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(CNN)   CNN's list of tech products with perfect ratings on Amazon includes products with less than perfect ratings, sub 2-star ratings, and no ratings   ( cnn.com) divider line
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2018-07-10 12:28:04 AM  
Advertising agencies pay well
 
2018-07-10 02:12:34 AM  
I was about to buy some knock-off cartridges for my laser printer, but the 1 ⭐ ratings were all "it's blotchy". I ran the listing against a reboew quality check, and it spat out a D rating for the reviews. My inventory is worth thousands per week, and having the occasional innocuously bad label would cost me more that a real HP laser cartridge.

A school printer might get away with the occasional blotch. But I needed the precision of laser print, no room for things getting lost because I wanted to save a tenth of s cent per label.

shiat, the labels cost 30¢ per sheet. Even if the blotches were visible, I'd be ahead not worrying with the authentic item.
 
2018-07-10 03:55:01 AM  
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2018-07-10 04:01:02 AM  
Usually the bad reviews are the only ones worth reading.   Good reviews are all too often shills or just people happy they received their package.   Similar thing goes for hotels.

Just read the bad reviews and pay attention to the content of the comments.  It's easy to see who was just in a bad mood, got a product broken in the mail, arrived there during bad weather etc, compared to someone who had actual gripes with the product or hotel and can tell you what was wrong with it.
 
2018-07-10 05:06:16 AM  

lindseyp: Usually the bad reviews are the only ones worth reading.   Good reviews are all too often shills or just people happy they received their package.   Similar thing goes for hotels.

Just read the bad reviews and pay attention to the content of the comments.  It's easy to see who was just in a bad mood, got a product broken in the mail, arrived there during bad weather etc, compared to someone who had actual gripes with the product or hotel and can tell you what was wrong with it.


My favorite is when someone writes a review to state that while they may have received the product they haven't actually used it yet.

WHY DID YOU WRITE THE YOU REVIEW IF YOU HAVEN'T ACTUALLY USED THE PRODUCT YET? YOU COULDNT EVEN WAIT A DAY BEFOR....

Sorry, shiat like that makes me wish I could reach through the screen and slap the person on the other side.
 
2018-07-10 06:02:58 AM  

lindseyp: Good reviews are all too often shills or just people happy they received their package.   Similar thing goes for hotels.


when booking a hotel, it's always important to make sure they are good at delivering packages.
 
2018-07-10 07:18:10 AM  

Lumber Jack Off: lindseyp: Usually the bad reviews are the only ones worth reading.   Good reviews are all too often shills or just people happy they received their package.   Similar thing goes for hotels.

Just read the bad reviews and pay attention to the content of the comments.  It's easy to see who was just in a bad mood, got a product broken in the mail, arrived there during bad weather etc, compared to someone who had actual gripes with the product or hotel and can tell you what was wrong with it.

My favorite is when someone writes a review to state that while they may have received the product they haven't actually used it yet.

WHY DID YOU WRITE THE YOU REVIEW IF YOU HAVEN'T ACTUALLY USED THE PRODUCT YET? YOU COULDNT EVEN WAIT A DAY BEFOR....

Sorry, shiat like that makes me wish I could reach through the screen and slap the person on the other side.


My favorite are the people who answer product questions with some variation of "I don't know".

Then STFU and let someone who does answer the question.
 
2018-07-10 09:04:25 AM  
joe714:My favorite are the people who answer product questions with some variation of "I don't know".

Then STFU and let someone who does answer the question.


I think those are mostly old people who get an automated e-mail asking for a review or hints in solving a technical problem. They think an actual person sent it and is waiting for a reply, so they answer because they don't want to be impolite.
 
2018-07-10 09:08:31 AM  
I didn't read this article, but I rate it at two stars.  I got it as a gift for my dog, and he didn't really seem to appreciate it.
 
2018-07-10 09:24:34 AM  

lindseyp: Usually the bad reviews are the only ones worth reading.   Good reviews are all too often shills or just people happy they received their package.   Similar thing goes for hotels.

Just read the bad reviews and pay attention to the content of the comments.  It's easy to see who was just in a bad mood, got a product broken in the mail, arrived there during bad weather etc, compared to someone who had actual gripes with the product or hotel and can tell you what was wrong with it.


I usually look at the 2/3 star reviews. They're the more authentic negative reviews than the 1-star reviews.

You read a handful and see if there are common complaints.
 
2018-07-10 09:30:29 AM  
The problem I find with most product reviews is, for every good one, there's an equal number of bad ones. Then there's the people who don't seem to get how ratings work: "Works as advertised, use it almost daily and have no issues. 3 stars"
 
2018-07-10 09:39:36 AM  
What do you expect from a tech-savvy brand like CNN, who can't even make their "we use cookies" warning go away even after one clicks "I accept" for like the 100th time.
 
2018-07-10 09:40:55 AM  

ReapTheChaos: The problem I find with most product reviews is, for every good one, there's an equal number of bad ones. Then there's the people who don't seem to get how ratings work: "Works as advertised, use it almost daily and have no issues. 3 stars"


Or the one star reviews that read, "received defective product, was promptly replaced with one that works perfectly."

Or my favorite three star review, "Haven't received it yet, but I imagine it will be fine."
 
2018-07-10 09:42:25 AM  

joe714: Lumber Jack Off: lindseyp: Usually the bad reviews are the only ones worth reading.   Good reviews are all too often shills or just people happy they received their package.   Similar thing goes for hotels.

Just read the bad reviews and pay attention to the content of the comments.  It's easy to see who was just in a bad mood, got a product broken in the mail, arrived there during bad weather etc, compared to someone who had actual gripes with the product or hotel and can tell you what was wrong with it.

My favorite is when someone writes a review to state that while they may have received the product they haven't actually used it yet.

WHY DID YOU WRITE THE YOU REVIEW IF YOU HAVEN'T ACTUALLY USED THE PRODUCT YET? YOU COULDNT EVEN WAIT A DAY BEFOR....

Sorry, shiat like that makes me wish I could reach through the screen and slap the person on the other side.

My favorite are the people who answer product questions with some variation of "I don't know".

Then STFU and let someone who does answer the question.


This response is only valid if they point out the question is poorly worded and unanswerable.
 
2018-07-10 09:55:01 AM  
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2018-07-10 09:56:24 AM  
See also: any of the Gizmodo sites and their daily carnival-barking for Amazon about premium iPhone charger cables, $3800 LED TVs reduced to $3600, or whatever other garbage they're trying to clear out.
 
2018-07-10 10:30:03 AM  

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/salute for a legend.

But really, those ratings were all over the place. It had both 5 stars for how convenient it was for snorting coke, and 2 stars for killing someone's entire family.
 
2018-07-10 10:33:20 AM  

Wellon Dowd: I think those are mostly old people who get an automated e-mail asking for a review or hints in solving a technical problem. They think an actual person sent it and is waiting for a reply, so they answer because they don't want to be impolite.


This seems to be the common theory. It's annoying how those responses are cluttering every product, though, and they ought to figure out a way to filter them. Add a query to the "answer" form like "can you answer this question completely?" and if the answer is no, ignore the response.
 
2018-07-10 10:48:27 AM  

loser0: lindseyp: Good reviews are all too often shills or just people happy they received their package.   Similar thing goes for hotels.

when booking a hotel, it's always important to make sure they are good at delivering packages.


I guess that depends on if it is a sex Hotel that provides the services of men.
 
2018-07-10 10:51:04 AM  

Labrat407: [cdn.thisiswhyimbroke.com image 640x533]


That one's actually useful for people who have to do work on their laptops after a job in their cars. If I had known one existed I would have purchased one for my last job
 
2018-07-10 11:08:55 AM  

joe714: My favorite are the people who answer product questions with some variation of "I don't know".


Mine is people who put negative reviews of the seller, on the product.

'seller never shipped the product'

So the product gets a bad review because you bought it from joes discount product shack that drop-ships direct from China vs buying it direct from Amazon.
 
2018-07-10 12:20:05 PM  
Half of the 5 star ratings are from people who opened the box and thought the product looked really nice.

The only reviews worth reading are the 1 and 2 star reviews where the people point out actual shortcomings.
 
2018-07-10 12:26:49 PM  
CNN: For when you want more bullshiat than news, but Fox is just a bridge too damn far.
 
2018-07-11 12:53:34 AM  
How about ones where the star rating doesn't match the text. A one star with a glowing review or a 5 star hit piece about how crappy the item is.
 
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