With Amazon, nothing is ever that simple.
For example, "Reviews from the Amazon Vine™ program are already labeled, so additional disclosure is not necessary." is not entirely accurate. I post all my Vine reviews here as well as in the UK, but I add the Vine disclosure myself. Amazon don't provide it because I am in UK Vine. The green banner appears only on my Vine reviews posted in the UK.
Also "Reviews written for any form of compensation other than a free copy of the product. This includes reviews that are a part of a paid publicity package" as written there, is ambiguous. In real life, if I give somebody money to buy something rather than buying it myself and sending it to them, it still counts as a gift. Hence the earlier thread. It was only as a result of people asking further questions that Amazon clarified thus ..... (reproduced here word for word as posted on the other thread)
The only form of compensation (payment) that Amazon allow is a free copy of the product (provided up front) in exchange for an unbiased review. Refunding of a product or providing funds to purchase the product are considered compensation and not allowed.
.... and further clarification followed later in bits and pieces .... (this is my version but retains the essence of what else was said)
Minor involvement with the product such as graphic design or additional notes (for example, the booklet notes for a CD or the foreword for a book) also count as compensation, unless these services were provided free of charge. Being the recipient of a prize related to the product also counts as compensation.
..... and none of that stuff appeared in any of Amazon's guidelines at the time, and I don't suppose they've modified those guidelines to add the clarifications they sent by e-mail to those who requested it.
Another guideline that Amazon usually enforce in the USA is about reviewing the product. Amazon UK appear to be more relaxed on this although they have the same guidelines. Somebody wrote a 1-star review of a CD just because there wasn't a track listing. I complained but the review stays up. I don't think Amazon USA would have kept the review.
Which all goes to explain why I don't ever take Amazon's guidelines at face value. It is necessary to learn which guidelines are rules, which are merely guidelines and (if possible) which might be rules or guidelines depending on whoever is at the other end making decisions.
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