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Shopping online is quick and convenient. An important decision aid, especially with more expensive products, are the reviews by other customers. However, they are not always real. Entire agencies have focused on falsifying alleged buyers' comments. How can you tell which judgment is to be trusted and which not? There are some indications for this.

Recognize fake reviews

Pay attention to the number of reviews for a particular product. Basically, be suspicious if a product has a conspicuously high number of reviews even though it has only been available for a very short time.

Noticeably long comments with terms from advertising, but also exaggerated positive formulations, can be fake reviews. Especially when reference is made to use by family and friends as well as other products from the manufacturer. Very few buyers have the time or inclination to spend long time writing reviews. Also, be careful with negative reviews in which buyers are pushing for competing products.

If the formulations are repeated when there are several product reviews and they are still close together, skepticism is also appropriate. It is often possible to find out from the evaluator's profile how many evaluations he has already given. If the person in question gave ratings for several televisions and microwaves, for example, this indicates a fake. Fake reviews are often created by users who do not give their real name, but rather a constructed-sounding false identity.

Beware of "product testers"

Buyers should be particularly careful when evaluating so-called "product testers". Some of these testers receive goods worth thousands of euros a month for free. This can lead to their ratings being above average. After all, the tester would like to receive free products in the future as well.

This is how you search properly

Consumer advocates therefore advise first of all to look at the assessments of independent test institutes, such as Stiftung Warentest. They test a wide variety of products and compare them.

Particularly with large or one-off issues, you should check customer reviews particularly carefully. Therefore, look at as many reviews as possible - if possible on different pages. Look for reviews in common colloquial language. Short and concise descriptions are often better than long, dissolute narratives.

"Verified Purchase" stands for seriousness

A useful clue is the words "Verified Purchase" next to the rating. So the evaluator actually bought the product; This is a good indication of the authenticity of the assessment, especially with expensive items.

Also, pay attention to whether there is an address or a report button for fake reviews on the portal. Reputable providers have a great interest in recognizing fake comments and deleting them. Because when consumer confidence wanes, business is also at risk. Many platforms have recognized the problem. They employ employees or agencies specifically to uncover fake reviews.

Have comments checked

Consumers can also have comments from other buyers on Amazon products checked on the website to see whether they are genuine. If the analysis comes to the result that there are various falsified reviews, "Reviewmeta" shows a downgraded ranking for the product.

All the buyer has to do is insert the link to a retailer's item into a search bar. The "Reviewmeta" algorithm then searches all comments and profiles of the product critics for clues. However, there is no guarantee that the website will find all relevant fakes.

Market watchmen help

The market watchdogs for digital and finance sponsored by the federal government also have this issue in mind. Help us to identify grievances at an early stage and to counteract them. You can contact the market watchdog using a complaint form that is available on the website There you can also describe your experiences under the heading "Participate - consumer calls" if you have already been asked to test products for money or vouchers.