If you research dog wheelchairs on Amazon and check some of the reviews, you’ll notice that some of the really obscure brands that look cheap and flimsy have hundreds of great reviews while the top-selling high quality chair has fewer reviews. Ever wonder why?
Well, I think I’ve figured it out. Turns out that Amazon reviews are not always real (surprise!) Often, the seller of an inferior product will “arrange for” good reviews. Fortunately these can be detected. A site called ReviewMeta.com has an ingenious way of detecting reviews that are probably fake. I’ll explain some of their logic, but first, let’s look at some of the results.
18 Reviews of 4.6 or higher have been deleted. This could indicate that the reviews were flagged as suspicious. 29% (61 highly positive reviews) have unverified purchases. Verified purchaser reviews are less happy. That means that 61 people who have no record of purchases love the product while people who definitely bought the product, well, not so much. 14% (31 highly positive reviews) reviewed only this product. That is suspicious because most people who review products review several others. Are they fake accounts? 17% (36 highly positive reviewers) have no verified purchases. People with verified purchases were not so impressed. 10% (21 people) have had previous reviews deleted. Are they repeat offenders? 15% (33 highly positive reviews) had repetitive phrases. They don’t sound natural and the ones without repetitive phrases rated the product much lower.
Overall, ReviewMeta was not impressed with the reviews of this product.
Let’s contrast this with a top-selling, high-quality brand, the Walkin’ Wheels
Although the reviews are fewer, ReviewMeta likes them. They appear to be real.
Here’s a Really bad one!
After adjusting this product’s ranking for unnatural reviews, it gets just over a 2.5 star rating!
Thank you for sending Bullet’s new dog wheelchair out so quickly! He instantly accepted both the harness and the chair and soon began to walk. He was able to help himself to his water for the first time in months without assistance! His Walkin’ Wheels was easy to assemble and it is well built. – Carol, Bullet’s Owner
Sucky has a new lease on life and we’re so thankful that we can give him not only wheels to keep him mobile, but the best retirement he can have. Sucky is an inspiration to just about everyone who comes into the shelter. We’re hoping his health will allow him to participate in a 5km run with our staff at our Annual Memorial Dog Walk and Carnival fundraising in August this year. Since receiving his wheels, he has put on some weight and gained some muscle tone in his back legs again. We’ve seen him improve with his mobility when out of the chair as well. I think he’s happier knowing he can get outside and go at his normal speed. Someone commented that he would take a while to get used to his chair, but he embraced it. He doesn’t see the disability, he sees only ability. When our volunteers take him out for the first time we always tell them to stay out of the way and try to keep up! They come back with huge grins and surprise at how able Sucky is. – Dana
We sadly lost our Katie Belle at the ripe old age of 18 early in 2016. She was a girl who could run like the wind! She covered many miles each day hiking through woods as well as neighborhood streets. When a disc problem left her too unsteady to walk on her own, a shiny new set of Walkin’ Wheels gave her mobility back for her final two years of life. She took to the wheels like a fish to water! Exploring the world, nose to the ground, was what she lived for. Our walks changed over those two years in the wheels – smaller hills, less rugged terrain, though still they undoubtedly remained the highlight of her days. We were so fortunate to have her, and so very fortunate to have been able to extend her pleasures and her life for an additional two years thanks to our wheels! So many people learned about the possibility of extending the life of a handicapped pet after meeting Katie. She was most definitely a show stopper where ever we went! PS – This video was taken about 5 months before the end and as you can see, there was still a lot of GO in this old girl on wheels!
After a month in his new Wheels, Crash is back on the trails! He was completely non-weight bearing on his back left leg before rehabbing with the Wheels. I attached two short videos to show you all how great he’s doing.
Stella is adapting very well to her dog wheelchair! She was doing lot of just backward movement the first 2 days, but has started moving forward, even chasing Emme a bit. Potty needs have been going well. It’s so nice to see her able to pee or poo without having to drag herself in it! Today she even tried to raise up her hind quarters when she wasn’t in her cart and tried to walk a bit on her own. I’m not thinking she’ll be able to, but, just that she even tried. Pretty cool.
I am SO very impressed with our Hot Pink Walking Wheels for our fur baby, “Callie Anne.” We had just installed wood floors and the ONLY thing we can think is that she slipped. She was fine one minute and diagnosed the next day as paralyzed. We attempted to “make a cart” via YouTube examples. Major fail! We decided she deserved to have something that would really work. I received it and put it together myself in no time. At first, Callie Anne was frightened and didn’t want to move. Except for some bacon treats that got her moving. It certainly was a big relief to us, considering my knee replacement and my husband’s back. NOW, she thinks her PINK HOT WHEELS is for play time! Her back legs that dangled for the first couple of weeks are now moving! She has been receiving acupuncture, and to my excitement the outcome is she is beginning to walk. Not anything steady yet, but we are certain she will be able to walk, for sure on carpet, and outdoors. These wood floors just may have to have a path of rugs.HandicappedPets.com customer service was fast, responded to my questions within 24 hours or less, and everything arrived in perfect condition. I am so impressed; I have started a fundraiser with my vet in my personal business to be able to raise funds in the event someone needs Walking Wheels for their dog! Callie makes Secretariat look slow in her new Walking Wheels!DiAnne
Mac loves his new Wheels. It took a few tries before he got used to them, but now he takes off and loves the freedom. He also uses his back leg, the one that was paralyzed, which is great exercise for strengthening that leg. When he sees his “Wheels” being readied, he gets excited. Thanks so much!