Astroturfing of "new" XP product at amazon

Discussion in 'macOS' started by cruzer, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. cruzer macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2006
    A new Windows professional XP wSP2 product appeared a few days back at The same product was already on sale by amazon and had a rating of 3/5. The "new" product has a rating of 5/5 (strangely enough considering it is the exact same thing), while the only review to date (30-04-06) has been written by a reviewer who posted his first review again only a few days back. In these few days he has written a bunch of reviews most of them less then 4 lines long. Meanwhile the MacOSX product which had a rating of 4.5/5 few weeks back has slided to 4/5. Does this seem like a case of astroturfing to anyone else?
  2. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    almost begs the question, "why do you care?"

    Also, who bases their OS purchasing habits on Amazon customer ratings?
  3. Shamus macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2006
    I think you are reading into this too much. I also think you are reading too much, unless you have excellent observation skills (which is entirely possible of course). :)

    This sort of 'cheating' of the marks happens all the time on the net. But as Janey pointed out, people are going to base their choice of OS on a little more than someones review on Amazon.

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