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There's still only one review site for me!
Member Name: magenta23
Advantages: $2 per review...if you're lucky
Disadvantages: The 'bulk rate' system, the lack of community, the rudeness of staff
I signed up for Review Stream from a recommendation on dooyoo. I have since read many other reviews from dooyoo members and it's a bit of a mixed bag. I guess this site has worked for some people. For me, I couldn't have a lower opinion of it and the rude, arrogant monkeys who run it.
Basically, it's a US site that works similarly to dooyoo, you write reviews, you get paid for them. It is all a bit messy on this site however, and things don't work quite as smoothly. You don't have a profile and login like you do here, instead you sign in by being logged into your email account. I found this all a bit strange, and cold. There is definately no community spirit whatsoever here. You write under a penname which can even be changed for each review, which I thought was bizarre.
You can write reviews on anything. You don't have to find the product, or suggest it if it isn't there like on dooyoo. Instead you simply type in the name or the product in a box above your written review. I guess in a way this is good for the writer. Dooyoo's downfall is how long the suggestions take to go through sometimes, and with review stream you can get writing straight away. However, lets not get away from why we write these reviews in the first place. It's all about consumer informaton, right? So say I wanted to read a review on a certain product, the fact that all the reviews on a product are under slighty different names is going to make it harder for me to find what I'm looking for. This is typical of the site. It's just not very well organised at all.
Reviews have no minumum word count, so write as sloppy reviews as you like. (There are some awful ones on here.) You rate the product out of 10 rather than 5, which I liked better, sometimes on here, I just want to give a 4 1/2! Once submitted, you are sent an email confirmation and it's 72 hours before you hear if it's been accepted and what they are going to pay you, if anything. They lure people in to start writing with their $2 per review. In addition to this however, they have a bulk rate of 40 cents if they don't think your review is worth the $2 rate. When you submit your review you can check a box which says 'I'm ready to get paid at the bulk rate' which means you are willing to accept the 40 cents if they don't think it good enough to be paid $2. If you do not check this box and they don't pay you premium rate, you get nothing.
I submitted around five reviews before I was kicked out (I'll come to that in a minute). One of them, an electronics review was awarded the $2, all the rest were given the bulk rate. I have to disagree that the electronics one was the best review but they are very biased on the subjects you submit. Travel and electronics will get you far. Anything else don't expect anything more than a measly 40 cents.
The other thing with this site is it wants exclusive rights to your reviews. They cannot be posted anywhere else other than review stream. I thought this was fair enough and started sharing my new reviews between dooyoo and review stream.
The problems started I wrote a review on my laptop and submitted this to them. Admittedly I've written a review on this subject before, however I've had this computer a few years now and so could offer more information and personal experience. I knew review stream wanted new reviews, they didn't state that you couldn't have covered a product in a review previously. I thought my review was clear, informative and I was rather proud of it!Knowing they like electronics reviews I thought they were bound to give me $2 for this one.
To my horror, I received a short, blunt email from review stream three days letter which simply said that I was a fraudster, that my review was previously submitted a on Ciao (and provided a link), that my account was closed and that they would not cooperate with me any more. I did join Ciao many moons ago and posted some of my early, terrible dooyoo reviews on there. I only visited once or twice and hated it, and have never been back since. (My thought son ciao I'll leave until another time!) I definately have not gone on there to rip off someone's review. I clicked on the link and nothing, Ciao had a message up saying the page did not exist so I'm still none the wiser on this review I'm supposed to have ripped off. If they have indeed found my old Ciao account, I still don't see how they can accuse me of fraud. The review I wrote for them, was new regardless of whether the subject matter was the same.
In review streams email they claimed my 'account' (although you don't really have an account do you) was closed, however I was still able to login through my email, my picture was still on the site and my reviews we there to be read. I was fuming. They accused me of being a fraud, kept my reviews and now were not going to pay me for anything I'd submitted so far.
Payout on review stream is done by Paypal, once you've reached the $50 threshold. I'd only 'earned' $5 but that was still a lot of my time writing reviews for them for nothing.
I emailed them, to contest their accusations and informed them their link did not work. I recieved a reply 24 hours later which said nothing but the following "Obviously you're a cheater and you know that. We're not interested in cooperation with you." Not obvious to me, review stream.
Furious, I emailed them back to make a complaint. Admittedly now, it was in the heat of the moment, I shouldn't have bothered. I knew they would not accept anything I said and they 'obviously' had their own agenda. I was not expecting the reply I got however, which directly called a not only a cheater, but a stupid cheater! I can not understand how they can get away with speaking to people the way that they do. It's a difficult one as I'm not really a 'customer' to them and not a worker either. It seems this type of company does not fall into any category where you have a higher power to complain to. They answer only to themselves and as such can be as downright rude as they like. I've never been spoken to as rudely by any company I've dealt with, regardless of the issue in hand. Even if I was a cheat, I would have though a company who is all about good quality writing (supposedly) could construct their replies politely with some integrity rather than resorting to name calling. I wonder would they speak to aggressively if I wasn't over the other side of the world, just a thought.
It seems to me these people just don't want to pay out. I have seen many comments on the site of people that have done well and been paid out to. I guess they need some good feedback to keep people coming in. Maybe they didn't like the fact I was sending in good reviews and regulary. Maybe I was to be too expensive for them. Who knows.
To sum up, there is still only one review site and that's dooyoo. Apart from the rude emails and accusations, review stream's site is clumsy, they don't pay as well as they promise and there is no community spirit. If you are one of the lucky ones it may be worth a try, there are reviews on here from people who have made some money from it. For me, dooyoo pays better financially and in the praise and support from other members.
Summary: Don't bother