Now it’s just getting ridiculous: Here’s a job offer looking to hire a review spoofer, a’la Belkin. If you’re going to commit review fraud, then you should at least learn to be subtle about it.

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  1. ScottRose says:

    Hourly rate: below $5.00 per hour

    At least those arseholes don’t get paid well..

  2. Dave says:

    $5 per hour is a fortune for the majority of the oDesk users!

    I reported the listing as inappropriate.

  3. GavinEstecado says:

    You can ‘flag’ that job posting as inappropriate as long as you share your email address and name. And that’s exactly what I did citing the job’s purpose what unethical and was based on consumer deception. I suggest everyone do the same.

  4. Phil McKinney says:

    What an odd retailer. Strollers, body armor, and fetal skeletons from the same place? Man I can save on shipping here – and no I did not get the job…

  5. briguy73 says:

    You have got to be kidding me!!! Makes me stop and think about the shining reviews I read on shopping websites… Come on people!!!

    • bohemian says:

      @briguy73: Yes it does. I have read a few reviews that seemed a bit too glowing. As in there were no negative or even neutral reviews.

      I noticed this on Sally Beauty’s website. They have product reviews and they all say every product is great. That raised a real red flag that they are populating their reviews, compensating people or removing all but the extremely positive ones.

  6. Kuonji says:

    Hey guys. I just wanted to let you all know that I bought some body armor from http://www.sylvancompany.com and it was fantastic. I got free shipping and it was very fast. I highly recommend them.

    http://www.treasurehutneronline.com.

  7. Matt Soreco says:

    Does writing negative review pay more?

  8. oneliketadow says:

    I agree with Kuonji. Last week I dropped my wedding ring in the toilet at my mistresses house and the Underwater Scuba Aquavision Metal Detector that I got from sylvancompany.com was a life saver! The fast and discrete shipping was a plus too, nobody wants to explain that story to their spouse ;)!!!

    I also enjoy the “2000LB (D1) HAND WINCH”, which I use to pry myself off the couch after those NCIS marathons!

  9. Hotscot says:

    Isn’t this actually really illegal, advertising for someone to conspire to fraud?

  10. tripnman says:

    Would the Consumerist be willing to match the $5 hourly rate if I tip them off to every time I post a bogus review? Then we can run stories about every one of them!

  11. plutonyum says:

    Wow. . . candidates pimp themselves out as “link builders” and “forum posters?”

    I wonder if there are jobs for “standing by the microwave listening for popcorn kernel pop delays” and “twitterer for hire.”

  12. Shadowman615 says:

    Someone should notify the sylvancompany or whoever it is about this. I’m wondering if this is the work of some misguided recruiter or other PR contractor, etc.

  13. Borax-Johnson says:

    I second that. My body armor was so fantastict, it defelcted 11 9mm rounds fired by an angry convenience store owner. I cant say good enough things about it. The fabric wasn’t even torn!!

    Then the next morning, I went back with my shiny new T-4150 metal detector (a FANTASTIC value at $499) and found all 11 slugs in less than 5 minutes, plus I found a gold Rolex watch and a pair of diamind earrrings with platinum studs (heloooo Valentine’s day!). I went to the recycling ceneter and put some serious change in my pocket. Thank you http://www.treasurehunteronline.com!

  14. magnoliasouth says:

    Man this is starting to scare me. All the reviews I’ve read about in the past have just gone out the window. I’m going to start googling reviewer names and seeing if reviewers have reviewed other products before I begin trusting them.

    For example, try googling my magnoliasouth name. You’re going to get TONS of hits and except for the actual website (magnoliasouth.com) they are ALL me. :)

  15. riverstyxxx says:

    Registrant:
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    2603 marsh glen drive
    north myrtle beach, South Carolina 29582
    United States

    Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. ([www.godaddy.com])
    Domain Name: TREASUREHUNTERONLINE.COM
    Created on: 09-May-01
    Expires on: 09-May-14
    Last Updated on: 14-Oct-08

    Administrative Contact:
    NEWBY, SYLVAN sylvan@sylvancompany.com
    SYLVAN COMPANY
    2603 Marsh Glen Drive
    North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29582
    United States
    843-997-2873 Fax — 843-390-5334

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  16. doctor_cos wants you to remain calm says:

    So when does the Playmobil Douchebag Fake Review Writer playset come out?

  17. enderx says:

    Why are you guys okay with ads in general then? It’s basically a live, changing, flowing social type ad technique.