Following the March 1st Announcement to go Public, Trustpilot deletes over 2.2 million accredited businesses' reviews as well as Paid Accounts for allegedly being "bad/fake reviews".
Despite being legitimate, tax-paying small business owners, many RC vendors in Europe, such as the highly-acclaimed Chemical-Collective (prior to their sudden removal, Chemical-Collective had a whopping Four Point Seven Star average trustpilot review score from "1,400- verified members") as well as several other NL vendors such as Chemical Planet, Rarechems, and several others. Coincidentally seemingly only one NL-based clearnet site, The Real RC, has managed to keep their reviews completely intact. This of course includes their subsidized Austrian review/tabloid Rc-scene.com
why would a Danish based review company take such an aggressive stance against RC's?
Over 2.2m (5.7%) fake* reviews were detected and curbed from nearly 39 million written in 2020
Trustpilot enforces platform guidelines issuing over 1,000 formal ‘cease and desist’ letters and 522 public consumer warnings during 2020
Continued growth in Trustpilot’s publicly open platform shows the importance of consumers wanting to share their experiences without fear of manipulation.
"...and there may be suspicion that, by charging businesses to send out review invitations and reminders, it might be helping them skew their scores." - Carolyn Jameson, Head of Marketing, CMA.
This, of course comes right after Trustpilot's March 1st announcement to go Public as an IPO in the London Stock Exchange.
This follows the sudden audit of 2.2 million suddenly "fake" verified trustpilot reviews, which were deleted on March 4th, following their sudden announcement on March 1st. Despite CEO Peter Holten Mühlmann already admitting to breaking a promise of accountability in June 2020 he admitted his company failed to keep.
Source: Trustpilot's blog
Despite claiming that RC Vendors "provide illegal content", NL-based Chemical-Collective, as well a dozen other small businesses that handle the sale and research of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), have continued to abide by the Law and jurisdiction of the Netherlands.
Meanwhile, The Real RC's CEO "Alex", has already faced accusations of selling globally scheduled compounds, including their being arrested on allegations of narcotics distribution via a now-seized and deceased webshop Research Groups Nederland. TRC was reached for comment but as usual, they tell to file a ticket and then go weeks before not addressing the question at all.
"The [TRC] web shop was created in early 2019, but until their arrest, Alex P.(CEO) and his team had already been selling Research Chemicals (including various analogues of Fentanyl, a legal, but dangerous opiate, as well as A-PVP aka “flakka”) under the name “RGN Research Group Netherland“. - Trusted RC Shops, Rc-Scene.com.
UPDATE: MARCH 8TH: RENE FROM RC ISSUED THE FOLLOWING DETAILS AND CLARIFICATION REGARDING TRC'S RUN IN WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT. THIS IS AFTER (TYPICALLY) MAKING ACCUSATIONS AGAINST US VENDORS BEING CRIMINALS UNCONDITIONALLY: -
..."One more thing: It took me two weeks reading Dutch newspapers to tell Alex's story...
..." I won't tell you today, maybe I will call and tell the story. He was arrested because Lizard Labs had a week ago sold him a scheduled substance...
"... He did not sell that Flakka, it was** still in the building** but not for sale. At court, all his friends claimed he would have managed a secret store and they would not have known that any the things they sold would have been illegal. They had 10 kilos of cocaine hidden at their grandmothers, as well as tens of thousand of XTC pills.. The judge ruled to return all seized money to Alex. The cocaine brothers were not even convicted.** The Fentanyl analogues he sold were mixed like 1:100 to make sure nobody could overdose.**"
Please note: He not only admits that fentanyl was in fact distributed by TRC AND Adulterated for "safety Reasons" (as if anyone considers illegal fent distribution "Safe", but took the time to point out that Dopek.info (his main competition) was also manipulated by RC-scene directly via manipulating webcode. This is called Fraud.
"There lies a ton of responsibility that comes with operating such a project. This is why no text will be published unless I have a) rephrased and b) checked it against anything that I either don't want or that was something (like praising drugs or trip reports) that are not part of the concept I provided to e.g. Automattic. And this is why I cannot help it but must categorize a scammer as soon as possible."
Follows is the admission of endorsing and soliciting the sale of a known scamm site. (There was no proof presented to back up these allegations; merely proof coming his personal relationship with TRC and his organized crime ring.)
Last year, some stupid fuck stole 4,000 USD from the community - although I warned against ordering with him. Such things made me learn the had way. People in the US do not think. They would not place a test order, they order for 1,000 USD although I added a warning in red letters to not order with that guy.
"It is no coincidence that 90% of scam sites are targeted at Americans. Well, now I know. EU vendors will not be added until their provide their company data and VAT. This is a million places ahead of e.g. illegal forums like dbg.
But he then commits fraud readily admitting to sabotaging the competition.
"Dopek, I found out to trying to fake their statistics using a script. They fell back something like 3 million places in a single month :-D.."
"Alex works like any honest business you could think of." - Renè, Rc-Scene
Auhor's Note: "RC SCENE claims to be ranked #600,000 of all major sites worldwide. Yet Trustpilot's data is the only reason for this, despite the four or so TOS breaches made to obtain this rank. Trust was again reached for comment via VPN refusing to comment.
This also comes at a time in which Chemical-Collective reached and broke an all-time record for positive Trustpilot reviews; Despite their Monthly newsletter celebrating this milestone, within ours, a followup laid out the details surrounding the complete censorship and deletion of their Trustpilot legacy and credbiility. Trustpilot is a paid service of almost 3,000 Euros a year, that is non-refundable. I've reached out to Realchems as well as Chemical-Collective, and also other vendors across the scene in both the US and China. While US Vendors are highly stigmatized due to many having a poor business ethic, many including clearnet vendors EZSolutions of the US, and LongFlourishRC of China, both of whom operate within the laws of their own countries, and also do not ship scheduled compounds where they aren't permissable. Yet Only NL Vendors such as Realchems, Coolchems, etc are facing prejudice and it almost seems like the competition is being character assassinated in an attempt to get their reputations mired in skepticism.
"Trustpilot haven't responded to our [inquiry into why our account was getting removed and reviews deleted]. Out of all the effected vendors, I believe they have only responded to RealChems but just reiterated that they were a 'bad fit business'. The definitions of this are pretty clear though and we don't come under of any of Trustpilots' [defintitions of a "bad business."]
...At the end of the day, as a private business, Trustpilot have the rights to withhold their services - but defining us as a 'bad fit business' is defamation and just not true."
"We believe in creating an overall experience for our customers, with the best customer service and support we can give with a dedicated customer support team."
-Official Statement from Chemical Collective's support staff.
Chemical-Collective's respresentative continued:
"...It's a kick in the teeth to:
A: be targeted like this by trustpilot. Our reviews really show the work we've been putting in,
B: Be falsely targeted while other vendors who don't uphold the ethics and beliefs that we do get left alone."
- The Representative for Chemical Collective.
Trustpilot was incapable of being reached for comment by the Associated Press in the US due to region-locking most of their press section (https://press.trustpilot.com/) on their website to IP Addresses in the USA.
RC-scene was reachable for comment, but illegible due to the amount of profanity and threats of retaliation.
(Authors Note: I had to use a VPN + Mozilla Nightly to even find half of this information, which is still legally distributed under the Descriptive Fair Use doctrine in the United States, and Fair Dealing exclusion in the Commonwealth of Nations in the EU. All of this content can also be read in cache data found around the Web.)
Associate Director of Public Relations "Aynrose", of SeekSanctuary.net was "Absolutely horrified" by the bias presented in the content removal of dozens of reputable businesses, even removal and exclusion of reviews found outside the RC Industry.
"What I'm seeing is an absolute travesty that decimates the integrity of the third-party review industry in Europe. These companies are largely dependant on feedback found via user-submitted criticism, as well as word of mouth, and their reputations depend upon it. It's absolutely dispicable that Trustpilot is regarded as the Gold standard for a business's quality of service, when [Trustpilot] continues to allow yellow journalism in its worst form since The Bay of Pigs Scandal in 1961." - Aynrose, Seeksanctuary.net
At the time of the publication of this article (06/03/21), The Real RC continues to maintain a score of 3.9 on Trustpilot, including the "oversight" of their trustpilot account, as well as their most sponsored affiliate RC-Scene's, while US and EU vendors alike continue to have their reviews disregarded and deleted.