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Review Price and Buy
I am working on a new website, which will be called
www.ReviewPriceAndBuy.com . It is based on my own frustration trying to find:
- Objective, factual product specifications and comparisons,
like those on Consumer's Reports; together with
- Actual consumer's reviews and appraisals like those on
Epinions and Amazon.com, and with
- Price comparisons and a competitive place to buy the
So far, I haven't found a single site that allows me to do this.
Perhaps you do as I do:
Every time I want to purchase something like a DVD recorder, a
computer accessory, something for the house or car; whatever, I find that I:
- Find reliable brands and products: go to Consumer
reports for a product review and get only high level information there. I
gather the list of manufacturers and leading products there.
- Find the specs available: Next, I look on the
manufacturer's websites to get specifications of the top products I found in
step 1. I try to determine which of the products have specs that I
want or need. I don't yet know which I can afford.
- Narrow down the list: Now, I can begin to gather
recommendations. Looking on Amazon.com, Bizrate, Epinions and any
others that show up in Google for the products I want, I try to get a sense
of which brands and models people like and find reliable. This step is
very time consuming, but important. Many times, I have found that a
model that met my specs and received a good review for reliability from
Consumer reports, was simply useless! Many products that look good on
paper, or in a testing lab have problems that on become evident when people
actually use them, day after day.
- Shop for the best price from a reputable vendor: Now,
that I know what I want, where can I buy it at the best price? Once again, I
go back to Google and my usual online shops, and brick-and-mortar shops to
shop for price and availability.
- Buy! I finally buy one!
There needs to be a better way! Look for
www.ReviewPriceAndBuy.com in mid
to late 2006 to consolidate all of these steps into one website!
Until then, here are some of my own quick reviews:
- MP3 Players - iPod's Nano's, iRivers, iAudio, RCA Lyra, Creative's Zen Nano, Sandisk,
Phillips, Sony Walkman.. there are so many MP3 players to choose from; which
is best... and best for the money?
- Teeth Whitening -
which is best; laser, trays, strips, or pastes? Find out here.
- DVD Recorders for your TV
- Want to burn your own dvd's of your favorite shows and movies? Save
a fortune by making your own collections, from Monty Python to the Sopranos
and HBO movies
- Radar detectors -
Is Escort still the best? Actually there are better alternatives for
both price AND function!
- Telephone headset systems
- Tired of holding a phone to your ear all day, but your callers don't like
the speakerphone? Here's a better alternative!
- Printers - laser and
inkjet, color and black and white
- Travel - find the best travel websites and the best deals