On Wed, 29 Sep 2010 08:38:22 -0400, "Stormin Mormon"
How much do those reviews really matter? I'd say not much. If someone
raves about a product, how do you know THAT is a reliable review?
I look at the overall body of reviews to see which way they trend, and
if several reviews mention a particular point. A product with less
than 20-30 reviews may as well not have any.
I'll add a little to the tons of
"reviews". I bought a Multi-Tool from
HF and have used it several times. It
worked as good at the $400 real-deal but
only cost $35 plus shipping and yes, I
have used a MultiMaster. I'm very
satisfied. Maybe the professional that
uses it 8 hours a day will wear it out,
but for the average homeowner, it is a
great tool. It gets into places nothing
else can. I actually used is about an
hour ago to notch out a 1x10. Yes, I
could have sawed a couple of slots and
then, break off the piece, but this tool
does a nice clean cut.
Instead of any particular item causing grief, it's HF's pricing games
that have left a bitter aftertaste. I'll show up like a naive schoolboy
with my coupon in hand only to discover that a week later the item(s)
will be priced less, or priced the same but then eligible for the 20%
coupon. But since returning a week later would be a special 120 mile
drive, about $30 in fuel, it becomes a choice between getting ripped a
little, alot, or leaving empty handed. HF has become a place where I
hate the store but am okay with the merchandise.
I know that concept. The item I bought last week, is now ten bucks
less. That's irritating. Like the 3 galon compressor I thought was
good at $40 down from $70, and then next week it's $30.
On the other hand, I've caught good prices on tools. The 20% coupons
Too funny. Sitting on the floor next to me this very second mocking me
is the 3 gallon compressor I bought a bit over a week ago. Forevermore
when I look at it I'll think "$8".
When poked through the pile of HF spam I noticed that the online version
of this weekend's sale ad included items not in the printed version.
One of them is a cylindrical tank 3 gallon oilless compressor which
includes hose and tire chuck, $40. Double D'Oh!
In August I rescheduled the errands in order to get that famous
multitool for $24. So, an occasional win. Had there been adequate
notice this time around it's likely that sitting next to me this very
second would also be a sliding compound miter saw.
On Tue, 28 Sep 2010 09:00:01 -0400, "Stormin Mormon"
It's good to write a review after using a product. I look at reviews
before I buy most stuff.
But you have to use some discrimination.
Toss out the,
"I just opened the box. It's beautiful. Color perfecty compliments
my other appliances. 5 Stars!"
"Man, this is one good drill. Used it for 2 weeks now and already
drilled 17 1/4" holes through the 2x4's for my new rabbit cages.
Definitely 5 Stars!"
"This buffer is junk. I used my last Acme buffer to sand 3 vanities
and a wardrobe. I can't even glue the sandpaper to this one.
It just won't stick to the pad they use. 0 Stars!"
You get the picture.
Besides, I got a couple of feelings about the reviews.
People are more likely to squawk than praise.
So the "rating" can be deceptive.
You get a hundred reviews with half complaining.
But maybe they sold 1000. That probably means the product is better
than the reviews indicate.
Then you got your $300 toaster.
The people that pay $300 for a f**king toaster are probably too stupid
to know what's making their bagels all black and real crunchy, but
can still manage to type out "5 Stars!"
Of course some have moments of sanity, and write a review saying
"I can't believe I paid $300 for this f**king toaster."
But most paying big bucks for junk will stand by their junk.
Having said all that, I bought a washing machine with pretty bad
reviews. But the reviews compelled me to pay almost 200 bucks for an
"instant replacement" warranty.
I hardly ever buy that kind of warranty.
Why did I buy that washer?
It's the one my wife wanted.
I figured 200 bucks was worth keeping her quiet.
It almost worked.
You are always rolling the dice.
I clicked on the link followed by learn more about Jesus but it was
not working but I did find a link that was benificial!
Here it is if anyone wants to learn.
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