ReviewerCard – Is it Legit?

I’ll admit it. I’m sucker when it comes to showing off. A flashy watch, or an expensive vehicle has always been a weakness of mine. The idea of white-glove service and enjoying perks that the Ordinary Joe might not otherwise, is something that I think most of us enjoy, and now with ReviewerCard, online reviewers can enjoy (at least that’s the idea) top-notch, hand over foot service when you go out for lunch, or stay at that beach front resort for the weekend.

ReviewerCard is a membership card and ‘community’ for reviewers. According to their site, there isn’t a fee associated with membership, however if you’d like a shiny, black card that reads, “ReviewerCard: I write reviews”, it’s going to cost you a flat $100. I personally haven’t tried submitting an application, but I suspect any decent online presence would suffice. After all, it is a business.

Here’s a few reviews of ReviewerCard:


Brad Newman developed ReviewerCard after having a rather unpleasant experience at a popular cafe in Aix En Provence, France. He mentioned to the waiter that he intended on going back to his hotel room and leaving a poor review about the cafe, which in turn caused the waiter and management to comp his meal and apologize. The power of negative reviews intrigued Brad, which in turn gave him the idea to launch this ‘community’. Apparently the ReviewerCard is meant to “provide active reviewers with better experiences wherever they are in the world.”

Now – as I said before – I’m all for special service, but I could see here where some might misuse this card. And who determines if your reviews are better than mine? Is Brad measuring everyone’s Clout score, or something?

According to their website, ReviewerCard’s mission is to empower reviewers and protect businesses. I’m going to go ahead and give these guys the benefit of the doubt. There has been a few negative reviews of Brad’s new service and while I understand those points of view, I also know how important online reviews can be for a business. I think this idea could be a winner if, and only if, Brad set a limit of activity required by the ReviewerCard holder. The last thing the company wants is for schmucks like myself running into Applebee’s and demanding free southwest egg rolls.

So what do you think of ReviewerCard? Is it legit?

Chase Williams

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  • Matthew

    Basically you are paying $100 for a black index card that says I write reviews. Couldn’t you make that at home? Why does it cost $100?

    Moreover, don’t you think you might cause the service people to spit in your food and treat you worse?

    • Chase Williams

      I suppose you could just make your own. The price is explained as a kind of ‘premier’ membership by ReviewerCard. Details are withheld until an application is accepted… which is a bit peculiar.

      I’m not too keen on presenting a ReviewerCard either… I would think higher-end establishments would strive for perfection and not just perform under a spotlight. As for the spitting, well… that’s a bit tough… they might react positively, or negatively. Hard to say. One thing is for sure, carrying that thing is a bit pretentious.

      • Matthew

        IDK if you listen to it or not, but there is an NPR radio show called Wait Wait Don’t tell me. That’s where I heard about this card. Their joke was that for $50 less you could buy the “please spit in my food” card. They were joking but that is what I would be worried about. Besides, as you said higher end establishments shouldn’t need the stick.

        • Chase Williams

          I do listen to NPR, but I’m not familiar with that show. I completely agree though. I think Brad could have handled the marketing a bit differently on this one.

  • James C. Gammage

    I don’t know.

    In today’s economy, $100 is pretty steep for nothing aside from a card. That sounds to me like someone just trying to make a buck. Now, if there were some sort of legit backing to the card – like some sort of authority or something that would protect the cardholders, or provide them with some type of perks aside from an overpriced piece of plastic, I could see it.

    But to simply have a card that reads: “I review stuff.” Seems like people wouldn’t take it very seriously.

    • Chase Williams

      I completely agree James.