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Reverbnation RIPOFF

Hi friends and fellow musicians.
I have had an intolerable time with the pirates at reverbnation and since they are unwilling to respond to me or address the problem I want to make sure everyone who might need to know, knows what liars and ripoff artists they are.

They offer you a free service.
Hidden in the terms and conditions is a signup for another (paid) service - the free service is not free at all. Any ethical business says 'get this when you do this' right upfront.
When you discover this and try to cancel, they 'lose' your cancellation and bill you again.
When you complain to them their support staff sends you a form letter which clearly indicates that no one read your message or cares about your issue.
The idea is that you will give up fighting them and they will keep your money.



Crowd Review "Reverbnations Big secret"

Understood, but the fact Reverb puts out a level at 7 out of 10 to get on the front page and the CEO says that this is 95% accurate is not true. There is more like 40% is bogus if you pay the larger amount like any statistic it will get more real, but because they pay these people contradicts the unbiased view and then people review with absolute garbage, unrelated or just plain mean spirited. The Number one music site has reviews I don't pay for except for my membership and the reviews for the most part are fair and even keeled. I just feel my $20 would've been spent better. I would be willing to pay more if the people reviewing were legitimate reviewer that would get paid, but are educated through schooling or experience and the money would be just a service fee. It should be at least where artists critique artists, part of the checks and balances. Besides it busts me up that I get a 6.4 or 6.5 and the bogus reviews I know knocked down my higher score from being a contender.

Just an observation though, the 200 for $99.95 and the 50 for $19.95??? Uh if I did the math I can get 4 silver reviews for less than one gold review. No value added reasoning for the extra price. I know that a person gets to see the reviewers scores at one point and a first name of the reviewer.

Well gotta give it to Mike the reverb rep for commenting back and shutting down discussions on the words Crowd Review Rip-Off.

They don't over-site the reviews to ensure quality. This for the money is a rip-off since Mike admitted that he's had problems with ignorant reviews, yet they don nothing, but charge a lot of money for little to no effort except use sound out service to get reviews however they come and then make you a PDF and give you the bad news. Original is not good for everyone and Reverb should look into a better site that is targeted better toward original music reviews. Don't waste your money it is pure luck if you get a 7 or better no matter how good you are.

MIKE R (Official ReverbNation Rep) RESPONSE:

Thanks for your feedback here, this service isn't for everybody and I understand your opinion about it. Regardless we appreciate that you gave it a try. Please don't take offense to the closure of threads. You can understand that there is only a couple of us who moderate these boards and we have a relatively small support staff. We also don't have the manpower to check every Crowd Review or provide our own quality control, but I am happy to pass your comments and your feedback to our developers and our marketing team who collaborate with the SoundOut representatives.



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What I wanted to report as damages was:

Membership extended and credit for charges of services not requested. However this wouldn't go through.. so I realized I had to give a monetary amount. $100 is for 4 $25 charges and $20 is for a pro-rated amount of the membership I've lost since they locked my account.

The Claim:


Because (a Promotion Company for musicians, singer-songwriters) was offering a week free to promote a song, I decided to promote a Christmas song that had a special messsage. I sent them an email the day I saw the promotion (Nov.1st), stating that I wanted the promotion to start on Nov. 15th and end in mid Dec. With the free week, that would have cost me $75, which is what I'd budgeted for this song. The same day I became a member of Revernation for $59.95. Soon after they sent me an email, stating they'd charged my credit card for $25. I wrote them right away that it was to start on November 15th, and why wasn't the first week free as advertised. I got a form-type email back that if I wanted to cancel my subscription I'd need to do it online, that they couldn't cancel it for me.



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