News & Announcements

Epinions.com Important Message
Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Dear Epinions Member,

After a challenging 2013, Epinions will no longer maintain community related operations of its website. We are proud that we were able to serve as a facilitator of shared experiences and thoughtful dialogue over the past 15 years. However, several obstacles, such as declining participation, have deeply affected our business and forced us to make this difficult decision.

We would like to thank each of you for your time and dedication. You have supported us through the good times and the bad. Our community’s passion and uniqueness has made our website truly special.

As of February 25, 2014, we will begin to disable the Epinions community features.

Here’s what it means for the Epinions community:

    • No new content will be added to the Epinions website as of February 25, 2014.
    • The ability to write a review, comment, and rate will be disabled on February 25, 2014.
    • The last Income Share payment will be issued on March 6, 2014 via PayPal.
    • The option to export all of your Epinions reviews will be made available to you.
    • You will still be able to login to your Epinions account to check your balance and use the Epinions message boards until March 25, 2014.

After March 25, 2014, all Epinions community features will be removed and/or disabled from the Epinions website.
This was not an easy decision to make and we thank you all for your contributions to Epinions. While we must change, we truly hope your desire to connect, write reviews and share experiences with one another stays alive and well.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to reference our FAQ or contact us.

Sincerely,

Christal & The Epinions Team





Epinions Read Only Mode
Posted: Monday, February 24, 2014
Epinions will be in read only mode starting Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 11AM PST for site maintenance.
During this time members will not be able to write or rate content. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The Epinions Team




Epinions December $500 Sweepstakes Winners!
Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The Epinions December Sweepstakes Winners are as follows:
The Grand Prize Winner is silentrascal, who will receive $500 in Epinions Eroyalties.
The 2nd Place Winner is brentp256, who will receive $100 in Epinions Eroyalties.
The 3rd Place Winner is rmthunter, who will receive $50 in Epinions Eroyalties.

The twelve additional winners will receive $20 in eRoyalties and are listed as follows: birdfeather, booruwa, cahhhleb, houlie23, kitagrl, kiwifella, nick7jq, pestyside, philips949, skbreese, teamfreak16,and will3633_07.

Thank you all for participating!

The Epinions Team




February Lean & Mean Review Challenge
Posted: Saturday, February 1, 2014


(Thanks to sleeper54 for allowing us to borrow the name of his write-off.)

The February Lean & Mean Review Challenge is back and Epinions.com challenges you! Continue to write product reviews as you do, but keep it short and to the point. We want these reviews to be lean, but at the same time informative, and less than 500 words.

Here is what you can win:
  • The first place winner will receive $300 in eRoyalties.
  • All other winners will receive $20 in eRoyalties.

    You will need to register each review that qualifies for entry.

    For more details read the sweepstakes rules here.

    Have fun!

    Christal & The Epinions Team



    Epinions Rating Changes
    Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014
    Dear Epinions Community Members,

    Back in June of 2013 we discussed changing the way reviews are rated on Epinions. We have to evolve as a community in order for the Epinions Business to exist. We want to foster quality content on our site, but we have to also make room for the masses. Creating a more positive experience for new members is where we believe we have to start. As members of the community, we are looking to you to help us.

    Our Mission
    Our core mission is to help people- whether it is to help people figure out what to buy or find information they are seeking.

    Our Community Values
    • Our belief is that everyone has something to contribute.
    • We encourage our community to share & contribute information and knowledge.
    • We acknowledge that every individual is entitled to their own opinion and we should all respect one another.

    With Our Mission and Community Values in mind, we will be changing the Epinions Ratings to the following:

    Long Review Ratings
    • Expert – (Most Helpful)
    • Very Helpful - (Very Helpful & Helpful)
    • Helpful- (Somewhat Helpful)
    • Flag- (Not Helpful)
    • Off-topic- (Off-topic)

    Ratings Definitions
    • Expert: Exceptionally accurate and well-presented. Offers in-depth experiences and details about the subject. Thorough and well-organized. Expresses a clear recommendation for shoppers. This rating can only be given by Leads, Advisors, and Top Reviewers within the respected category. The Expert Rating can be given to more than one review written on a single product.
    • Very Helpful: Accurate and well-presented with helpful details about the subject of the review and an overall recommendation for shoppers.
    • Helpful: The review is on-topic, contains information that might be helpful to shoppers, and does not violate the site rules
    • Flag: The review contains profanity or otherwise violates the site rules.
    • Off-Topic: The review is off-topic.

    Express Review Ratings will remain unchanged.

    Being that we would like to provide a positive experience for new writers to the site, we felt it was necessary to remove the “Somewhat Helpful” rating. In exchange we have created an “Expert” rating for those reviews that stand out from the rest.

    Christal & The Epinions Team




    Epinions January $300 Sweepstakes!
    Posted: Wednesday, January 1, 2014
    Enter to win up to $300 this month on Epinions!

    Write a review on a product or service in Epinions.com's database in the month of January to enter. At the time Epinions.com validates entries, your review must have an overall rating of at least "helpful". Valid review entries written on Electronics, Home & Garden, and Sports & Outdoors products will qualify as two entries into the sweepstakes. NO REVIEW REGISTRATION NEEDED. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

    Epinions.com will select 15 winners:
    *Grand Prize winner will receive $300 in Epinions Eroyalties.
    *Second Place winner will receive $100 in Epinions Eroyalties.
    *Third Place winner will receive $50 in Epinions Eroyalties.
    *All other winners will receive $20 in Epinions Eroyalties.

    In order to participate in the Write-Off, everyone has to agree to the Write-off Rules.

    Let's start writing!

    Christal & The Epinions Team




    Epinions November Sweepstakes Winners
    Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2013
    The Epinions November Sweepstakes Winners are as follows:

    The Grand Prize Winner is scmrak, who will receive $300 in Epinions Eroyalties.

    The fourteen additional winners will receive $20 in eRoyalties and are listed as follows: awakened1, bigtruckseries, bkalafut, carstairs38, craftswoman, critic64, elvisdo, gaelkm, LDon526, mjhollingshead, morilla, philips949, serc, and teamfreak16.

    Thank you all for participating!

    The Epinions Team




    November Income Share Balances
    Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
    Members that qualified for a November Income Share Payout will notice that their balances have not zeroed out yet. We are aware of this issue and hope to have it resolved soon.

    Thanks,
    Christal




    Epinions October $300 Sweepstakes Winners!
    Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2013
    The Epinions October Sweepstakes Winners are as follows:

    The Grand Prize Winner is xxxxer, who will receive $300 in Epinions Eroyalties.

    The nineteen additional winners will receive $20 in eRoyalties and are listed as follows: artemis8, bryan_carey, busby777, driftless, elzora, frazzledspice, freak369, heavl, JiggyJay, luquillo, merle_levy, msiduri, phungus, rudixeno, stephen_murray, teamfreak16, toiletoctopus, ursula_b,and willow1584.

    Thank you all for participating!

    The Epinions Team




    Epinions December $500 Sweepstakes!
    Posted: Sunday, December 1, 2013
    Enter to win up to $500 this month on Epinions!

    Write a review on a product or service in Epinions.com's database in the month of December to enter. At the time Epinions.com validates entries, your review must have an overall rating of at least "helpful". Valid review entries written on Electronics, Home & Garden, and Sports & Outdoors products will qualify as two entries into the sweepstakes. NO REVIEW REGISTRATION NEEDED. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

    Epinions.com will select 15 winners:
    *Grand Prize winner will receive $500 in Epinions Eroyalties.
    *Second Place winner will receive $100 in Epinions Eroyalties.
    *Third Place winner will receive $50 in Epinions Eroyalties.
    *All other winners will receive $20 in Epinions Eroyalties.

    In order to participate in the Write-Off, everyone has to agree to the Write-off Rules.

    Let's start writing!

    Christal & The Epinions Team




    Epinions September Sweepstakes Winners!
    Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
    The Epinions September Sweepstakes Winners are as follows:

    The Grand Prize Winner is ladyconsumer, who will receive $300 in Epinions Eroyalties.

    The fourteen additional winners will receive $25 in eRoyalties and are listed as follows: birdfeather, brendan2, deenaf, dlstewart, jedikermit, luquillo, pestyside, reginafug, ribbit2jen, seacow, shoehorny, swooshfan2, talyseon,and willow1584.

    Thank you all for participating!

    The Epinions Team




    Epinions Read Only Mode
    Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
    Epinions will be in read only mode Wednesday, November 6, 2013 between 11:00AM PST to 1:00PM PST. During this time members will not be able to write or rate content. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    The Epinions Team




    Epinions November $300 Sweepstakes!
    Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013
    We're going to continue on with another $300 Sweepstakes Giveaway.

    Enter to win up to $300 this month on Epinions!

    Write a review on a product or service in Epinions.com's database in the month of November to enter. At the time Epinions.com validates entries, your review must have an overall rating of at least "helpful". Valid review entries written on Electronics, Home & Garden, and Sports & Outdoors products will qualify as two entries into the sweepstakes. Participants must register each review to enter.

    Epinions.com will select 15 winners:
    *Grand Prize winner will receive $300 in Epinions Eroyalties.
    *All other winners will receive $20 in Epinions Eroyalties.

    In order to participate in the Write-Off, everyone has to agree to the Write-off Rules.

    Let's start writing!

    Christal & The Epinions Team




    Epinions Back to School Sweepstakes Winners!
    Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013
    The Epinions Back to School Sweepstakes Winners are as follows:

    The Grand Prize Winner is topreviewerman , who will receive a 16GB iPad Mini, and a $150 Ebay Gift Certificate.

    The fourteen additional winners will receive $25 in eRoyalties and are listed as follows: dandj, faithforever, foshizzlee, freak369, george_chabot, kairosdreaming, ladysmom, merle_levy, mjhollingshead, philips949, talyseon, teamfreak16, ursula_b,and xxxxer.

    Thank you all for participating!

    The Epinions Team




    Epinions October $300 Sweepstakes
    Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
    Enter to win up to $300 this month on Epinions!

    Write a review on a product or service in Epinions.com's database in the month of October to enter. At the time Epinions.com validates entries, your review must have an overall rating of at least "helpful". Valid review entries written on Electronics, Home & Garden, and Sports & Outdoors products will qualify as two entries into the sweepstakes. Participants must register each review to enter.

    Epinions.com will select 20 winners:
    *Grand Prize winner will receive $300 in Epinions Eroyalties.
    *All other winners will receive $20 in Epinions Eroyalties.

    In order to participate in the Write-Off, everyone has to agree to the Write-off Rules.

    Let's start writing!

    Christal & The Epinions Team




    July 2013 First Review Write-Off Sweepstakes Winners!
    Posted: Monday, September 23, 2013
    The Epinions July 2013 First Review Write-Off Sweepstakes Winners are as follows:

    The grand prize winner is PattyTherre, who will receive $500 in eRoyalties.

    The nine additional winners will receive $25 in eRoyalties and are listed as follows: artimis01, bablondie25, bmcnichol, cmrok93, coldsteel7, jeremy1456, quasar, randyman92,and Susie-34668.

    Thank you all for participating!

    The Epinions Team




    Epinions Read Only Mode
    Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013
    Epinions will be in read only mode Monday, September 16, 2013 between 11:00AM PST to 6:00PM PST. During this time members will not be able to write or rate content. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    The Epinions Team




    Epinions Update: Product Catalog Migration
    Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013
    Dear Epinions Community,

    We have exciting news to share with you in regards to the product catalog. To streamline our business as an eBay Inc. company, we will soon be leveraging eBay’s robust product catalog across our portfolio of sites.

    How does this benefit the community?

    • Millions of new products will be available for our community to review
    • No waiting for products to be added using the ‘Suggest a Product’ feature
    • A comprehensive product catalog that includes 3x more Books, Movies, and Music

    With this change, we will be retiring the ‘Suggest a Product’ feature. There will be changes for a few categories. Hotels & Travel, Restaurants, Cars & Motorsports, and Online Stores & Services will operate within its existing product catalog. These categories cannot be supported by the eBay Team at this time. New products and listings will be unavailable for these categories.

    We see the catalog migration as a positive step in the right direction. Our hopes are that by adding more products to the catalog, our members will be able to easily locate the products they wish to review. We will continue to share the progress with the migration in the days to come, so please stay tuned for more details.

    If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email me.

    Thanks,

    Christal & The Epinions Team