Amazon Product Advertising API Update Affects ScrapeAZon Plugin

Note: In May of 2019, all three of my plugins (ScrapeAZon, GoodReviews, and Book Previewer) were adopted by another developer. Therefore, I no longer provide direct support for these plugins. Should you require support, please use the WordPress support forum for the appropriate plugin. I am posting the following information just as a courtesy to any plugin user who happens upon my site seeking help or information.

On January 22, 2020, the Amazon Associates program announced that it will end support for the Product Advertising API version 4.0 on March 9, 2020. The program will instead migrate to version 5.0 of the API. Version 5.0 of the API removes support for retrieving customer reviews on a given product.

This migration will apparently create a couple of issues for any Product Advertising API user:

  1. If you continue to use the Product Advertising API in any capacity, you will be required to migrate your AWS credentials to new Product Advertising API credentials using Amazon Associates Central.
  2. The ScrapeAZon plugin will no longer be able to retrieve reviews from the Product Advertising API as of March 9, 2020.

As of this writing (January 2020), the ScrapeAZon plugin still does and always has relied on the Amazon Product Advertising API in order to retrieve reviews because retrieving reviews in any other form was considered a violation of Amazon’s Terms of Service. Therefore, with the March 9, 2020, migration to version 5.0 of the API, Amazon has essentially rendered the plugin obsolete because the plugin will no longer be able to retrieve reviews by using the API.

I no longer maintain ScrapeAZon, nor do I intend to attempt to develop any other solutions for review retrieval from If you are a ScrapeAZon user, I appreciate the support you’ve offered the plugin all these years. I am sad to see Amazon’s support for affiliate display of their product reviews apparently come to an end.

As with anything, it’s possible that Amazon will change their mind and reintroduce support for retrieval of reviews at some point. For now, authors might consider switching to the GoodReviews plugin instead, which enables the display of Goodreads reviews on the author’s site. Sellers of other products might consider searching for other reviews plugins in the WordPress directory.