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‘Frustrating’: Board game creator slams Amazon for rejecting Welsh language reviews

19 Jan 2022 3 minutes Read
People playing HYDERUS? by Confident Games

The creator of a board game has slammed Amazon for continuing to reject Welsh language reviews.

Ceri Price said that has received a number of complains from customers who have been unable to leave a review in Welsh on his game Hyderus? on the e-commerce platform.

He described the situation as “disappointing and frustrating”, but added that he did “rely” on the tech firm.

Amazon has said that it is only possible for customers to leave Welsh language reviews on books that have been written in the language.

The Welsh language board game surged to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list in the run-up to Christmas, when the bilingual family quiz about Wales sold over 3,000 copies

Confident? which was created by couple Ceri Price from Llanelli and Natalie Podd from London was already sold in five languages and six editions across the world, before they decided to launch the Welsh edition.

Co-owner Ceri Price told BBC CymruFyw: “Amazon is a huge company and it’s hard to get through to them to fix something like this.

“They have allowed us to post (the item) but that took them a while.

“They have let us post a bilingual video, but they were telling us for a long time that we need subtitles in things like that.

“But with the reviews, so we can interact with customers, the reviews need to be in Welsh too – it’s frustrating.”

‘Heartbreaking’ 

He added: “Amazon know about this so it’s heartbreaking that they haven’t fixed it already.

“We’ve heard about people who are vocal enough to speak about it, but perhaps more have tried and have failed.

“We just want them to fix it – being able to post in Welsh should be basic.

“They’re really slow, taking weeks to get a reply. It’s a very small problem for them, but for us it’s really important.”

He also suggested that Welsh was being treated to other languages.

“On some products, Amazon show international reviews in different languages with the option to translate to English. Therefore it shouldn’t be hard to receive reviews in Welsh for every product.

“We will keep on trying with Amazon, and if it’s important to the public they should contact Amazon too. The more people who get in touch there bigger chance there is that they’ll do something about it.”

Amazon has previously been criticised for the way it treats Welsh language book reviews.

After being asked why a Welsh language book review was rejected in March 2021 an Amazon spokesperson told Nation.Cymru: “This was due to a technical error for which we apologise. It has now been resolved.”


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Y Cymro
Y Cymro
5 months ago

Amazon are law unto themselves. Would they do this to any other country that spoke a language other than English. Does Jeff Bezos’s company pay tax in Britain?
Hmmm…. quite. There’s your answer.

#Amazon #AntiWelsh #BigotedBezos

Rhosddu
Rhosddu
5 months ago

Write a couple of words just in English, press the Edit button, delete what you’ve written, and write your review in Cymraeg, then save. I’ve done Welsh reviews this way several times.

Gill
Gill
5 months ago

There are local book shops around Wales, stop supporting Amazon and by from them. I can see why Ceri sells on Amazon it make sommercial sense.

Tom P
5 months ago

I also wonder if there are anti-Welsh people clicking the “report abuse” button.

mike
mike
5 months ago

No point wasting space

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