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The Downfall of Amazon: Dangerous Products, Fake Reviews & Vanishing Brands

The Downfall of Amazon: Dangerous Products, Fake Reviews & Vanishing Brands

The Downfall of Amazon: Dangerous Products, Fake Reviews & Vanishing Brands





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  • @rossmanngroup Reply

    Someone is working on something that seems to be in early production, but a very cool solution to this on amazon. Please check it out and provide feedback. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/amazonbrandfilter/

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @Baumeister40 Reply

    I appreciate your rant. I think Home Depot is not the alternative. Find a distributor without public access to the inventory

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @rhydlew Reply

    As those are electrical products, there is another name for those; dangerous. If a crimped cable simply pulls loose, that is extremely dangerous. Amazon is selling not only defective products, but dangerous products

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @endautrestermes Reply

    I concur. Numerous Cooking and BBQ temperature probes : innacurate temp from the start, some dislocating. Faber Castel pen : turned out to be a fake. Charging cables : low speed charging and breaking easy. Electric carboot fridge : not cold enough and spreading weird chemical (toxic?) smell when the engine was active. USB charging port : weak and break easy. Honing stone: utter garbage. Silicon sport watch : went dead after the 3rd session out running. Security cam : recording corrupted output vids. And the list goes on. I had that addiction for 3-4 years, then I stopped Amazon completely.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @jayhjoon Reply

    I canceled my Amazon subscription in July and haven’t looked back since, after years of shopping on Amazon. I just can’t look past the labor abuse and all the other injustices, plus the ways in which Amazon is toxic to whole industries.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @YTSparty Reply

    Yep. Even brand names are junk on Amazon. I bought a Cuisnart coffee maker on Amazon, wouldn't work out of the box. Was told I'd have to pay for shipping to return it. A bunch of complaints of similar in reviews but majority were 5-star fakes. I rarely ever use Amazon any more.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @Lyokou Reply

    I haven’t been an Amazon prime customer for 2 to 3 years at this point. I buy directly from the manufacturer or eBay. The funny thing is, when I compare prices between Amazon and eBay, the eBay price has always been cheaper. Sure the shipping isn’t at my door that day, but if I needed that I just go to the store, but that’s not too often.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @LizzyChoppe Reply

    Wish I could stop using Amazon but I'm not paying a 25% premium to buy anything at a best buy and half the time it's more expensive on newegg, and I'm not really someone who can afford to just spend the extra 30 dollars when I only have so much to spend on PC upgrades

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @wyrdlg Reply

    Abnormal high heart rate while crimping?

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @Liam1694u Reply

    I love the bodega comparison. You are absolutely right. Amazon has become the corner bodega of the online shopping world.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @juliegranzow8450 Reply

    I agree! Amazon started out good but in the last couple of months I noticed it going down. All of a sudden, things started shipping from all different kinds of places and through any shipping company. Now, I have a lost package (Well i say stolen) by the United States Post Office. And its actually 2 packages missing by the United States Post Office. The employee of the USPS handed me one package and claimed he shipped 3. He kept em. No more Online Shopping for me. Ever. And since Amazon changed, Im done with them.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @upinarms79 Reply

    I've long suspected it's because Amazon has made deals with these Chinese manufacturers and their distributors, and of course brand name manufacturers that have US-based and other non-Chinese distributors can't compete with their prices and fake reviews and get driven out. I firmly believe their reviews are nearly all fake, and Amazon knows this, but does absolutely nothing to stop it. I've even had some of these companies send me products that I didn't order out of nowhere weeks after legitimately purchasing something else from them off of both eBay and Amazon. After contact them and having them claim ignorance, I did a little research and found out that it's done as part of a review scam process in case anyone tries to trace the reviews. They're always from Chinese-based sellers with distribution warehouses in the US. Amazon and eBay of course seem to want to do nothing when you try to contact them about it.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @marysbigpimp Reply

    I avoid amazon all i can. But last year i couldn’t find a product i needed in any stores and was left to buying on amazon.
    The item was placed on top of my 6’ bookshelf and one day got knocked off and fell to the floor. A plate that was hot glued broke off but i glued it back on (reheated the glue n stuck) and it still functioned perfectly…. Moral? It’s a gamble, you may get junk or might get good stuff. As long as we know that’s what the gamble is.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @Mitsunee_ Reply

    I've purchased a bunch of phone arms, really like the ones with a joint instead of the ones you can twist, bend and likely break at any spot. At some point I had finally settled on one I actually like, until then I had returned every single one, well knowing these go from the post office straight to the trash bin. My phone arm ended up literally snapping after a while of heavy use (literally kept the phone in there while playing rhythm games, big mistake), so I tried to get a replacement and was told to keep the broken product and they'd send me a new one. I ended up unscrewing the joints and making a shorter phone arm that now attaches to the monitor platform of my desk. The replacement also arrived and now I have two useable phone arms for different usecases for the price of one and lost every company involved money in the process.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @jndassaro Reply

    Lois- you are 100% correct. I have been ordering from Amazon since they only sold books. I noticed exactly what you described. From selling branded reliable products that have been proven to now only (or mainly) cheap knockoff products that can get you killed in some cases. I have to spend a lot more time trying to find reliable products, rather than throw away products. I was also part of the Amazon review program for many years and I have my doubts about how that program is managed and I never trust "vine reviews". These vine reviewers are worried about whether too many negative reviews of free products will get you booted and there is an unhealthy loyalty to Amazon in exchange for free products. Say something bad about the program, and hundreds, if not thousands of vine reviewers, will attack you in the forums.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @maddockemerson4603 Reply

    I don’t think I’ve ever actually gotten a completely useless item from Amazon, but I am wary and don’t buy from them unless I really can’t find what I want locally. I also haven’t bought anything as specialized as electronic components.

    Last thing I bought was a set of exercise resistance bands so I can get some pulls in to my habits; they feel kind of cheap and I have my doubts about the accuracy of the weights they’re marked with, but everything works and nothing has snapped yet.

    I guess Amazon is also fine if you buy things with a protected Intellectual Property like books, games, movies, etc.; there’s not much risk in getting a cheap 3DS by a garbage company because only Nintendo can make a 3DS, which is something I bought from Amazon last year in addition to a bunch of games that actually arrived cleaner than most of the used DS/3DS cartridges from my local game stores.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @CupCakeArmy1 Reply

    Gotta love these click baity titles. "The Downfall of Amazon", "The Death of bla bla bla"

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @yxcvmk Reply

    3:50 – Now I am curious. So far I assume that HomeDepot – in case of items like these connectors – repackages the same stuff from the same manufacturers which can be found on Amazon… Curious what you "uncover" in the next minutes 🙂
    5:00: I looks like the wire on the right side cable is stripped somewhat short, and with that the crimp might be suboptimal…?
    5:55: OK, THIS was unexpectedly bad. Wow!

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @Pro4TLZZ Reply

    Thanks Louis, I certainly spent less on Amazon this year. It feels good.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @darkegress4392 Reply

    Amazon refused to allow me to review a shower head with a hose that burst shortly after use. So many negative reviews were coming in they said something was suspicious about the reviews! Of course Amazon allowed the vendor to sell the flawed product after buyers reported the high failure rate.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @crewinXeagles Reply

    one thing I've noticed about these cheap chinese brands that have taken over amazon, is that they all have names of random letters in all caps like NYOOM, ABBRE, CRRYNI

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @1989DieJay Reply

    Yes you need to do your research before buying anything on any plattform there is so much junk on every shop. But the research is sometimes hard too because of fake-test-sides. Its a plague.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @Itslvle Reply

    "5 stars arrived quickly, haven't opened the package yet but looks good"
    "1 star I ordered the wrong part"
    And the people ordering a 2 dollar crowbar are a very different clientele than the ones who order the 100 dollar crowbar so you can't even compare the ratings in any real meaningful way.
    You need a certain amount of expertise to use Amazon properly just like you do with using Google efficiently. Or more so. The Chinese are out in droves with their crappy products and Amazon is too much of a capitalist POS to turn away money if the facade looks nice.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @Alfadrottning86 Reply

    The problem goes deeper. It is the TEMU problem … customers are – by and large – selfish and stupid. They will "get used" to "cheap" and expect "cheap" prices as a new normal. We also have a sort of complaint society today … if something is wrong, complain and get reimbursed. If you dont get what you want at first .. complain louder – go on social media – have influencers amplify you – even if it your own selfishness and fault.

    So, yes, it is a race to the bottom – and the selfish customer will be the one that will ultimately suffer from it – but the worst part of it is … the customer will never take responsibility for those consequences but will always keep blaming others.

    It really is similar to the race to the bottom of poor food. (looking at Americans mostly) – eating garbage fast food that many people in other countries would not want to feed their animals .. getting fat – and instead of taking responsibility for the consequences (obesity, obesity related health problems and social problems) – they blame others.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @MiGujack3 Reply

    I can barely set the seller to be amazon directly without specifying a lot of things.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @jgjtpw Reply

    Here's the thing: You can really quickly "market" something under a brand name, and it costs absolutely nothing. So, what do the chinese do? They register a new company/brand, they create a new seller account, start selling whitelabel clothing and then do dropshipping through Amazon, which will happily take care of their product. And when it comes time where Amazon closed their seller account, then their return address is some unluckly lady in the middle of the USA…

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @spankynater4242 Reply

    Amazon isn't cheaptr than brick and mortar stores.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @901help2 Reply

    I find that when I have a qualm or negative review, Amazon takes ages to approve it (assuming it's some BS seller protection service), or doesn't approve it at all either at request of the seller or "incomplete details". Meanwhile, positive reviews are automatically posted, and seem to be an excessive plethora comparatively, even for junk trash products.

    Additionally, I've seen non-American brands with singular items, their name is essentially a jumble of text and they simply switch at the drop of a hat such that the item i brought is now branded dofferebtly then the advettized item wheb I go to review… its inaane. its a trash website for sure.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @raimonds.L Reply

    I bought a PC char that looked good and had very good reviews. Received a chinese crap and had to return it

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @thewipshow4141 Reply

    Amazon continues to sell used products as new, then makes you jump through hoops for returns.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @GM-gz8tz Reply

    Your content raises some questions – why does your video cuts, incomplete cable insertion? Also, noticed some self-promotion. Let's talk about it! 🤔 #FeedbackTime

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @joshuagibson8373 Reply

    The best part about Amazon returns is that a label is no longer necessary. Just take the original package to an ups store, and they'll take it with just the barcode on your phone.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @NintendoDude888 Reply

    Amazon reviews suck

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @colinsmith1495 Reply

    A couple years ago I got a cheap smartwatch off Amazon. The watch is fine, perfectly good. I registered it with the manufacturer and immediately got an email offering me a gift card if I put a 5 star review on Amazon. I think it was $20 or so. I forwarded the email to Amazon and submitted a complaint. They didn't care and did nothing and outright told me they were doing nothing.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @fonkbadonk5370 Reply

    I still use Amazon, but am super aware of all these random letter name "brands". I make it a point to never buy from these (again). They're 100% chinese garbage disposal operations, and every single item they ship works for 1-2 weeks at best. It takes some digging, but the proper stuff is still out there. They're sadly not as good in making themselves appear on the first few pages though – that's what these scammes have mastered.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @timothyblazer1749 Reply

    Ratings are easy to fix. The feedback system just needs some control ( rate, type and level limits over time). I did this with role-playing system back in the 90s, to create some integrity around players rating other players. We had a base of about 2000 people, and the system was praised universally by the base.

    Knowing this, its conclusive that Amazon, and other sites that use ratings, are intentionally gaming it.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @JanicekTrnecka Reply

    I have to admit that even AliExpress reviews are more trustworthy than Amazon ones…mind boggling.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @LeafMaltieze Reply

    I've noticed this exact same issue with Walmart's online storefront. I have found knock-off items on Amazon, and then found the exact same item on Walmart's site as well. It's hard to find legitimate products for certain things anymore, because there's a majority garbage that's mixed into feed, and I just don't want to have to spend a few hours looking through the listing and reading reviews to find out if it's a legitimate listing, or false advertising.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @fonkbadonk5370 Reply

    I'm a little amazed by how quickly you brushed over the theft thingy. I mean, it's an issue where I live as well sure, but definitely not to THAT extent, where even such low-cost items are in danger THIS much. There is something very fundamentally wrong with US society. Very wrong. Just insane.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @MrCenturion13 Reply

    They sell returns and don't bother to check if the product is actually inside. 'Nuff said.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @martynrekowski1158 Reply

    One of the worst things I see regularly happen on Amazon is a bait-and-switch. The seller can sell a quality product for a long time (years+) and then update the listing for a "new" version of the product and make it be garbage but get to retain all of the positive reviews and history from when the product was good. I can't tell you how many times I found quality products on Amazon that I would click "repurchase" on every few months/every year and be happy for a long time but then suddenly the "same product" that comes in is some horribly cheapened garbage substitute that doesn't even do its job right. IMO this is an even bigger problem than "fake reviews". Amazon doesn't punish or do anything about this practice and I have noticed it in so many things I buy. I always do a return when this happens and leave a review blasting the seller for this scummy practice.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @SimpTote Reply

    Dude's putting out banger after banger these days.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @666Necropsy Reply

    cant agree more. even the cheapest in store items beat the amazon products. its very hard to find a quality product these days.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @3nertia Reply

    Welcome to capitalism!

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @WXSTANG Reply

    It is the norm on Amazon of a toxic customer. I exited after about 8 months as well. BTW… so much for the "sustainable future" that is being created… more trash in the market then ever before.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • @jimBobuu Reply

    Tangentally related. Try some RayChem splices.

    December 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm

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