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We don't control which ads appear on our site. They are placed by outside agencies. The fact that an ad appears on our site by no means indicates we approve of the product. Same thing's true for an ad in the newspaper, or on television or radio.
Your approved review may be put on hold until we are able to publish a page about the company.
Additionally, all reviews are moderated before publishing, meaning that they're not published immediately upon submission, and are filtered for "spam" or fake reviews.
Our Moderation Team evaluates reviews and images to make sure they fulfill our guidelines before publishing. Not all reviews or images are published. The best and most helpful reviews and comments, whether positive or negative, are factually correct, include details from your firsthand experience, and have photos.
Guidelines for writing your review:
We provide four different sorting options and star-rating filter options for our visitors to use while they are researching and reading reviews. Explanations for each are as follows:
“Top Reviews” Displays the most relevant reviews based on our relevancy algorithm that takes into account review recency, helpfulness, user location, and other metadata.
“Most Helpful” Displays the most helpful reviews as ranked by visitors in descending order.
“Recent” Displays reviews in order from most recent to oldest.
“Oldest” Displays reviews from oldest to most recent.
Additionally, you can filter by star-rating across any of the above sorts.
Companies that have a paid membership with Coranks may feature a certain number of reviews at the top of their reviews.
A company’s “Overall Satisfaction Rating” is the average numerical rating submitted by actual consumers with more weight given to recent ratings. Ratings are collected when a consumer submits a review, or through other rating collection methods. If a company has more than thirty ratings in the most recent 12 month period, we only look to the most recent twelve-month period to calculate the company's Overall Satisfaction Rating. We also do not include ratings that are “spam” or fake. As a paid service, we help companies that are accredited members collect ratings and reviews from consumers. We do not write or create reviews, and we never change a rating at a company’s request. If an accredited member disputes the accuracy of a review, depending on the outcome of the dispute, we may not include the rating in the company’s Overall Satisfaction Rating.
Accredited Members have the ability to contact consumers in an effort to work through an issue/problem. The Accredited Member can ask the consumer to update the star rating of their review as part of the resolution process. Only the most current rating from a consumer’s review is factored into the Brand’s overall star rating.
We love it when companies engage with consumers. That's why companies can sign up for Coranks for Brands, which allows them to respond to consumers' for free.
If you haven't already, create an account, then go to Your Profile and then go to 'Your Reviews' tab. Click the title of your review, and click 'Would you like to mark this review as resolved?' to adjust your star-rating and post a new public response.
A Verified Reviewer has created an account on Coranks and confirmed his/her email address through our verification process, has logged in through a social media site like Facebook or Twitter that has confirmed the reviewer's identity, or has been identified by a company that has provided Coranks with valid contact information for the reviewer. Verification ensures reviews are written by credible members of the Coranks community.
With the permission of a Brand, Coranks may call consumers who have purchased goods or services from the Accredited Member in order to ask the consumer about their experiences. In addition, Coranks will never use a consumer’s telephone number provided for review collection to market any goods or services, and will never sell or license the number to another company to do so.
We categorize review content -- by vendor, industry, product, geography, etc. -- so we can spot patterns and trends. We think that as time goes by, this will be a great research tool. It's pretty good right now; we regularly spot new problems with various consumer products.
Your reviews are publicly available on our site to users, and we may share your reviews with others, including companies who have signed up for Coranks for Brands. We may also format and re-distribute your reviews on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr or a Coranks affiliated site.
We forward reviews and comments to companies who have signed up for Coranks for Brands. To receive such information, companies must agree that they will use the information only in an attempt to resolve a review and/or improve their practices, not for marketing purposes. They must also agree not to use the information to sue a consumer.
We provide companies access to a free platform whereby companies can login and send a message to consumers privately and/or respond publicly. When companies use this free platform to read reviews and send messages they cannot see consumers' names or other contact information, rather the message is routed through our system and delivered to the consumer's email address.
A Verified Buyer has purchased the reviewed product or service and provided proof of purchase history to Coranks. This specification is intended to identify those members of our community who are submitting reviews of products that they own or services they've received. Any proof of purchase information submitted to Coranks will not be displayed on our site or used for any other purpose.
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We get countless inquiries like this. We really can't respond to them, partly because we don't have time and partly because no one can keep track of which companies are "legit" and which ones aren't. Consumers need to read our site, and others like it, and judge for themselves whether the company's claims sound credible.
We are a consumer news and information website, and are not set up to respond to requests for advice. We publish general advice on our Web site and we have a resource guide that can help you find assistance elsewhere.
I saw some complaints or reviews on your site that are similar to mine. Can you put me in touch with those people so we can start a class action lawsuit? No. While we occasionally share consumer reviews with attorneys who may seek to prosecute class action lawsuits, we are generally are not set up to connect individual consumers with each other. In many cases, consumers are better off going to Small Claims Court, often the simplest and most inexpensive remedy.
A company that displays the Coranks Accredited Seal has agreed to work with us to respond to consumer comments, whether positive or negative. In exchange for a monthly fee, we provide Coranks Accredited companies with certain information regarding consumer reviews and comments and allow Coranks Accredited companies to respond privately or publicly to the consumer. While Coranks never changes star ratings at a company's request, a consumer may choose to change a star rating after communicating and working with a company, and this could increase a company's overall star rating.
In exchange for a monthly fee, Accredited Members receive information about consumers who have posted reviews on our website in order to communicate with consumers to resolve their issues . While Coranks never changes star ratings at a company's request, a consumer may choose to change a star rating after communicating and working with a company with regards to review or comment. Coranks also helps Accredited Members collect reviews through Facebook, email, feedback cards, targeted phone calls and through its website. As a result, Accredited Members may have more reviews than unaccredited members, which may increase an Accredited Member's star rating.
To see more detail about how our accreditation program works, check out Coranks for Brands.