- Handling or trying the goods
- The advice you can get on the goods
I don't mean for things like a 24-70 or a D800, as there are plenty of specialised reviewers & discussion forums.
I'm more thinking of more general goods and places like Amazon, Dabs.com etc.
I had to get an external Hard Disk in November and couldn't believe the range of review comments for any given item. Even items with a high percentage of positive reviews, also had a significant number of 1/5 scores, with people reporting issues.
Does this just mean we now have higher visibilty of issues that were previously hidden to us but have existed all along? Or are there fundamental flaws with some of the review sources, where the signal to noise ratio and difficulty assessing the person reviewing make this a questionable way to base a buying decision on?
If any of you would care to advise on any techniques you have for identifying meanigful buyer reviews or filtering out the noise, I'd be interested.