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NFT: Compensated Recommendations your thoughts?

pjcas18 : 7/15/2017 4:56 pm
sorry this is kind of lengthy,

I refinished my basement recently and I had the carpet installed by a national installer.

They asked after the job was done via email if I would provide a recommendation on their website, they said if I did they'd give me a $15 Amazon gift card. They said only if we were happy would they ask us to provide a recommendation (so don't say anything I don't feel is true and if I'm not happy address it with them directly, not in a review).

they actually did a good job, they were fast, clean, good price, I had no complaints so I wrote a recommendation, took me less than 5 minutes.

I got a $15 gift card.

the sales guy then emailed me and said they'd give me $100 more, two $50 Amazon gift cards if I'd write a positive review on yelp and google.

I did (I actually just copied and pasted the exact same review but so what), I let the guy know and sent him links to the reviews and he sent me one $50 gift card. I followed up with him with the links again, he said he saw the google recommendation, but not the yelp, I sent him the link to the yelp review a third time.

Still haven't heard back (been a week). Truth is even though they did a good job I would not have provided a recommendation without the incentive.

So, now I am wondering should I push it with him to get the other $50 or should I remove the yelp review or should I create a yelp review that says they stiffed me on the $50 Amazon gift card they said they'd give me if I provided a positive review on yelp?

It's not like I'm hurting for a $50 Amazon gift card, I just don't like being played. What would you do?
Don't push it  
superspynyg : 7/15/2017 5:21 pm : link
Just let it go if your not unhappy with their work and price.

Move on....life is too short.
Look at the positive side  
Diver_Down : 7/15/2017 6:09 pm : link
in that you received $65 for a review that you copied/pasted on 2 other sites. Perhaps, the company would have honored their end of the deal if they reviews were unique? I would just let it be.
Send him a write-up of a follow up to your original post  
robbieballs2003 : 7/15/2017 7:06 pm : link
saying that you only wrote the positive review for the $50 incentive that was never paid so ...
I'd let it go  
UConn4523 : 7/15/2017 7:07 pm : link
some believe in karma some don't. I'd just let it go. You got paid for doing next to nothing and even if they are stiffing you, it's simply not worth it to stick it back to them, IMO.
Shake 'em down!  
trueblueinpw : 7/15/2017 7:21 pm : link
Send an email threatening to expose their "pay for review" scheme on TMZ. Gotta' be good for at a few more of those gift cards.
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