Amazon’s TOS. How do you read it?

At 4.41 p.m. yesterday this was the email I got from Amazon, as per all the other customers that had theirs restores:

Hello,

Thank you for your patience. We have restored access to your account, however, further violations of Amazon policies may result in account deactivation. To ensure your account remains in good standing, please review and adhere to our Community Guidelines and Conditions of Use.

Amazon Community Guidelines: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201929730
Amazon Conditions of Use: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=508088

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I read the TOS several times, and don’t believe I break their agreement.  I know hundreds of other reviewers that do the same. So I did a chat with Amazon last night.  I don’t have an answer for you, especially other reviewers, but as soon as I do, I will post it so we are all clear on their TOS.

Here is a copy of the transcript:

Initial Question: I received the email reinstating my account. I do not want to break the TOS so have read it. I do use codes, and as I have been a writer for 26 years (I am 70) I write reviews on my blog. I pay for my blog myself, do not have advertisers, never leave a rating, and have not promised to write a review. Can I still use codes from groups that do not ask for reviews.
07:44 PM PDT Soumya(Amazon): Hello, my name is Soumya. I’m here to help you today.
07:45 PM PDT Susan Slade: Good to chat with you, and thank you for my account being back.
07:46 PM PDT Soumya: Hey, Susan. I’m glad to hear that your account is reinstated and very sorry about the hassle.
07:47 PM PDT Susan Slade: I was upset about it.
07:49 PM PDT Soumya: Thank you for staying connected, Susan.
07:49 PM PDT Susan Slade: That’s fine. Can you answer my question.
07:49 PM PDT Soumya: I’ve checked with all the details and as I’m not the one who is trained on this skill, I’ll have to transfer your chat to a concerned team. Unfortunately they do not have a chat support and hence I’ll have to send them your concern through a form and they will get back to you via Email within 24 hours.
How does that sound?
07:50 PM PDT Susan Slade: That is perfect. I don’t want to break the rules.
07:50 PM PDT Soumya: Of course.
I’ve forwarded them your concern already.
You can expect an Email within next 24 hours.
07:51 PM PDT Susan Slade: Thank you so much. Good night.
07:51 PM PDT Soumya: You’re most welcome !
It was a pleasure assisting you today. Have a good night ! 🙂
My name is Soumya and I am glad I could help! When you are ready, please click the **END CHAT** link. 🙂 🙂
Thank you.
Amazon.com

If reviewers are leaving their reviews on Amazon with discounted codes, or a PayPal refund, they will be removing them.  Also sellers that refund or use codes, and ask for reviews.  Amazon are determined to wipe out reviews that they class as biased.  Gift cards are a little different as some sellers use them, but many of us get them with our credit card points, and other means.

Would love to know how you read the Amazon Terms of Service?

Yesterday I was informed that my #Amazonclosed account would be back today

I waited until after 5 p.m. my time to phone a Supervisor on Amazon, as I hadn’t received an email today, to get reinstated.  The gentleman told me that they are aware of this problem, the volume of calls, and forms are growing all the time, therefore I should wait until 11.00 p.m. Eastern time, when that department finishes for the day.

I said ‘What if I don’t get the email by then’.  He reconfirmed that the email stated end of day today.  So I was sitting here thinking I could have my account back at bedtime.

Then came this email:

This is Sean from the Retail Escalations Team.
I confirmed your information has been relayed to the team trained to handle this scenario. You should hear back from them in the next 1 business days.

We hope to see you again soon.

Thank you for your inquiry. Did I solve your problem?

The survey came up, and you can imagine what my answers were……..

Amazon have closed my account on my laptop, but I can order on my cellphone.

20180302_092957That is the first thing that has prevented me writing today. I phoned Amazon and the Customer service rep told me it was closed. I told her it is working on my phone. Also I have items I have paid for, and not delivered yet. Plus I am paying to stream, and listen to music. She said someone will email me within 24 hours. So if I write a review I can’t add the Amazon url at the end of it.

Next I go to write this on my laptop, and I can get into WordPress, but it won’t bring up the page to write a blog review. Doing this on my cellphone.

Glitches are driving me crazy today. Hope your day is better than mine.

I can’t go out in case my new laptop gets stolen.

I ordered a new laptop on Amazon Tuesday.  It is being delivered today.  If it had come via the U.S.P.S. it would have been here this morning.  However, it is coming via UPS, and they usually come between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

We have friends moving back up north, and were planning on going to the F.O.E. tonight.  The problem is, that too many parcels get stolen nowadays.  We pretty much see it on the news every day.

It will be dark, when they leave it, so have no option but to stay home.  Excited about the laptop, but disappointed that we can’t say ‘Goodbye’ to friends of more than 12 years.

Do you have these parcel thieves that come right up to your door?  What has this world come too, when we can’t trust people to be honest.

ARCHEER Bluetooth 4.1 Transmitter and Receiver, Wireless 3.5mm Audio Adapter, aptX Low Latency Digital Optical TOSLINK for TV, Home Stereo System

I am not overly technical, but love to try out products that can make my entertainment more pleasurable.  That is why I got the ARCHEER Bluetooth 4.1 Transmitter and Receiver.  

My husband and I like to watch different programs on television, so I thought that this would work with my headphones.

It comes with a 19 page User Manual, and I really studied it, before doing anything.  I charged up the product for 2 hours, which is the charging time in the manual.  After that it can be charging while using it.

I was able to pair the device with my headphones.  Then I wasn’t too sure which of the cables that came with it, went into the television.  Lucky for me I have a friend that isn’t technically challenged,  and he set it up for me.

It is great because my husband can watch his television with the sound on, and I can listen to mine with great stereo through my earphones.

To give you technical information, I am taking it off of the listing on Amazon:

Bluetooth TRANSMITTER + RECIEVER: One portable adapter to use as either transmitter or receiver, one button operation to switch between RX and TX. As a Bluetooth transmitter, it enables you to transmit the audio from your TV or iPod wirelessly to Bluetooth headphones or speakers. As a Bluetooth receiver, it allows you to play the music from your phone or tablet to wired home stereo system.

  • Dual Connection: Optical + 3.5mm AUX & RCA. You get maximum flexibility with support for both 3.5mm (AUX and RCA) and optical (TOSLINK) digital, both input and output are supported.
  • The latest Bluetooth V4.1 and aptX Low Latency: Easy to set up and wide compatibility. With the low latency technology, you can enjoy a latency lower than 98% of other devices; end-to-end lag time is reduced up to 30-40 milliseconds, so you can watch TV / Movie / Video and listen to high-clarity sound in perfect synchronization.
  • Long Battery Life: Built with 350mAh Battery and can be fully charged with only two hours, up to 15 hours working time and continuously streams even while charging. Enjoy your favorite wireless content as long as you can. Please note: to protect the battery, please do not always use while charging.
  • MINI and Cable Free DESIGN: Compact and lightweight build to easily tuck away and take on your travel. Keep your old stereo or wired headphone alive with new Bluetooth wireless connection, pair with smart phone or tablet from up to 33 feet away, and enjoy great music cable-free.’

I am very happy with this compact transmitter/receiver, and delighted to receive it free of charge.  I plan on working with it so that I can use it with my phone, and my husband’s tablet.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XRXV664/ref=cfb_at_prodpg

Archeer Skin Tester, LCD Skin Care Digital Moisture Analyzer Monitor for Salon Spa Home

ARCHEER Aromatherapy Diffuser, 300ml Ultra Quiet Oil Diffuser Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier Auto Shut-off Air Aroma Humidifier 7 Color Night Light for Home, Yoga, Office, Living Room, Baby Room

GEYUEYA Home Stainless Steel Over the Sink Multipurpose Roll-Up Dish Drying Rack Fruit Drying Rack (Square Pipe)

Once you see the GEYUEYA Home Stainless Steel over the Skink Multipurpose Roll-Up Dish Drying Rack, you will want to buy one.

When I first saw it on Amazon, I thought, what a great idea. Why didn’t I come up with this product.

The old fashioned drying rack, sat in your second sink, or to the side of it, and took up valuable space.  The plastic can peel off, and you can get rust from the bottom of them.  I got rid of mine years ago.

This is ‘High-end quality. Safety Silicone-wrapped stainless steel frame. High temperature, non-rust, non-slip, solid. Heat resistance up to 400° F (204°C), can put 30 pounds of weight. silicone coating, can prevent items from falling’ rack.

It came rolled up, and then all you do it put it over your sink, and unroll it.  Instead of our dishes being put directly in the second sink, it allows them to drip dry on it.  Air drying is so much more hygienic that using a tea towel.

The drying rack is: 20-1/2″L  x  8-1/2″W  x 1/4″H, which is a perfect size, as you can see in my photos, and video.

It also gives me added kitchen space, when I am cooking an English roast dinner, as I have a joint of meat, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, stuffing, vegetable, and gravy to serve up.  Now I don’t need so many pot holders sitting everywhere.  It can be used for thawing meat on, drying vegetables, and also fruit.

My girlfriend came over this morning, and the first thing she said was, that she could do away with her out of date drying rack.  I told her where to buy hers.

I did receive mine at a discount, and am using it 2 or 3 times a day, so I am very pleased to write a favorable review on it.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N55Y67I/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

 

 

ARCHEER Bluetooth Headset, Mini Bluetooth Earpiece with 850mAh Power Bank Mic, Lipstick-Sized Portable Headphone Hands-free In-Ear Magnetic Earphone for iPhone Galaxy and More, AH21, Rose-Gold

I have several headsets that work with my phone, some being wired, and others wireless.  I was really intrigued when I saw a picture of the Bluetooth Headset, ARCHEER Mini Bluetooth Earpiece with 850mAh Power Bank Mic, Lipstick-Sized Portable Headphone Hands-free In-Ear Magnetic Earphone for iPhone Galaxy and More, AH21, Rose-Gold.

After receiving it, I took it out of the attractive box, it came in.  It is slightly bigger than a lipstick, but a really neat idea.  The top of it, that is the earpiece, pulls out, and it connects with magnets.  The other end is ‘the mini charging dock that can be either used as a USB charger adapter or a 850mAh external emergency battery to recharge the earbud at any time’

It sits in my ear really well, and I love that I don’t have wires and a clip, or it going around the back of my neck.

A little more about the product from the Amazon website:

‘Stable Performance-The latest Bluetooth 4.1(Backwards Compatible with Bluetooth 2.0) allows up to 33Ft. (theoretical) full bandwidth transmission range. Versatile compatible with iPhone7 6S 6 plus, LG G5 G4 G3, ipod shuffle, ipod touch nano, Samsung Galaxy S7 S6, BlackBerry, HTC, iPad Pro, Bluetooth-enabled tablets.’

I found it easy to pair it with my Samsung Galaxy J7, and am delighted with it.

I did received this item for free, and wanted to share this tiny bit of technology with you.

https://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-Lipstick-Sized-Headphone-Hands-free-AH21/dp/B01M9JC15R/ref=cm_wl_huc_item

 

 

Pokkop Garden Genie Gloves 2017 Hot Style, useful one size with Fingertips Unisex Right Claws Quick & Easy to Dig and Plant Safe for Rose Pruning (1 pair)

Since moving from the townhouse to the condo, I have been doing a lot of gardening.  We do have landscaping people, but they just trim, what is already there.  I am always planting, so used to dig with a trowel.  Now I have the Garden Genie Gloves 2017 Hot Style, useful one size with Fingertips Unisex Right Claws Quick & Easy to Dig and Plant Safe for Rose Pruning (1 pair), I can do my gardening in half the time.

They are made of durable natural rubber latex, and come in one size.  I have small, long hands, and they stay on well.  On the right glove are the 4 claws, that dig, rake, and generally make gardening easier for you.

I took a video while using the one glove to show you how good it works.  The claws are made with durable ABS plastic, and totally safe.  It allows you to do pruning, and all kinds of gardening, that would normally needs tools.

The regular price being $17.99.  These are fun to wear, and save your hands, as well as nails.  I really like using them.

I received this product for free, and think it is so neat, that I just had to write a review about it.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0713TZCSY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Yootech Galaxy S8+ Screen Protector [2-Pack][Galaxy S8 plus,Not Glass], Galaxy S8+ Wet Applied Screen Protector BUBBLE-FREE for Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

I was lucky enough to receive 3 items from Yootech, and the third one is the Galaxy S8+ Screen Protector [2-Pack][Galaxy S8 plus,Not Glass], Yootech Galaxy S8+ Wet Applied Screen Protector BUBBLE-FREE for Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. 

I have the Yootech Galaxy S8 Screen Protector [2-Pack][Not Glass], Galaxy S8 Wet Applied Screen Protector BUBBLE-FREE for Samsung Galaxy S8 (2017) sitting next to this one, and have gone through both boxes.  They look identical to me, so I figured if you are interested in this new kind of screen protector, use this link , and read my previous post.  I believe the only difference it the S8, and the S8+.

To actually find this product, it is on the Amazon link, at the bottom of the post.  It does come with a lifetime no hassle warranty.

I did receive it for free, and wanted to let you know that it is available.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071XPVRN5/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

 

 

 

Lkous Women Sexy Sleeveless Strap Criss Cross Hollow Out Bodycon Bandage Club Dress

The moment I saw this dress on Amazon, I wanted it.  The Lkous Women Sexy Sleeveless Strap Criss Cross Hollow Out Bodycon Bandage Club Dress  is tight fitting, and perfect for my figure.

When it arrived I couldn’t wait to try it.  I put it on, and it fitted me like a glove.  It was made for me.  Then I looked in the mirror, and it is a dress that you have to go commando in.  Not a problem, and when I put it on again, it even looked more figure hugging.

However, when I started walking in it, it did show more of my boobs, than in the photo on the Amazon page.  I ordered the correct size as I wear a U.S. 2-4, and went for small.

My husband took some  photos, and then took them with me further away, but you can still see that it is a little more revealing than I am used to.  I absolutely adore this dress, and feel that I could wear it in a dimly lit nightclub, but that is not the object of wearing such a beautiful dress.

The dress is made of polyester, and it states that : ‘It is sequin embellished strap sleeveless bandage dress.’  There are no sequins on this dress.

Again I love this dress, and may have to dance with my husband at home, in it.

I did receive this dress at a discounted price, and have written an honest review of it.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XXGQPVB/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1