Back to School shopping is around the corner and your shopping list may include everything from pencils to a new computer. You may be outfitting a dorm room for a college student or buying a lunchbox for your child’s first day of kindergarten. You will have buying decisions aplenty soon and what better way to help you make intelligent choices than with online reviews?
Online reviews have provided consumers with the power of knowledge. Reading online reviews from others can give us important information about a product’s features, usefulness and reliability. Some reviews can even point us to a lower price for a product elsewhere.
A major benefit of having a smartphone is to be able to access reviews when you’re out shopping at stores. If you have no clue about a product or don’t have the benefit of advice from an expert sales clerk, a smartphone can give you instant information about your imminent purchase.
The Wonder of Tech wonders, do you use online reviews when you shop?
Amazon has a gold mine of reviews. Because Amazon carries so many products, reviews are available for a wide range of goods, giving you the inside scoop on what it’s really like to own the product. Amazon offers its users the option of leaving a video review as well as a text review. Reviews on Amazon are rated by site visitors, which has led many reviewers to take their reviews quite seriously. You can sort reviews by their helpfulness, make it easy to find the ones that will be the most useful. Site visitors can also comment on reviews, often leading to lively discussions as reviews are reviewed.
Reviews on sites such as OpenTable can help you discover new restaurants. Even when you visit a favorite restaurant, a Foursquare review might prompt you to discover a new dish. Movie reviews from viewers might help you realize that the money you were going to invest in the hottest Summer ticket could better be spent elsewhere.
Reviews aren’t always accurate. If you’ve ever read a book or seen a movie where you disagreed with the critics, you know that your opinion is really the only one that matters. But reviews can guide you to or steer you away from products based upon the experiences of others.
Reviews can also provide entertainment. Check out Funniest Amazon Product Reviews when you need comedic relief from shopping. This list will also show you products, such as a UFO Detector for $149 (batteries not included), that you probably had no clue you could obtain through Amazon.
When do you use online reviews? Do you find them mostly helpful or not? Let us know in the Comments section below?
I am currently on vacation and away from the Internet. Contrary to popular belief, I am not busy with back-to-school shopping. i will return on Monday and respond to comments then.