Product Reviews: Fake or Real? Here’s One Way to Tell

By | February 14, 2018
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Product Reviews: Fake or Real? Here’s One Way to Tell

If you do much online shopping and if you’re like us, you rely somewhat on customer reviews. Many times we read the reviews and wonder if we can rely on them. Are they actual customer reviews or fakes? There are so many fakes reviews posted by paid trolls and by robots, it’s hard to know sometimes what to believe.

We found a site that may help you tell the real reviews from the fake reviews. Keep in mind that nothing is perfect, but this site does a good job weeding out the fakes.

It’s called Fakespot and here’s what they have to say:

Fakespot is a data analytics company committed to changing the way people shop online. We believe in the importance of user reviews. With so many online shopping options, a strong or weak product review can have a huge impact on whether or not a purchase is made. The credibility of these reviews is undermined by businesses who leave fake reviews for themselves or for their competitors – or by individuals with an undisclosed bias.

Shoppers in need of a second opinion use Fakespot when considering their next online purchase. Our patented algorithm looks for patterns to filter out reviews we think are unreliable. But don’t take our word for it – you be the judge…

Fakespot can help you with Amazon, Yelp, TripAdvisor and Apple App store reviews.

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The site is called Fakespot. All you have to do to use this site is just paste any Amazon, Yelp, Trip Advisor or Apple App store product in the form on Fakespot and click the Analyze button.

Remember, this site can help you when you’re doing online shopping especially when you are relying on customer  reviews to make a choice between products. But use this site only as a guide. Combine this with your own research and common sense – and you may be more easily able to tell the real reviews from the fake ones.

Give Fakespot a try the next time you’re relying on customer reviews to make a choice.

5 thoughts on “Product Reviews: Fake or Real? Here’s One Way to Tell

  1. Muriel Schlecht

    The site you discuss in this article looks interesting. I rarely buy from Amazon (except books). Have no need for the Apple Store. too poor to bother with TripAdvisor and should probably give Yelp a try.

    I use DuckDuckGo to search for reviews. Often I find identical reviews for the same product at several sites, so I disregard them altogether.. I find a lot of reviews at Amazon fall in that category. Typically, I search for complaints and/or problems first. cor both product. seller and manufacturer. Sometimes it’s not the product, but the seller or manufacturer’s methods of their so-called “customer service” after sale that makes up my mind where to buy a product. is a place I always include in review searches.’
    There are some sites that have different prices for different people for the identical item. Don’t know how they do that with an algorithm., or maybe they use the geographic location of my computer.

    The bottom line, don’t believe everything you read, good or bad.

  2. Cindy

    Thanks for this site! I do all my shopping from home on the computer and I rely heavily on reviews. I think this site will be very helpful!

  3. Ramona

    Thank you for the information. Again you are always keeping us aware and informed. Have a great day and blessings always!

  4. connie tyler

    Thank you for the information. I do see that it will cost $1.99 a month.if you want to use it all the time.
    connie tyler

    1. infoave Post author

      There is no charge nor even a log in for this site. You can subscribe to their newsletter (free) but it’s not required or even heavily promoted. You can also follow them on social media. But there is no charge to use the site.


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