Another Dumb Question: This time, Amazon.com

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  1. gwartney

    gwartney Unafilliated Gold

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    When you are looking at items, how much do you consider the reviews?

    Say you were looking at an item that is rated 4.5 stars. Sounds pretty good, eh?

    Then you go to the actual reviews. Almost 10% one star. The one star reviews are all gloom and doom about the product. And many of them are recent, within the last two or three months.

    I'm talking about an item that has a substantial number of reviews, 200 or more. I did the math and Amazon does not play any shenanigans with their reviews. If you divide the number of reviews by the individual star ratings, Amazon uses the actual earned rating for its overall ratings.

    So, you have an item with 200 ratings and 20 people have had really bad problems recently but everyone else says its wonderful, what would you do? I've seen this time and time again and never know what to do.
     
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    Kanye West Yeezus!

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    i buy it and if it fucks up then i just return it, they are good about that
     
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    I read the reviews to see what the complaints are. I can tell from the reviews what I'm getting.
     
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    Both of these are great answers. I agree that Amazon is great on returns. I'm looking at a laptop (still) and there is the pain in the ass factor of loading your shit on it and then having to return it.

    As far as the reviews, it's harder with a computer because they do more than one thing. 20 people had problems, 5 or so of them were the exact same problem. And the reviews are recent which leads me to believe they may have a production problem. I will hate it if I order this thing and then have the same problem I was warned about.
     
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    Kanye West Yeezus!

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    I usually go to Tiger Direct or the manufacturers website if i want a computer....but im an apple guy now so call me faggot
     
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    Of course I look at the reviews...but you have to be smart and understand that if it got a negative review because someone thought it shipped too slowly or they bought an item with expectations the product isn't meant to meet then you throw those bad reviews out.
     
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    I guess I'm a cheapskate but if I find that unit on Amazon and it is 30 or 40 bucks cheaper, taking shipping, tax, warranty, etc into account, it's hard for me to buy it from someone else. I want to be able to see something for those extra few bucks. I just have a hard time pulling the trigger.
     
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    i do the same for certain DJ equipment i buy..
     
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    gwartney Unafilliated Gold

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    Absolutely. Plus, people are much more likely to go to the effort of putting in a review if they are mad than if they are happy so the number of satisfied customers vs unsatisfied could be skewed.
     
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    if it is camera equipment which I buy quite a bit of I checkout reviews from amazon, B&H and Adorama then I also watch youtube video reviews. I always do tons of research with any big purchase, less chance of regret later.
     
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    gwartney Unafilliated Gold

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    I wish I was buying a D750. It's a laptop to replace my broken one.
    laptop.jpg
     
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    ouch, did you drop it when you were at Great Falls?
     
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    No, I did it a couple of weeks ago. I had it in a backpack and was carrying it around most of the day. When I took it out, it was damaged like that. I couldn't remember banging it anywhere but it must have been a hell of a hit. That bag has pretty good padding.
     
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    Probably obvious, but you can sometimes go by the date of the comments to see if it's gotten better or worse so don't just look at the first page
     
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    Yeah, that's what's concerning me. Several of the comments are new.
     
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    i buy damn near everything but groceries through amazon. i always read the reviews and i typically look at the most recent ones. products change over the years and a once good product can now be shit.

    bad reveiws are often a one time problem somebody had. i ignore them. the great thing is, if you don't like it, send it back. in my experience, amazon rolls over backwards to satisfy their customers.
     
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