Green Tip #205: Consulting Reviews

I have been spending a lot of time researching baby products lately and I have been fortunate to have found two sites where I can use for consulting reviews which have helped me a great deal in differentiating the bad from the good. http://www.consumersearch.com/ and http://www.buzzillions.com/. Consulting reviews of products is so key before making any significant purchase. I find its important to also use sites such as those mentioned above that are not from the product makers themselves. You can save a ton of money by reading reviews so you don’t waste your money. And everyone hates having another useless product in the house, not very green.

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4 thoughts on “Green Tip #205: Consulting Reviews

  1. Absolutely agree with doing your homework before you buy! It’s the best way to avoid buying junk that either ends up cluttering up a storage space or, worse, ending up in a landfill. My go-to review source, however, is always amazon.com — usually there are quite a few reviews for pretty much anything I’m looking for!

      1. They do, but as always, caveat emptor. If 95% of people are rating an item 2 stars and one or two goofs are rating 5 stars, that should send up a flag. Another handy thing is that Amazon reviews are rated as being “helpful” or not.

        I generally look for common themes (i.e., “it’s a great product but look out for hidden costs”) among all the reviews that I skim, and typically I put less weight on the 5-star and 1-star ratings to try and get a more balanced aggregate review.

  2. I find its important to also use sites such as those mentioned above that are not from the product makers themselves.

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