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Initial post: 22 Mar 2010 11:15:01 GMT
JJG says:
Right, I thought I'd start an easier going thread. Has anyone done/thought about doing one instead of their usual written word reviews?
I've only seen one and it didn't exactly fill me with confidence in this way of reviewing.

Posted on 22 Mar 2010 12:10:17 GMT
Danny says:
The only way I would ever do that would be if I changed my Amazon name to something like Peter Potatohead, and made a video of a talking potato reading out a review of a product. You could dress the potato up to make it look more convincing, too. I am sure people would be very interested to know what Peter Potatohead thought of the latest MP3 player, for instance.

Posted on 22 Mar 2010 23:08:21 GMT
OEJ says:
Well, since there's been only one reply......

Hmm. I've seen a couple of video reviews and I found there to be so many distractions that it was difficult to concentrate on what was being said. Unlike writing, when you can 'cross something out', correct a typo, or just start all over again, with a video review unless you're pretty good at it then it's going to come over as very amateurish. One guy I listened to sat in a chair talking about a book. He kept on 'umming and erring' which quickly became a nuisance. Then I started wondering if he was more interested in having his (self-assumed) ravishing good looks enjoyed by the Amazon tribe - there were touches of self-love that most probably wouldn't have come out had he just posted a written review, without all the stuttering.

I like the idea though, but feel that for it to work, it has to be done by professionals. I'm not interested in doing it myself, partly because I'm ugly and partly, hmm. I'll try to think of another reason and get back to you.

Posted on 23 Mar 2010 19:37:39 GMT
I would'nt want to scare off potential buyers! I write reviews for horror films, but don't make them myself

Posted on 28 Mar 2010 04:25:17 BDT
I think they're a good idea for a number of reasons. Often it's nice to see a product 'in action' as it were, plus you get to have a better idea of its looks/dimensions etc. Obviously i'm talking about 'practical' products here though i.e not books/films etc. That said I would probably watch any old garbage no matter how badly executed (e.g. like Pundit's 'reader' above) as I would find it car-crashingly fascinating to see such saddos in action. I once sat through an agonisingly long demo of a blender (all ten minutes of it) for some masochistic reason: mind-bendingly dull stuff but I still had to watch it to the bitter end as I couldn't quite believe how irredeemably bad it was. It's a win-win for me really: if it's good - it's good, and if it's bad (by which I mean 'really' bad) it's still good. It's mediocrity that I loathe.

Posted on 13 Apr 2010 12:39:24 BDT
Chris Hall says:
I recently decided to try my hand at including a video of the item I was reviewing. I thought it would be handy for the potential buyer to see the item 'in action' so to speak. Very boring video, but alongside the review it might be handy if you were thinking of buying the appliance. Well...I thought so anyway!

Here's a link to the review if you're at all interested:

So, in the case of seeing the item actually in action, I think the video reviews can be quite helpful (but far from entertaining). Just my two pence worth!

Posted on 13 Apr 2010 13:17:50 BDT
Danny says:
Far too much nudity for me.

Posted on 13 Apr 2010 13:26:21 BDT
Chris Hall says:
Hahahahaha....and suddenly the video has a lot more views...

Posted on 13 Apr 2010 13:45:55 BDT
Danny says:
You're welcome. :D

Posted on 15 Apr 2010 04:05:42 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Apr 2010 04:12:51 BDT
Parka says:
I use (silent) videos for majority of my reviews. It's very helpful when you're trying to describe a visual attribute of a product.

Posted on 16 Apr 2010 18:25:56 BDT
M. Dowden says:
I have seen a couple of video reviews, and one I quite liked. Remember if you do one to wear clothes. We all know about the man who took a pic of his new kettle whilst he happened to be naked, it could be seen reflected in the chrome finish. Something that I expect he still hasn't lived down.

Vidoe reviews are probably great if you are showing some new gadget as you can show what it can do.
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