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Worst Vine review I've seen in a long time!! Just SAY you never used it...

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Initial post: May 26, 2012, 5:22:15 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012, 6:16:00 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012, 6:45:38 PM PDT
Why does everyone get cooler vine stuff than me? Pout Pout...

Posted on May 26, 2012, 7:03:53 PM PDT
Chandler says:
Because you said you forget to look at the list until long after it comes out. :-) I hop on Vine 15 minutes before the hour I get so excited that Vine day is here. You gotta be fast! Just in case they decide to post early, I'm there waiting in the wings.

Vine is like Christmas except often far better. I always have time for a Christmas party!

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012, 7:15:20 PM PDT
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Posted on May 26, 2012, 9:18:35 PM PDT
But for real, why have I not been invited to this party, Amazon?

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012, 11:15:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 26, 2012, 11:17:28 PM PDT
I did score some shampoo so all is not lost. I just don't know why they think I'm so interested
in baby bottles. Maybe I should become a foster parent. My problem is that I don't always
check email during the day. But I'm mostly complaining that things other people get are
not even offered to me. It is like they think I'm pregnant, a romance novel addict and
get sunburnt a lot. This is not my profile in reality. Don't they know I don't buy novels
hardly at all? Why not offer me more nonfiction? Surely what I review would give some clues
to my interests. But other than that I'm happy. I did score some headphones
recently so that was great. It is my own fault I didn't get the sewing machine.
Maybe they will offer that again.

Posted on May 27, 2012, 4:14:20 AM PDT
Chandler says:
The things that others snatch up are moved below the newsletter so maybe you are getting offered some things but others get them, then they run out, so by the time you view it the item is no longer available and has been moved.
Whenever I review a kid's book I get offered kid and baby things.

My targeting seems highly based on things I buy. When I buy some things in the home and garden section, those show up in Vine offering. If I buy food, I get offered food...if I buy some workout stuff in sports and outdoors I'm offered things in that category.

They may be just targeting you with the category of books rather than what kind of books. I get offered subjects that make no sense too

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2012, 10:08:41 AM PDT
P. B. Sharp says:
"I hop on Vine 15 minutes before the hour I get so excited that Vine day is here"

Me, too, but the big ticket items are gone before I can even click my mouse.I think some areas of the country get the email before I do. And of course one has to remember some 10,000 Vine members are all waiting with baited breath with their mouse primed to go, too!

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2012, 3:46:32 PM PDT
OK, it must be the kid book reviews then. Other people have questioned why
I review kid's books since I have no kids. I have lots of second cousins
and nieces.

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2012, 7:19:12 PM PDT
P. B. Sharp says:
"OK, it must be the kid book reviews then."
No, Rebecca-I hardly ever review kids' books, but my Vine list always contains tons of children's books, and teen books, too.

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2012, 7:35:47 PM PDT
Well maybe it was the Burt's Bees baby products I used to review and loved.

Posted on May 27, 2012, 7:50:06 PM PDT
Chandler says:
Yep! I'd be willing to bet that's it!

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2012, 8:38:41 PM PDT
Peter Faden says:
Burt's Bees make some good products. Whoda thunk those bees would be so diverse? I buy their skin moisturizer and lip balm personally. Been scoping out some of their other stuff though. Havent seen their baby products yet, but I am now curious about them.

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2012, 8:50:03 PM PDT
"Havent seen their baby products yet"

They'd be for the larvae, right?

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2012, 9:42:04 PM PDT
@L Hennessy
Very funny!

Sorry to interrupt, but what is this "Vine" you're all talking about?

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2012, 9:52:23 PM PDT
This is the UK info, but it's more or less the same, I'd guess:

"What is Amazon Vine™?
Amazon Vine™ invites the most trusted reviewers on Amazon to post opinions about new and pre-release items to help their fellow customers make informed purchase decisions. Amazon invites customers to become Vine Voices based on their reviewer rank, which is a reflection of the quality and helpfulness of their reviews as judged by other Amazon customers. Amazon provides Vine members with free products that have been submitted to the programme by participating vendors. Vine reviews are the independent opinions of the Vine Voices. The vendor cannot influence, modify or edit the reviews. Amazon does not modify or edit Vine reviews, as long as they comply with our posting guidelines. A Vine review is identified with the green stripe Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ programme.

Why do you have the Amazon Vine programme?

The programme was created to provide customers with more information including honest and unbiased feedback from some of Amazon's most trusted reviewers.

How can I join the programme?

Amazon Vine is an invitation-only programme. Vine Voices are selected based on several criteria, but primarily on the helpfulness of their reviews as judged by all other customers and by their demonstrated interest in the types of products that are featured in the programme. Customers who consistently write helpful reviews and develop a reputation for expertise in specific product categories are most likely to be invited into the programme.

How are Vine Voices selected?

We want the Voice programme to reflect the best of our growing body of customer reviewers. We invite reviewers to participate in the Vine programme based on feedback from other customers. A reviewer's rank is determined by the overall helpfulness of all their reviews, factoring in the number of reviews they have written. More weight is given to recent reviews. For more information on how reviewer rankings are determined, please visit How Ranking Works. Ultimately, Vine Voices become eligible based on the value and trust other customers place in the Voices' ability to provide helpful and insightful reviews. In addition to the reviewer rank, we also weigh customers' demonstrated interest in products similar to those enrolled in the Vine programme. This facilitates product reviews by people who are familiar with the category they belong to. For example if a Vine Voice mostly purchases and/or reviews home and garden products, it is more likely they will be offered similar products.

Where does Amazon get the products?

Products are provided by publishers, labels, studios, manufacturers or any vendor participating in the programme.

Are Vine Voices expected to write only positive reviews?

No. We welcome honest opinion about the product - positive or negative. Of course Vine reviews must conform to all our posting guidelines. Customers can vote on the helpfulness of Vine reviews just like they can for any other review.

Are Vine Voices paid for writing reviews or pressured to write favorable reviews?

No. Voices are not paid to participate in the programme and write reviews. Voices are selected to participate based on their helpfulness of reviews voted on by other Amazon customers. Once they are invited into the programme, to maintain their status as a Vine Voice, they have to review at least 80% of the products they select and to remain among the top-ranked reviewers on Amazon.

If a Vine Voice writes a negative review, will it impact his or her reviewer ranking?

No. Writing a negative review will not impact a Voice's reviewer ranking. A reviewer's ranking is determined by the number of helpful votes from other customers. Customers tend to value substantive, informative, detailed and objective reviews, regardless of whether the review is positive, negative, or neutral.

Do Vine Voices receive products before they are released?

Yes. Some participating vendors will enroll pre-release products for Voices to review prior to launch.

Can the participating vendors contact or otherwise influence Vine Voices?

No. All Vine products are submitted by vendors to Amazon, and distributed by Amazon to the Vine Voices. Vendors have no contact with the Vine Voices, and have no influence over which Vine Voices will review their products."

Hope that helps - I'm off to bed :)

Posted on May 27, 2012, 10:40:33 PM PDT
@L Hennessy

It helps. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012, 4:00:24 PM PDT
I don't think most of the Burt's bees baby products would be good for guys. The fragrances are
sort of girly. I do like their Buttermilk soap. However, I've been lured away by LUSH! LUSH is a
Canadian store that makes products with lots of essential oils. Everything is heavenly scented.
They do have a few products for guys. They used to sell their products here but seem to have
pulled them in the last few months. Not sure why - maybe they just were not selling well
at amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012, 5:39:16 PM PDT
Peter Faden says:
It is true that they cater largely to women, but there are definitely a few good ones for us guys. They seem quite popular here and are well represented everywhere, from Whole Foods to Wal-Mart. Havent seen any baby products though.
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Posted on May 29, 2012, 6:19:19 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 29, 2012, 6:19:45 PM PDT
at work I really cannot get to Vine until a few hours late

and really could find only one item even worth thinking about ordering this time

used to be great

now it runs a bit thin

seems like all the harley davidsons are gone by the time I get there

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012, 10:15:58 PM PDT
J. Edgar,
Did you send in a nice request? Are you checking the link every so often?

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2012, 7:55:31 AM PDT
Yes, and received a form e-mail.
Yes, and I keep learning that vine is an invitation-only program.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2012, 8:31:00 AM PDT
Ciaran says:
Don't worry J. Edgar - I'm currently ranked 304 with a 96% helpful rating and over 1,000 positive votes and I'm still seeing:

C'est la vie, I'm afraid.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2012, 2:37:53 PM PDT
to be vine one must needs write eloquently, even elegantly, like myself
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