Three Purchases You Can Safely Make Based Solely on Online Reviews
It’s tough being a consumer. No matter what you want to buy, there are just so many choices! How are you supposed to sort through them all? What if you make the wrong decision? Well, never fear, because your fellow consumers have your back. They’ve written millions of reviews online to help guide you in the right direction, and here are three types of purchases you can confidently make based on their recommendations and nothing else.
You can find just about everything you need to know to make an informed decision about electronics through online reviews. When it comes to computers, televisions, cameras, and other tech-devices, you’re actually better off reading reviews than you are just purchasing them and seeing for yourself. Especially if you don’t know much about electronics, reviews can tell you everything you should know before buying. They’ll also help clue you in to potential future issues that you might not think of or be aware of when you buy something that’s brand new. Sometimes you can test out electronics in the store, but there’s usually no need to if you’ve considered a great number of reviews, and testing them won’t tell you any information you can’t get from a product review anyway.
When you’re looking for a new restaurant or any type of food-and-beverage establishment, looking at online reviews is an excellent way to decide. People love pretending to be food critics, so you can often find a large number of online reviews about any particular place. It’s possible, actually likely, that some of those reviews are fake, but the more reviews there are, the less that matters. A restaurant meal isn’t really something that can totally break your bank or damage you, so you’re safe to decide where to have one based just on the online opinions of other diners. Food is very subjective, too, so there isn’t any other way to find out if a place is worth it or not than to just try it yourself. If you think a restaurant seems good from its reviews, go ahead and make a reservation.
Hotel Room Rentals
Just like meals out, hotel rooms are the type of thing where online reviews are the best, and often only, place to turn when making a decision. Past guests can give you the best idea of what a particular place is actually like, and, once again, the more reviews there are, the more you can trust the majority opinion. Most people look at online reviews for hotels, and they do so because it works. When making a hotel reservation, you’re doing it because you’ll be far away from home, so there’s hardly ever the possibility of checking out a hotel for yourself before you book. If you read a lot of good online reviews about a place, you can make a reservation and then see for yourself. If it turns out you made the wrong choice, it’s no big deal – just write your own review when you get home.
Henry Collins is a small business owner who works as a freelance writer when he has time. He often gives advice to other small business owners about review tracking tactics.