Depending on who you ask, Review Stream is either a great way to earn some money, or a scam. Let’s see what we’ll get if we dig a little deeper then.
Review Stream claims to be “the only place on the Internet you can earn some cash just for writing the reviews!” Of course that’s not even remotely true, but I suppose we can chalk that up to “creative advertising”. Anyway, the odd thing about Review Stream is that for everyone giving it the ok as a legitimate site, there’s an equal number of them out there who say it’s nothing more than a scam. Let’s see if this article can shed some light on the matter once and for all.
Hmm, let’s see what some searching around on the Internet will uncover.
OK, here are links to some reviews about Review Stream.
*Note that the first two articles that I linked to get commented on by someone claiming to be “Reviewstream.com” Of course, anyone can claim to be “Reviewstream.com”, but to tell the truth, Reviewstream.com staff do sound like that, so I am going to make an educated guess and say that yes, those comments were by Reviewstream.com.
I find that my search turns up mixed reviews about Review Stream. I try looking at who wrote which articles to see which ones I should trust, but I see writers I do know as trustworthy writing for both sides (as well as “writers” who I don’t trust writing for both). So, no conclusion there.
I’ll look at Reviewstream itself then.
Let’s see what I do know about it. I have known about the site for a couple of years, and it appears that they have been around since 2005. Despite being around for this long, their website is still ugly and clunky and hard to navigate.
If we assume that the comment made in one of the articles was really made by Review Stream, they see no problem with having a yahoo e-mail address because “there spam filters are working great.” Review Stream staff are rude and have a poor grasp of English. And they are also vague about their criteria for accepting reviews. Again, assuming that it really was Review Stream making the comment, Review Stream claims to be based in Auckland, New Zealand. Looking at their Whois records, I find that they are hiding their real address by using a US proxy to register under a US address. And despite being supposed to be based in New Zealand, they somehow have a decision of exclusively hiring staff with a poor grasp of English.
Conclusion: They may or may not be a scam, but they do behave like one. The mixed reviews by writers needs some explaining, and while it may not be the case, the most logical explanation to come to mind is that they are operating a “pay x out of 10 writers” scam. So, all in all, I would say that Review Stream is likely a scam.