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Old 04-22-2009, 08:45 PM   #1
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Another thread made reference to consulting Angie's list for a dental recommendation. I've been tempted to subscribe to this service for a while now and am wondering who has found it worthwhile, especially for medical professionals, whom are difficult to assess i.e. they may have all the credentials but have a terrible bedside manner or other issues.
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:27 PM   #2
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I subscribed and ultimately quit pretty disappointed. While useful for some services, it was very subjective -- kind of like reading product reviews when you pick something out on Amazon -- a combination of useful and vindictive reviews.

Their system at that time required that when you posted a negative review the vendor got to know your name and was given a chance to answer the complaint. That seems fair enough, but in our case we had a terrible experience with a swimming pool company and wanted to publish it so others could see. Problem was, we needed to continue with that vendor for a 1 year warranty and other periodic services, adjustments, etc. If I published a negative review, it would alert them as to who I am, and you can only imagine how that would have affected the already-terrible service we were receiving. I'd have preferred that the complaint got passed along to the vendor anonymously.

Finally, it was common for them to only have 2 or 3 reviews even for businesses where there were dozens in the yellow pages. You wondered whether their sample was meaningful or just a few atypical experiences.

In the end, we went back to good old word of mouth + luck of the lot.

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Two things I hate to do when I go to a new town: find a competent but honest mechanic and find a competent dentist.

I was advised once to ask an orthodontist for a few names of good dentists to choose from. Orthodontists see the work of many dentists. Ask for--say--three names.
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I was advised once to ask an orthodontist for a few names of good dentists to choose from. Orthodontists see the work of many dentists. Ask for--say--three names.
How do you know the orthodontist you're asking is any good?
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Beats me. I never used this advice.
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