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Amazon Reviewers Debate Whether To Keep Quiet About Free Stuff

Our story about Amazon's Vine program, which sends free stuff to some of the site's top reviewers, prompted some interesting online discussion among Vine members.

"It did feel a little ironic testing yet another set of speakers listening to the broadcast," one Vine member wrote.

Several people talked about a theme I touched on in the story: Should Vine members try to keep quiet about the program? Here are a few of their comments on the subject.


I kept wanting to say "Shhhh!!!" and ask them to be quiet. Is everyone so nervous about losing this program or is it just me? I'd like to stay far under the radar. I love my Vine.

Be as open as possible...

Actually it's probably best to be as open as possible in terms of information and interviews. The biggest threat to Vine is not the reality of it, but the misconceptions about it.

A kick in the shins...

Heh, I still kick my husband in the shins if he brags to someone about some toy we got from Vine. I don't much want a lot of folks to know about me and Vine. Those that do, I try to convince that it's mostly q-tips and single chewie bars and books about waste management science.

We shouldn't hide in spider holes...

The Vine program is not a secret. In fact, it's one innovative thing that Amazon should be and I am sure is proud of so... no, I don't think Amazon wants Vine members to hide in spider holes and wear camos.

Vine is like the perfect canoe portage...

You know how you find a perfect little-known retreat or canoe portage and it makes you happy to go there because it is not well populated? That's how I feel about Vine. Not sure what is to be gained by blabbing about it on NPR.