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Old 02-27-2011, 02:27 PM   #21
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I have a saying that once you start reading the Amazon reviews, you're screwed, because you're going to buy the product.
There is at least one thing that I am not buying due to an issue that I didn't know about, but that was discussed in its Amazon reviews.

At least, I haven't bought it so far...
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:45 PM   #22
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To elaborate, if you already are considering buying something, reading the reviews will probably mean reading at least one glowing review that may convince you to purchase. You also may tend to discount some minor flaw if you already think the product is for you.

Finally, a lot of reviewers write their review when they are still in the honeymoon stage. They'll write "I've only had this for a few hours, and already I love it..." People want to validate the wisdom of their expenditure.

After they've had it a year, and are not so happy with it, they're less likely to write a review.

Having said that, I find the reviews extremely valuable. I see that I've written 18 reviews with a full range of ratings.
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:51 PM   #23
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a lot of reviewers write their review when they are still in the honeymoon stage. They'll write "I've only had this for a few hours, and already I love it..." People want to validate the wisdom of their expenditure.
Very true. That's one reason why Amazon's ratings tend to skew heavily toward the positive. There's no need for Amazon to omit the negative ones. In fact, often Amazon visitors will rate reviews as "unhelpful" simply because they're negative, no matter how well-reasoned.

It reminds me of the old story about the government's testing of the effectiveness of propaganda. The government found that it's much more persuasive to present what appears to be a balanced view, rather than focus exclusively on the positive. Amazon's rating system (and the sales it spurs) is proof of that.

I've written a lot of reviews for Amazon, most of them positive. The fact is you're more likely to be motivated to write a review if it's a product you love or hate. For that reason, I don't agree with those who recommend you ignore the 1 and 5 star reviews. That assumes every product can only be somewhere between fair and good.

The transparently fake reviews I've noticed recently have been along the lines of "this product is OK, but this other product I'm linking to is much better." Not too many of those, though.
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Mowing the lawn wearing flip-flops? The Internet will not let her get away with that.
I did have some words to say to her about that. She forgot to bring her other shoes and insisted she wanted to try out the mower.

You know how women are. Sometimes they're just unreasonably stubborn, arguing is an exercise in futility, and the best thing to do is shut up and keep 911 on speed dial.
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I did have some words to say to her about that. She forgot to bring her other shoes and insisted she wanted to try out the mower.

You know how women are. Sometimes they're just unreasonably stubborn, arguing is an exercise in futility, and the best thing to do is shut up and keep 911 on speed dial.
No we're not!

Try, "Honey, I love you more than life itself, cherish and adore you, and would never let you risk losing your feet in a silly lawnmower accident. Let's go buy some new shoes for you right now, so that you can try out the mower and keep those precious, beautiful feet safe and secure. It'll only take a minute, my love."
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No we're not!

Try, "Honey, I love you more than life itself, cherish and adore you, and would never let you risk losing your feet in a silly lawnmower accident. Let's go buy some new shoes for you right now, so that you can try out the mower and keep those precious, beautiful feet safe and secure. It'll only take a minute, my love."
Yes, I could just see the puzzled look on her face after those words were spoken.

Well I'm glad to hear about all of your postings. As I said Amazon has always been great in all of my purchasing experiences. I have read articles about the shills that companies hire to write positive reviews for them. I even went on a web site that advertised for this looking for people with good writing skills to submit some sample reviews. So I know it happens. Just never knew to what extent. Like most of you said. I don't feel comfortable with only a few reviews. I feel much better when there are greater number, cause you know they are bound to be more representative.
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This article was in today's ConsumerWorld newsletter, discussing how to tell fake reviews from real ones, and suggesting other review sites. I'm not familiar with Buzzillions, but will probably start looking at it. I'm an Amazon fan, but I'm also skeptical of the five/one star reviews

Learn to Dissect Lies from Truth in Consumer Reviews
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Nice link NeverBored. One thing they mentioned that I look for that sends red flags up is when they are reviewing anything techie. (router) If I start reading someones review who uses a lot of the technical jargon in explaining it's wonderful performance, I assume it could be fake.

Most people, even techie's don't go into such technical detail in their personal review. I think actual consumers tend to explain in more laymans terms what they like about an item and what they don't. Though I'm sure there are exceptions as with anything. I do know, according to what I have read before, that they do go to great lengths to make review sound like it came from Joe Blow, including bad grammar and misspelling - so what are you going to do. If it sounds too informative - it could be fake. If it sounds too dumb - it could be fake. Just hold your breath, and push BUY NOW.
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Try, "Honey, I love you more than life itself, cherish and adore you, and would never let you risk losing your feet in a silly lawnmower accident. Let's go buy some new shoes for you right now, so that you can try out the mower and keep those precious, beautiful feet safe and secure. It'll only take a minute, my love."
Then she'll be mowing in Prada heels. I've drawn this picture to illustrate.

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