Some major tech brands are missing from Amazon. This event without official explanations coincides with the discovery of a plot to get very positive reviews in the online store.
Searching for Aukey or Mpow products on Amazon is a dead end right now. None of your gadgets and devices are available. These brands famous for their sale of headphones, cables, chargers and a long etcetera, have disappeared overnight.
Without any explanation, as of Monday, May 8, searching for these and other brands in the ecommerce giant is a waste of time. Their products appear on the web, we can see their entire catalog, but not buy them. None is available, they even lead to the amazon dog page, the version of the 404 internet error, “page not found”.
Both brands are well known among techies. Their headphones and other devices appear on most pages and technology media for their value for money that attracts users so much. So what is the reason for the disappearance of brands like you are?
This unexpected disappearance coincides with the discovery of a plot to get fake reviews. The company Safety Detective revealed the leak of a database with emails and other information from users and companies that had agreed to positive comments on Amazon in exchange for free products.
The cybersecurity company does not reveal in its statement the name of those providers that had designed a whole network to get false reviews without Amazon noticing or being able to prove the purchase of users. Nor has Amazon indicated who the offenders have been., but it does confirm that it will take action: “We take action against those who violate our policies that may involve the suspension or deletion of their accounts or the initiation of legal action“.
It seems like a lot of coincidence that such renowned brands stop having products available on Amazon at the same time that this information is known. That is why some evidence of the relationship of both brands with this scam has not been long in coming to light. Corbin Davenport, a journalist from XDA-Developers has shown a message on his social networks in which Aukey was offering $ 100 in exchange for an “honest review.”
Also Esef Hamzic In Medium magazine he recounts his experience in this type of program to create manipulated comments. Explains how Mpow contacted him to be part of a VIP program in which they offered to try brand products with refund if you provide an “honest 5 star review”.