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YELP is a SCAM

 
_Enigma_  (OP)

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01/24/2019 08:01 PM
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Beware if you’re a small business owner.

When you refuse to advertise with Yelp they will remove your positive reviews and leave only negative reviews. They did this to me. I literally had many five star reviews that were removed and I had one negative review that was bogus and that’s the only review they left for my business. This was done after I refused to pay for advertising on their site. They also flagged this one star review as the first review I received for my business which was an out right lie.

They currently have a ton of lawsuits against them and many complaints by businesses who have had this issue with them. You can check out YouTube videos with people having this issue and you can also research it on the Internet. I plan to file a complaint with the federal trade commission once the government opens back up, but I don’t expect any results as many people have brought lawsuits to know avail.

I would like to let consumers know that you cannot rely on Yelp reviews. They lie. They allow good reviews if they are getting paid by that business. If you want fair reviews pay attention to Google.

Spread the word so we can let the public know, Yelp uses extortion to force businesses to advertise with them. If you have their app one star it and tell them why. It’s a big businesses like this that hurt small business owners and they don’t care.
 Quoting: _Enigma_


I just told my girlfriend about your experience and she said, "WHAT!?!" and immediately grabbed her phone and deleted the app off her phone... "never again".

We support small business.
 Quoting: Beyond Perceptions


Thank you friend. You’re helping many!

cheers
_Enigma_  (OP)

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“Refused to pay for advertising”

So they solicited you?
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Yes, nonstop.
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01/24/2019 08:04 PM
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linkedin does unethical deeds too. I never gave them permission to put my whole life and family tree out there for the world to see or use as they please.
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01/24/2019 08:04 PM
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Oh man that stinks!!
Deplorable Jknoph

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01/24/2019 08:20 PM
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They will also call you and harass you to get you to advertise with them. They won't take no for an answer and will call you non fucking stop.

I just started hanging up on them and blocking their numbers.
_Enigma_  (OP)

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01/24/2019 08:21 PM
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They will also call you and harass you to get you to advertise with them. They won't take no for an answer and will call you non fucking stop.

I just started hanging up on them and blocking their numbers.
 Quoting: Deplorable Jknoph


Watch your reviews then.
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01/24/2019 08:30 PM
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This is 100% true. I have 40+ 5 star reviews hidden in Unrecommended while a restaurant that advertises with them have their one stars hidden in unrecomended with all 5’s recommended.

And they have called up to 4 times a day every day on a takeout line.

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01/24/2019 08:32 PM
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Beware if you’re a small business owner.

When you refuse to advertise with Yelp they will remove your positive reviews and leave only negative reviews. They did this to me. I literally had many five star reviews that were removed and I had one negative review that was bogus and that’s the only review they left for my business. This was done after I refused to pay for advertising on their site. They also flagged this one star review as the first review I received for my business which was an out right lie.

They currently have a ton of lawsuits against them and many complaints by businesses who have had this issue with them. You can check out YouTube videos with people having this issue and you can also research it on the Internet. I plan to file a complaint with the federal trade commission once the government opens back up, but I don’t expect any results as many people have brought lawsuits to know avail.

I would like to let consumers know that you cannot rely on Yelp reviews. They lie. They allow good reviews if they are getting paid by that business. If you want fair reviews pay attention to Google.

Spread the word so we can let the public know, Yelp uses extortion to force businesses to advertise with them. If you have their app one star it and tell them why. It’s a big businesses like this that hurt small business owners and they don’t care.
 Quoting: _Enigma_


I just told my girlfriend about your experience and she said, "WHAT!?!" and immediately grabbed her phone and deleted the app off her phone... "never again".

We support small business.
 Quoting: Beyond Perceptions


Thank you friend. You’re helping many!

cheers
 Quoting: _Enigma_


Back at ya bump
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01/24/2019 08:33 PM
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Just got sent this one about FB:

"#Facebook has been lying to the public about the scale of its problem with #fake accounts, which likely exceed 50% of its network.

In a report published Thursday by #PlainSite, an independent research shop led by #AaronGreenspan, analysts calculated that Facebook CEO Mark #Zuckerberg has been regularly lying to investors and the public about the company's user metrics, and that the company could be overestimating the number of users by as much as 50%.

Facebook's fraudulent numbers hurt its customers (advertisers) by overstating the effectiveness of Facebook's product, the company said.
Fake accounts affect Facebook at its core in numerous ways:
Its customers purchase advertising on Facebook based on the fact that it can supposedly target advertisements at more than 2 billion real human beings. To the extent that users aren’t real, companies are throwing their money down the drain.
Fake accounts click on advertising at random, or “like” pages, to throw off antifraud algorithms. Fake accounts look real if they do not follow a clear pattern. This kind of activity defrauds advertisers, but rewards Facebook with revenue.
Fake accounts often defraud other users on Facebook, through scams, fake news, extortion, and other forms of deception. Often, they can involve governments"
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01/24/2019 08:36 PM

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This should spread around. Does Yelp have any competitors? This is basically organized crime. Pay for our protection or we'll burn your restaurant down.
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01/24/2019 08:40 PM

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I agree with everything you said.

I've also had the same type of experience with Yelp.
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_Enigma_  (OP)

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01/24/2019 08:42 PM
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This should spread around. Does Yelp have any competitors? This is basically organized crime. Pay for our protection or we'll burn your restaurant down.
 Quoting: vEyeSea


Exactly. And they have no real competitors.

They made over $700 million in 2016.
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01/24/2019 08:43 PM
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Same goes for the places that suck them off, you can't post a bad review for their bum-buddies. It gets hidden
Imagine a group of people so disgusting they have to make laws preventing you from hating them
:candp2:
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01/24/2019 08:51 PM
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This should spread around. Does Yelp have any competitors? This is basically organized crime. Pay for our protection or we'll burn your restaurant down.
 Quoting: vEyeSea


Exactly. And they have no real competitors.

They made over $700 million in 2016.
 Quoting: _Enigma_


I just use Google reviews. I use Google maps to search for places. Then just check reviews on there. Why open a other app to see reviews? And especially an app like yelp that has been known for years to do these shenanigans.
_Enigma_  (OP)

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01/24/2019 08:52 PM
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Upcoming documentary about Yelp’s shady business antics.



Please help spread the word for small business owners who are the backbone of this country.
_Enigma_  (OP)

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01/24/2019 08:53 PM
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This should spread around. Does Yelp have any competitors? This is basically organized crime. Pay for our protection or we'll burn your restaurant down.
 Quoting: vEyeSea


Exactly. And they have no real competitors.

They made over $700 million in 2016.
 Quoting: _Enigma_


I just use Google reviews. I use Google maps to search for places. Then just check reviews on there. Why open a other app to see reviews? And especially an app like yelp that has been known for years to do these shenanigans.
 Quoting: anonymous4412


If you use Yahoo to search for a business, the Yelp listing and ratings automatically show up first and front. That’s what people see from the beginning.
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01/24/2019 08:59 PM
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I have over 30 all positive reviews, and only few showing. The weird thing is, when I got few good reviews in the past, Yelp would call me and pester me about signing up for paid advertisement with them.
I refused or just ignored their calls.
Now, every time I get a positive review, next day it gets hidden. I don't get calls from Yelp anymore. The only reviews they stay are from people who are active on Yelp.

If a person who leaves you a review is not active on Yelp (maybe only has a couple of reviews and no 'yelp friends'), those reviews will be hidden.

Apparently, their 'algorithm' chooses which review is relevant and which is not. Or whether it's fake or not (if it is overly positive, it may be fake'...

It feels like pouring water in a bucket with holes, the reviews never seem to stay. I guess if you get hundreds of reviews it may start making a difference.

Last Edited by justaperson on 01/24/2019 08:59 PM
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More about the documentary coming out




I had no idea this was even in the works! I can’t wait to see this and for others to see this and put these assholes out of business for good, them and their effing algorithm.
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Did the same thing to me
_Enigma_  (OP)

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01/24/2019 09:05 PM
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I have over 30 all positive reviews, and only few showing. The weird thing is, when I got few good reviews in the past, Yelp would call me and pester me about signing up for paid advertisement with them.
I refused or just ignored their calls.
Now, every time I get a positive review, next day it gets hidden. I don't get calls from Yelp anymore. The only reviews they stay are from people who are active on Yelp.

If a person who leaves you a review is not active on Yelp (maybe only has a couple of reviews and no 'yelp friends'), those reviews will be hidden.

Apparently, their 'algorithm' chooses which review is relevant and which is not. Or whether it's fake or not (if it is overly positive, it may be fake'...

It feels like pouring water in a bucket with holes, the reviews never seem to stay. I guess if you get hundreds of reviews it may start making a difference.
 Quoting: justaperson


Funny, cause my only negative review was done in 2016 by a lady who had only posted mine and one other and no activity since. Many of my positive reviewers are very active on Yelp. So this algorithm they talk about is bullshit.

Then the icing on the cake was they put a STAR by her name and labeled her as my first review, when in fact, I had reviews BEFORE her a whole year earlier. So that’s an outright damned lie by Yelp.
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01/24/2019 09:36 PM
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they also have a service where they harass you about a bad review and if you pay them they will make the review disappear.
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My wife works in a dentist office and they are solicited by Angie's list all the time. Pay a monthly fee and we send you business. All of them are BS scams!

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yelp really does suck! bump
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01/24/2019 09:54 PM
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I knew this, but why would you advertise google?
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I heard this exact story a couple of years ago.

Pretty funny how morally bankrupt society is. It's all downhill from here folks.

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It's been downhill for decades, VegasRick. Nowadays we're just catching some serious speed and soon... real soon... very serious air before our mighty tumble...
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More about the documentary coming out




I had no idea this was even in the works! I can’t wait to see this and for others to see this and put these assholes out of business for good, them and their effing algorithm.
 Quoting: _Enigma_


Dang... this YouTuber has even some videos out exposing Apple's Genius Bar scams too. He seems to be a good YouTuber from the relatively few videos I've seen of his so far.
Conspiracy Theorist is nothing more than a derogatory title used to dismiss a critical thinker.

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I have a small business with good reviews that are spread over a lot of websites (Google, Facebook, yelp, instagram). Yelp has been calling me non stop to try to get me to advertise. I have been putting them off for a while. Back when I was in the radio broadcasting industry we would often get contacted by minority publications (pre internet) to pay for ads targeting minorities. Management would always roll over and advertise because they were afraid of EOE lawsuits.
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been like this for years, don't use them
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Beware if you’re a small business owner.

When you refuse to advertise with Yelp they will remove your positive reviews and leave only negative reviews. They did this to me. I literally had many five star reviews that were removed and I had one negative review that was bogus and that’s the only review they left for my business. This was done after I refused to pay for advertising on their site. They also flagged this one star review as the first review I received for my business which was an out right lie.

They currently have a ton of lawsuits against them and many complaints by businesses who have had this issue with them. You can check out YouTube videos with people having this issue and you can also research it on the Internet. I plan to file a complaint with the federal trade commission once the government opens back up, but I don’t expect any results as many people have brought lawsuits to know avail.

I would like to let consumers know that you cannot rely on Yelp reviews. They lie. They allow good reviews if they are getting paid by that business. If you want fair reviews pay attention to Google.

Spread the word so we can let the public know, Yelp uses extortion to force businesses to advertise with them. If you have their app one star it and tell them why. It’s a big businesses like this that hurt small business owners and they don’t care.
 Quoting: _Enigma_

Did very similar thing to me, but deleted 5 positive reviews, left none...
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Had a small business...Restaurant for last five years...Yelp couldn't sell me, therefor it had the absolute worst reviews ever. My Google and Facebook's were excellent but since the bastard Yelp couldn't sell me they got pissed and one starred the hell out of me...They can go fuck themselves, I'm so glad I'm done with business and the public.
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