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Initial post: 3 Apr 2010 16:12:52 BDT
OEJ says:
Usually, it's fairly easy to draw conclusions from a variety of reviews as to whether a product is worth buying or not. It's of particular help (to me, anyway) if there's a review from someone who I know I usually share opinions with.

But sometimes there's no clear outcome after reading all the reviews, which might not matter that much if it's a cheap item, but in this case it's a camera. Specifically, the Polaroid Pogo 2 digital Instant Camera - as of today's date, there are no reviews of that at all, but there's a vaguely similar model called the Polaroid Two - Digital Instant Camera which has so far garnered 5 rather differing reviews.

One 5 star review - "A MUST....We are VERY happy with this product"

Two 4 star reviews - "Great camera" .... "I am very happy with this"

One 2 star review - "Adequate...disappointing"

One 1 star review - "nowhere near my expectations - bulky - pictures produced are very small - dont know what use they will be"

All five reviewers are inexperienced, all with single-figure portfolios.

In situations like this, and I'm sure it happens often, it's difficult to make a confident decision, to definitely buy or definitely not buy. Of course, with cameras it won't be diffficult to find reviews elsewhere on the internet, but this won't always be the case with some products that are not inexpensive yet are hard to find reviews of outside of Amazon.

I think in cases such as the one I have highlighted, there's a case for Amazon bringing in a professional reviewer (a photographic expert) to add his/her thoughts just below the product description. This happens a lot with books, CDs and DVDs already, but I think it's of greater importance with expensive items.

Posted on 3 Apr 2010 17:09:24 BDT
Danny says:
Looking at the one star review, I would discount it based on the fact that they clearly hadn't read the description which states that pictures are 2" by 3". The two star review isn't much better. It would be nice if professional reviewers reviewed everything first, but then bias would creep in I guess, and the price would inevitably rise. Personally I prefer a lower price and having to hunt down the odd review on the internet myself.

Posted on 4 Apr 2010 14:39:32 BDT
Damaskcat says:
It's a difficult problem - and not one I have the answer to as what I know about cameras could be written on a fairly small postage stamp and still leave a large amount of space

Posted on 4 Apr 2010 14:58:52 BDT
Ethereal says:
When I saw this title I thought it referred to the sparring going on in another thread not too far away, which I decided not to rejoin. Looks like I spoke too soon the other day in thinking recent discussions were more constructive of late. I'm afraid I also know little about cameras.

Posted on 4 Apr 2010 20:57:06 BDT
JJG says:
I suppose the most obvious solution to this problem, though no such thing as a fullproof solution, is to put these products up for the Vine program. I must admit I have no clue how Vine operates, so this might be a heinous mistake, and I suppose with electronics in particular, they go out of date so fast that it might not be amazing value for amazon to bother. The number of reviews I see on top reviewers profiles for 'unavailable' products, almost universally computers/cameras/etc, is quite staggering.

Posted on 4 Apr 2010 21:13:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Apr 2010 21:57:03 BDT
OEJ says:
I think it safe to say that if you asked Vine members 'would you like a free camera?' the response would be overwhelming. Amazon Vine has already given away several laptop computers, leaving those who didn't get offered one (including, er, me) rather grumpy....

Not every Vine member gets the same offers, you see, and when the monthly letter comes out there's a frantic melee of people leaping to the most expensive items on the list and selecting it - whether they need it or not. A split-second can make the difference between getting the fancy device or a message reading "Sorry - all gone".

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2010 01:02:53 BDT
Yes, the Vine F5 scrummage is a frustrating thing. I often end up wi' nowt. I value the Vine programme more for the forum than what I can get out of it although, lately, I'm finding that it's becoming increasingly staid (hence me looking in on here more often)

Posted on 5 Apr 2010 10:40:47 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Apr 2010 10:41:08 BDT
OEJ says:
'Vine F5 scrummage' LOL

It kind of reminds me of those UN aid handouts in impoverished, disaster-torn countries where hundreds of people are climbing over the top of each other to grab a bag of wheat, or rice, or somesuch. Utter chaos, dog-eat-dog desperation...

Posted on 5 Apr 2010 13:17:19 BDT
Ethereal says:
Re the recent turn to vine in this discussion, I didn't know much about it so googled it. On wiki it says some people who have only done one review can now be invited to join, so it doesn't seem that rarified otherwise I might have agreed with JJ Graber as a makeshift solution.

Posted on 5 Apr 2010 14:03:51 BDT
Danny says:
I had always assumed that Vine membership was reserved to a cross section of people who reviewed and purchased goods on IE if you reviewed 4000 items but had only bought a blank tape 4 years ago, then you were less likely to get invited than somebody who had reviewed 40 items yet bought quite a lot regularly. IE, it was as much a thank you to regular customers as a source of reviews.

I've never been on the Vine forum, though may take a nose now. Just to see what I have been missing...

Posted on 5 Apr 2010 16:24:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Apr 2010 11:12:55 BDT
Damaskcat says:
Mark Twain - unless you're a Vine member you won't be able to access it.

In spite of all the rumours no one knows what the criteria are for receiving an invitation to join Vine.

Posted on 6 Apr 2010 10:11:05 BDT
M. Dowden says:
I'm a Vine member and I have no idea what the criterion is to be chosen, perhaps everyone's name is put into a giant hat - who knows? As I buy mainly books and review such I have done quite well on getting things on the program. Back to the camera though, how many people using this site know realy what everyone else is looking for when buying a camera? I have written two camera reviews on this site, but what I like in a camera others may not, after all I only really take holiday and family gathering pics anyway.

Posted on 6 Apr 2010 14:03:15 BDT
Danny says:
I popped into the Vine forum last night and found it quite peaceful.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2010 15:32:36 BDT
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Posted on 7 Apr 2010 18:16:36 BDT
Dan says:
I don't think that is professional review situation. A number of goods need to be tried and compared yourself. The reviewing system works well with items that have a clear enjoyment factor. With something like a camera, practically all modern main brand models take good pictures and you cannot go far wrong, but to find the best one for you takes more than looking at reviews. The review system can only tell you so much, however one of its strengths is that the reviews are based on personal use and the possibility of finding reviews written by like minded people.

However why anyone would want a cheap printer camera all in one I don't know. The cost of all the added components to make it print makes for one cheap camera. Its idea is the same as an old polaroid. The convenience and fun factor are what makes the camera worthwhile. Not the quality of prints or camera itself.

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