Update: There are bad reviews at the site, though not as many as I would expect in an unbiased environment. The default view places top reviews first so I need more research here before jumping to any major conclusions.
First let me say for the record that I’m a BIG FAN of Wal-Mart. They bring good products at great prices and save consumers billions compared to the prices we’d see if the world were organized as opponents of Wal Mart would like to see – as a sort of mom and pop boutique chaos of high priced, low volume, labor intensive madness. There are some advantages to neighborhood shopping but on balance …. I’ll take the extra cash, extra products, and hyper efficiency thank you very much.
HOWEVER as I searched or lamps today at Online Wal Mart I noticed a curious thing…. very curious indeed …. There don’t appear to be ANY unhappy customers – at least in terms of unhappiness with products – at Wal Mart. So far I’ve found … zero …. out of hundreds of reviews.
See for yourself by checking out the Wal Mart reviews page: http://reviews.walmart.com/1336/142/category.htm
I”m still looking for bad ones and will update this if I find enough to suggest there’s nothing fishy going on here …. just a moment…. I’ve found a paltry 3 star review! It’s for …. ewwww Stool Softener?!
Sorry Wal-Mart online shoppers but I don’t think this disproves my hypothesis. That’s one out of over a hundred perfect products.
Faking reviews seems very odd in the wake of all the bad PR they got from the the “RV Across America” scandal. Something I felt was way overblown. See here for the blog post defending Wal- Mart
But faking product reviews – if indeed these are fake – is bad business – an abuse of social media marketing. I’d guess Edelman – Wal Mart’s PR firm – is not involved in this, rather there is probably a firm that was hired to get reviews going and figured “hey, let’s really make them great!”….
In any case the story is still fresh and I’ll be following up at Technology Report after I get word from Edelman about what appears to be a case of obvious and opportunistic manipulation of the facts …