you've ever been screwed by a retailer, and hey, who hasn't, right? right?
am I right? huh? huh? ...you'll love Epinions. It's like Consumer Reports
for the internet, without the bother of a pesky subscription! If I'm gonna
make a big purchase, I usually come here to see what people are saying
about whatever I'm interested in. F'rexample, I recently bought my girlfriend
a learning remote online, because Epinions said it was great. We got it,
opened it up, and lo and behold, it was great. And we saw that it was
great, and it was great, and we held it up on high, saying, "This
is pretty great."
See, I knew it would be great, and why it would be great,
before I bought it. The sucky thing about buying stuff online or in stores
is that you get your information about the stuff from the manufacturer
or the salesguy. Now this is fine if you can find a completely
unbiased manufacturer or a knowledgeable salesperson--if you personally
have no trouble finding those, then you can just go on to the next link.
You're still here; so I take it you've been to Best Buy and dealt with
But with Epinions, you type in what you're looking for and read reviews
that regular guys like me and you write; telling their experiences, how
much they paid, what they liked about the product, and especially what
they hated about the product. In short, they tell you what the
catch is. So now you can go, "Ohhhhh...this TV is cheap,
but you have to buy a special power cord separately, and it's backordered
till April, and costs more than the TV does," without having to have
bought the TV. See, that's useful.
The only negatives I have about the site are that it's verrry
heavy on advertisements--advertisements at the top, in the corner, on
the sides, scattered amongst your search results...but hey, they gotta
make their money somehow I spose. And, finding products and sifting through
your search results is not the smoothest easiest thing in the world (partially
because of the ads). But still, this site has saved me lots of money...so
it's okay with me.