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dgsunder
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Video ebay reviews...?

Hi guys! I was wondering if using one's own accounts on other websites (amazon or ebay kind of thing) is actually prohibited by Upwork. I applied to a post looking for someone to make short videos reviewing products. I figured they would just post the videos themselves, but the client told me they were looking for freelancers to upload them onto their own amazon accounts. Bleh. Not really what I wanted to do... and of COURSE, not anything they stated in the job description...
Anyway, I don't think I'm going to do it regardless, but I am curious if anyone has any idea if using freelancer's accounts is actually prohibited or just discouraged. 
Thank you!

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dgsunder
Member

Sorry, should be "video Amazon reviews"!

Diana, a client is asking that you create video reviews of products and upload them, using your own account on sites such as Amazon and eBay.

 

The client is NOT asking for your account information and is NOT asking you to create any fake accounts.

 

I don't know if it is prohibited. I don't think it is. I don't think it should be.

 

I can easily see how some people might think this gets into a "gray" area.

 

But I do not think Upwork should try to ban every job that gets into a "gray" area.

 

I think it is far more important to eliminate jobs from "clients" who are trying to scam Upwork contractors.

 

The primary consideration regarding job postings and clients is whether or not they are dealing fairly with contractors and paying them what they agree to pay them.

 

There are some specific types of jobs that Upwork prohibits, but it should be Upwork that makes that determination, and not contractors... both in determining what is allowable and also in policing those jobs.

Asking for honest reviews is ok.

 

Asking for fake accounts and using them for fake reviews is not ok. 

 

They are asking for you to use your real account because it looks more natural. 

 

If it's one review per product and it's honest, I don't see a problem. Just be careful if they get into the fake reviews side of things. Amazon actually started suing fake review companies.

menikhildesai
Member

Greetings Diana,

 

Creating a video review and posting it on sites seems harmless enough to me. However, there is also a small catch...what if the client wants you to provide favorable reviews for his products? If that's the case, then your review would be misleading for gullible customers and I wouldn't do such a job, just as a matter of principle.

 

If the client wants you to create an actual unbiased review video, then I don't think Upwork will sweat a lot over it as long as the contract is formalized and dealt on Upwork platform itself.

 

Cheers!!

Thanks for your input, everyone. They were pretty clear that they wanted positive reviews... and they were going to provide me with the product, but I think I am just going to skip it. It's not paying very much anyway, and I don't think it's worth it to have to offer my address (for them to send me whatever it is) and then potentially mess up my amazon account with spammy looking reviews. 
Thank you all!

Diana,

Thanks for the update and additional details.

 

This is marketing, you knew that.

 

The great thing is you have total freedom to choose whether or not to work on that project.


@Diana S wrote:

Thanks for your input, everyone. They were pretty clear that they wanted positive reviews... and they were going to provide me with the product, but I think I am just going to skip it. It's not paying very much anyway, and I don't think it's worth it to have to offer my address (for them to send me whatever it is) and then potentially mess up my amazon account with spammy looking reviews. 
Thank you all!


Probably a good idea. ๐Ÿ™‚  If they want you to do ebay reviews on amazon, they are likely dropshipping and you want to avoid those people. Amazon is stricter than ebay and they are not huge fans of arbitraging between amazon and ebay especially if they are using prime to ship. You don't want your account caught up with their mess.

 

 

resonantfish
Member

According to FTC regulations, you MUST disclose any "material connections" to any item you review. It's illegal to write any reviews, positive or negative, without disclosing that you either a) got the item for free or b) are being paid to write about it.

https://www.ftc.gov/sites/default/files/attachments/press-releases/ftc-publishes-final-guides-govern...

Sweet. I broke the law like 20 times. I wonder if the po po will show up at my door.

 

I'm like Amazon review gangsta. I'ma get a face tattoo next.

There is such a thing as personal ethics. Something that seems to escape many people.  Strauss-Kahn springs to mind as does Bernard Tapie - I am sure there must be others - but hey, one man's ethics is another's poison, and after all rules apply to some and not to others.

 

Judge not lest ye be judged.

 

So everybody is happy.

I'm a fan of Nietzsche. 

 

Altruistic acts for sale right here on Upwork.

If the FTC didn't say that writing product reviews without disclosing material interest was against their rules, would that make it okay?

 

I'm more concerned with right and wrong, versus what the FTC or some other government organization posts on a  website.

 

If the FTC told you it was illegal to speak out against injustice, would you insist we all obey?

 

That may sound crazy to you, but there are plenty of governments even today which ban speech that we take for granted in the United States.

Obviously it's 100% wrong. I mention the FTC because it's both morally and legally wrong at the same time.

Some people need that little bit of fear to motivate their morality.