folks use Amazon wishlists as default Birthday and Christmas lists. This does not mean that the items must be purchased on Amazon, but being the host of default shopping lists does not hurt sales.
Amazon is also the dominant player in product reviews. Turning away would-be reviewers who purchased items elsewhere reduces visits to their site, and directs traffic toward competing review sites (with their own ads).
Perhaps Amazon could make it easy to filter out all reviews that are not Amazon verified purchases, and give us the option that VampireDralor24 would prefer, while still allowing reviews of non-Amazon purchases for those who want it.
1. I agree with. 2. I do not. I purchase items where I can get the best price. Amazon is usually that retailer, but not always. Sometimes they simply don't have said item and another retailer does. Besides, Amazon CLEARLY labels reviews with "Amazon Verified Purchase" on the review itself.
I'm glad that it's simply your opinion and you're not making any decisions for Amazon. Zeus forbid someone who didn't buy it from Amazon warns everyone of a potentially awful product... or help people buy an extremely fantastic one.
I have been an Amazon customer for a little over 6 years now, so I am completely aware that Amazon labels verified purchases in reviews. However, the user can also choose to hide that label. So you see, whether or not the review is labeled does not prove the individual does not own the product - it doesn't mean they do, either. But all I'm saying is these people that negatively vote each review because they think they are being "dishonest" is childish and completely unnecessary, not to mention it hurts the reviewer's rating.
Anyhow, I take that back Jessie - I don't really mind people being allowed to review unverified purchases, but it really does present open doors for haters, trolls, and the like, who only want to hurt a products rating or start arguments of some kind.
I recently commented on some "troll" one-star reviews for an Audiophile CD box set. Owners of the original limited (and expensive) releases were complaining about the very existence of the box set, primarily complaining that it hurt the value of their OOP titles. These 1-star reviews said nothing about the sound quality of the CDs or other actual "review" material.
I ended up purchasing the item, but I went through a different retailer to save some money. When I put up my review, it will not be an Amazon verified purchase, but it will be legitimately based on the item.
This may sound stupid, but How can you review a product that hasn't been Released???
The PTR was just for the 2.0.1 Patch, which went live February 24th at 5PM Pacific Time and they took down the PTR 2 hours before at 3PM Pacific time in the America's. I upgraded to the patch and have all 5 difficulty levels, Paragon 2.0., Loot 2.0, and other stuff you could do in the PTR.
The ROS Expansion is for ACT V which has Malthael (I think as Final ACT V Boss), the Crusader, and a host of new Monsters and Adventure Mode (endless play getting Bounties (you can be a Bounty Hunter of sorts), and play Nephalem Rifts).
I can pull up the Crusader in the Create New Character, but it says that you must have Reaper of Souls activated before you can actually play Him/Her. The Adventure Mode button is the Game Settings (where you change Difficulty Level but states the same thing.
With what I have seen so far on the 2.0.1 Patch of what ROS will add I don't think $40 is to much, less would be better, but with the amazon gift cards I have gotten from Bing Rewards for doing just searches, and a game I play on Facebook the price is dropping (currently $32 Tax and 2-Day shipping included, Pre-Order). AMAZON DON'T LET ME DOWN!!! With 2-Day shipping I am supposed to get it March 25, Release Day so I can Activate, Get my Wings of Valor, and play just like those that have gotten the Digital Download from Blizzard! I am just putting the Boy Scout Motto to the test, BE PREPARED!!! Especially if you don't want to pay $40!!!
I came across a book on Amazon one time was rated a one star. One person had written a review on the book, and given it one star. But, the book wasn't going to be released for another month. Someone had, literally, reviewed and rated a book that they had never read. I don't blame Amazon for changing that policy. It's about time.
Phillip, it is possible to read books before their official release date via Amazon's Kindle First program so you might still see reviews before the release date here and there. I think they feature 4 books per month. Though I have seen early reviews on other products in the past and Amazon has been much better about locking that down these days.