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Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on The Penny Hoarder.
Amazon is the biggest online retailer in the country and sells just about everything under the sun. If a product is for sale online, chances are it’s on Amazon.
The retail giant doesn’t just sell its own products, it’s also a virtual marketplace for millions of vendors around the globe.
Competition between these sellers is fierce, and, with just a little bit of work, you can take advantage of that by scoring deals and getting free stuff on Amazon.
While there are some things on Amazon anyone can get for free right away, the best way to get high-quality freebies is through helpful, informative and well-written product reviews.
In 2016, the company changed its review policy and now the only way to get free products through reviews is the Vine program. While you won’t be able to reach out to a struggling retailer and offer reviews in exchange for merchandise, there are still ways for reviewers to get free stuff.
Reviewing products is one of the prime ways to get Amazon freebies. We offer some tips and tricks to be successful. There are also ways to get free things without much effort that we’ll cover after.
1. Become a Top Amazon Reviewer
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So we’ve established that the best way to get free stuff on Amazon is with an invite into the Vine program. But how do you get invited?
It does require some work on your part, and the first step to getting that invite is becoming a top Amazon customer reviewer. Believe it or not, the company tracks the best and most prolific reviewers, posting it all on a Top Reviewer Rankings board.
It’s not hard to become a top Amazon reviewer, and we’ve laid out all of the steps you need to take to join the upper echelon. It’s important to remember that Amazon values quality reviews and the number of helpful votes you accumulate is critical, so be sure you think about the kind of information consumers would care about and craft a well-written, detailed and grammatically-correct review.
Another helpful tip is to look for products without a lot of reviews, because yours is more likely to be read and earn “Helpful Votes.” Focus your reviews on the types of items that you would like to get for free, as becoming an expert in a specific category helps achieve Top Reviewer status more quickly.
2. Get Invited to Be a Vine Reviewer
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