Reviews: Get To The Point

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Initial post: 3 Jul 2014 19:03:36 BDT
Amazon, please have guidelines for reviews that include "don't ramble on", eg "I bought this to replace X" or "I bought this for my son/uncle/great aunt twice removed"

No one cares. Just tell us about the product.

Posted on 4 Jul 2014 09:28:33 BDT
hades says:

Posted on 5 Jul 2014 15:35:22 BDT
Ntathu Allen says:
I disagree. There is so much choice these days, I always check out reviews before buying goods online and the more details someone leaves the more helpful it is to me in making my decision. I feel it is good to know the background and reasons why someone brought something and value they (or family/friends) got from product.

Posted on 5 Jul 2014 18:19:22 BDT
Roe Deer says:
I am in the middle of both the first and third review. Maybe it's most appropriate and necessary to give background or more information if the product is being purchased for a particular age range which would especially apply for children's products and what they thought of it if possible if it was a gift. The first comment has also reminded me that it's best to stay on point and read/follow the Amazon Review Guidelines to help to write a helpful review.

Posted on 12 Aug 2014 19:03:59 BDT
I don't see any harm in someone mentioning if they bought it for someone or vice versa, as long as they don't waffle on about their colour eyes, what they had for dinner, where they go for their holiday, etc., which i so far haven't come across.

What i do find a tad irritating though is when someone posts a one-liner that tells us nothing really about the album itself.
For instance "Great price!" or "cds in great condition, cheap too!" or "This album takes me back to my youth!" and say nothing else at all.

Posted on 12 Aug 2014 19:54:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Aug 2014 16:29:22 BDT
Mrs W Waugh says:
I read some reviews if I am not sure about something such as a household thing,but as I mostly buy books I know what I want always,and then after reading, review the book myself for others.but I dont ramble on,I never write long reviews either as you can say a lot in just a few words very easily if you think it out first............

Posted on 13 Aug 2014 14:00:16 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Aug 2014 11:28:19 BDT
Mrs W Waugh says:
I am however not sure now if I want to continue to buy on the internet,it might be easier to just go to a shop,and that is because of some dealers who take far too much time to send things, its not Amazon though I have never had a problem with them, its someone else who sells, I ordered something and its taking ages because the dealer hasnt replied for quite a while and as I have already paid for it I am not happy at all.However of late everything I have ordered has arrived quickly on Amazon and also E bay.......

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2014 10:01:06 BDT
Hungry Joe says:
I once wrote review on an Acer laptop, saying it was perfectly ok as per the other reviews, but that a newer model (more memory, better graphics) was coming out next month and maybe best to wait. I really thought I was being helpful to prospective buyers but received harsh complaints. I really find most viewpoints useful except for the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin people!:-) Reviewing is a voluntary service and much appreciated so why the criticisms?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2014 10:03:30 BDT
Hungry Joe says:
@London Gal - I usually assume they are friends or employees of the seller.....

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2014 15:22:21 BDT
@ Hungry Joe - I hadn't considered that, as so far the one's i have read haven't mentioned any particular seller.
But if I had have done so or do in the future i probably would have thought or will think the same.

People sharing their opinions is one thing but it's not good that you have received harsh complaints though when you are just trying to be helpful.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Aug 2014 19:29:07 BDT
Mrs W Waugh says:
I cant understand why they did that as all you were doing was trying to help them ,but there will be others that will thank you for doing it,I often look for things that people have recommended and sometimes even buy them.and my husband also has an Acer Laptop he got for Christmas and like you he likes it a lot but I prefer a fixed one as I cant seem to get to grips with laptops at all for some reason,.............

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2014 04:30:02 BDT
I read this review for my daughter.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2014 11:31:55 BDT
Mrs W Waugh says:
Did she like it,I hope she did.........

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2014 09:28:14 BDT
" I ordered something and its taking ages because the dealer hasnt replied for quite a while and as I have already paid for it "

Why does the dealer not replying (to what?) make your order take ages?

Do you mean they just haven't posted it?

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Sep 2014 23:52:13 BDT
Miss.Chief says:
But we don't need to know if the item was bought as a birthday / christmas present or if it was for your Aunty / Mum / Nanna. I agree with the person who posted this...too much rambling!

Posted on 5 Sep 2014 10:55:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Sep 2014 10:55:29 BDT
Let people write in their own styles. There will always be some reviews that aren't to everyone's tastes. If a review is well written, I don't mind if it rambles on.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2014 20:16:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Sep 2014 20:28:00 BDT
Yes please to the suggestion give details quality etc of item , anything informative and whom bought for if age or infirmity might be a criteria.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Sep 2014 04:22:18 BDT
@ Straightforward - I couldn't agree more, let folk write in their own styles, if it's relevant to the product what's the problem?

People on here come from all walks of life and are of all different ages so not everyone will write to please everyone.

Posted on 20 Apr 2015 03:21:07 BDT
ljssbl says:
I always work from the premise that I write what I would like to have read about a product before I bought it. If a reader doesn't want that same level of information they have the freedom of choice to by-pass my review, or those of other reviewers of a like mind. But the choice is then there. Why then would they consider such information as unhelpful? I have yet to be able to work that one out.

As to the one liners, I prefer to give these reviewers the benefit of the doubt. Amazon encourage customers to rate products purchased, yet to give a product a star rating you have to append a comment of a minimum length. Not all customers are of a mind to make a written assessment when all they want to do is give a rating, hence 'I haven't tried this yet but it looks nice' or 'I am very happy with my purchase'. These I always have the choice to by-pass on sight whilst appreciating the effort that has been taken to effect the product rating.

What does annoy me though are those 1 star reviews of a perfectly good product that contain nothing more than a complaint about the seller simply because the Post Office failed to deliver an item on time (as Stephen Whitaker pointed out above) - or some similar undeserved criticism - since they continue to have an adverse effect upon the overall rating of the product even after they have been marked as unhelpful.

And as nearly annoying are those reviews, also 1 star, that extol the virtues of a product in a well written passage - indicating that the reviewer has taken no time to familiarise themselves with the rating system before giving said product an undeserved black mark.
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