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Show Of Hands April 11th, 2016 11:40am

You're weighing an online purchase. Product A has hundreds of 5-star reviews, but a close friend warns you not to trust that brand. Product B has hundreds of 3-star reviews, but the same friend swears it's the perfect choice for you. Your purchase?

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04/16/16 11:59 am

even though your friend might be close to you, do listing tot them because they might have been 1 person that got a bad thing from Brand A and a good thing from Brand B but everyone else thinks Brand A is better also majority rules

Malekithe My pronouns are GFY
04/12/16 7:11 am

Close friend may not know his 🐴 from a hole in ground on this subject

nyjewboy USA
04/11/16 9:01 pm

One person's experience can be an anomaly regardless of how close I am to them. Hundreds of reviews on the other hand can not be an anomaly.

Wes28 CBus
04/11/16 9:13 pm

Funny enough I was shopping for iPhone cases yesterday and I kept finding spam fake reviews. So I'm not disagreeing with you but make sure to do due diligence!

Annabelle41 Michigan
04/11/16 8:57 pm

Trusting the friend is better than trusting the Internet where anyone can put whatever rating they want whether it's good or bad.

lovesquirt Hawkeyes
04/11/16 2:54 pm

Since it's a close friend they must have integrity and brains so I'll trust my friend over the "paid for" fake reviews.

17millionTwats Leeds, UK
04/11/16 1:02 pm

3 star isnt necessarily bad ill go for that

TheSocialist INTJ
04/11/16 11:37 am

Considering most of the reviews for products (like Apple) are by people who just want a basic product, that can't be customized because they don't know how to modify the products anyways; I would trust the friend.

mhillsman Oklahoma
04/11/16 4:08 pm

That's an incredibly narrow argument

goalie31 OrthodoxCatholicChristian
04/11/16 6:08 pm

I have a macbook that I put an ssd in and 16gb 1600 clock ram. Im sorry when's the last time you upgraded your windows PC? Also I have built my own gaming rig

TheSocialist INTJ
04/12/16 9:17 am

I built my PC, you can't customize a Mac easily beyond a few limited options. But it is really just a single path of upgrades to performance, not special functions. Also, Apple can't run any programs.

mhillsman Oklahoma
04/12/16 2:30 pm

Apple can't run any programs? What are you trying to say? Apple is a company, so you must not mean that. You can't be saying that Macs can't run programs because that is also ridiculous. I don't know, please explain your comment.

TheSocialist INTJ
04/12/16 3:27 pm

Apple PRODUCTS cannot run many programs.

mhillsman Oklahoma
04/12/16 3:33 pm

Really? I've never had a problem. What program would you like to run that you can't run natively on a Mac? Technically you can run any program because of virtual machines and boot camp.

TheSocialist INTJ
04/12/16 3:36 pm

Most non-Apple endorsed programs can't run. But virtual machines does work.

mhillsman Oklahoma
04/12/16 4:28 pm

What are "Apple-endorsed" programs?

TheSocialist INTJ
04/12/16 5:01 pm

Whatever is able to write a program for Apple's operating system.

goalie31 OrthodoxCatholicChristian
04/12/16 11:21 pm

Anyone can write OSX apps. You are full of shit. Most big name programs have Mac ports. Please name one important application to you that you can't run on OS X. Also there are many Mac exclusive programs and Mac priority programs. Nothing you have said has made sense. You are just some kid who thinks he knows something about computers because he plays world of Warcraft. Guess what you don't!

TheSocialist INTJ
04/13/16 11:38 am

There are lots of programs that either can't run or are messed up by Macs. Their OS focuses too much on being user friendly and loses functionality. Microsoft has been doing that too, but not as much as Macs.

goalie31 OrthodoxCatholicChristian
04/13/16 1:43 pm

Give me a damn example. Have you ever even used a Macintosh

mhillsman Oklahoma
04/13/16 2:03 pm

Many windows programs run on Mac as well, but Windows doesn't have an App Store like OS X. The App Store is one of the best parts about having a Mac. There are so many high quality apps there that aren't on Windows.

TheSocialist INTJ
04/13/16 2:59 pm

You have to use a port. Some companies make Mac versions but they update them with a lower priority than the Windows versions.

goalie31 OrthodoxCatholicChristian
04/13/16 3:04 pm

Examples dammit. Give me one damn example where the Mac user level application isn't comparable to the PC version.

mhillsman Oklahoma
04/13/16 3:09 pm

There aren't any, that's why he can't come up with a single one. He has no idea what he is talking about.

mhillsman Oklahoma
04/13/16 6:40 pm

Wow, you had to go to Microsoft, really? Microsoft office is actually available on the Mac App Store, so I'm not sure what you are talking about. Also, you can just reverse your argument to turn it against Windows. When was the last time iWork got updated for Windows?

TheSocialist INTJ
04/14/16 11:29 am

Office has functionality and is used by more people.

goalie31 OrthodoxCatholicChristian
04/14/16 11:38 am

They released Mac MS Office 2016 last year and it is constantly updated. Try again.

goalie31 OrthodoxCatholicChristian
04/14/16 1:01 pm

They also have OS X office suite and it's just as good and cheaper

TheSocialist INTJ
04/14/16 1:41 pm

Microsoft Office comes with most computers.

goalie31 OrthodoxCatholicChristian
04/14/16 1:43 pm

That's just not true at all.

TheSocialist INTJ
04/14/16 2:15 pm

Really? It is a standard feature on most PCs.

goalie31 OrthodoxCatholicChristian
04/14/16 2:54 pm

No it isn't. Windows doesn't come with MS Office.

mhillsman Oklahoma
04/14/16 5:09 pm

"Microsoft office comes with most computers." "It is a standard feature on most PCs." Seems like you did say that

mhillsman Oklahoma
04/14/16 5:30 pm

Argument - a reason or set of reasons given with the aim of persuading others that an action or idea is right or wrong.

You are attempting to persuade me that you did not say Microsoft comes with Office. I presented evidence that you did. Your reply was no, which isn't an argument.

TheSocialist INTJ
04/14/16 6:18 pm

I was denying saying that office came with Windows.

zalaaaan Boston
04/11/16 10:33 am

Obviously friend, that person understands you more than bought out reviews do.

Shreveport New York
04/11/16 9:47 am

You people are pretty stupid to trust online reviews over a friend who actually knows you. You do realize any employee or executive from a company can go make an online review of their own product, right?

tdaddy Kentucky
04/11/16 8:43 am

Friend. My friend understands my particular concerns while the reviews were not written with my special concerns foremost in their thoughts as they wrote their reviews.

MurrayHitchens The Truth Wins Out
04/11/16 8:43 am

It depends on the friend and the online store. In some stores everything is rated between 4 and 5 stars and they actually expect me to buy that bullshjt.

getupbaby South City
04/11/16 8:40 am

Go with the first choice and never speak to that so-called friend again.

getupbaby South City
04/12/16 4:46 am

For making joke? You're a bully.

Jeninerd Hoth, AK
04/11/16 7:49 am

It depends on the friend, but generally they're going to know my needs better than strangers, or possibly boosted reviews.

clfs34 Florida
04/11/16 9:47 am

^ this

CAKE is good for the soul.
04/11/16 3:23 pm

I remember you.

Korosensei Maine
04/11/16 7:49 am

You can buy reviews

bnnt Los Angeles
04/11/16 7:48 am

Friend. Some reviews are paid by the company.

ScenarioNations California
04/11/16 7:21 am

Anecdotal evidence doesn't cut it for me. Some of my friends say birth control ALWAYS works. You're a fucking moron if you actually believe that. Nothing is 100%. So for me it depends on the product. I'm more likely to listen to my friends about advice on food but definitely not condoms or birth control which they think is 100%

shygal47 Florida east coast
04/11/16 7:17 am

I'd check Consumer Reports.

kywrite augusta, ga
04/11/16 7:27 am

Exactly. Five star reviews can and have been purchased, but there are also reasons for the three star reviews.

There are exceptions. For instance, I specifically seek out conservative-leaning fiction to read and review, but it often gets trashed by reviewers even when it's good. If a friend I trust recommended one, I'd completely ignore the reviews.

Wert A picture of my junk
04/11/16 7:12 am

They have to justify their rating. Stars or a friend's recommendation alone doesn't cut it. Why do they like or dislike it?

04/11/16 7:02 am

Depends on which friend, cause I have some really stupid friends and some really smart friends

Volt Florida
04/11/16 6:50 am

Depends on the item

swervin Maryland
04/11/16 6:48 am

I go with what the friend said. Online reviews are often faked. I don't personally know anyone who has actually left a review for something online.

kywrite augusta, ga
04/11/16 7:28 am

I leave lots of reviews. They are very helpful to vendors, and I like supporting products I like.

04/11/16 6:41 am

A, unless that is a Volkswagen. Then again the odds for a VW to get consistent 5 stars ratings are near null, so no worry there.

Spiritof76 USA 1776
04/11/16 6:39 am

Those "hundreds of 5 star reviews" are likely tainted with a few fake good "reviews". I'd go with my friend's advise.

FATSHADOW Cyborg Gorilla
04/11/16 6:32 am

Most of my Friends are idiots.

gonzoboy Arizona
04/11/16 6:04 am

I'm going with "Product B", regardless of friends input. Twice now, I've made purchases of a significant dollar amount, and trusted my own 'Spidey Senses', in spite of negative reviews and outright warnings. Both times, I was so happy with my decision, I had to go back to the website to make sure we were all addressing the same product! To this day, I'm still puzzled. Hey, maybe I got the only good ones, but I remain doubtful and most certainly skeptical of the nattering nabobs of negativity!

04/11/16 8:28 pm

What products were they?

gonzoboy Arizona
04/12/16 2:44 am

There were a couple as I mentioned, but one that seemed quite misrepresented was an exercise machine. The other was a very nice set of cutlery. How do you hate on cutlery? It was excellent! The exercise equipment did NONE of the things for me it seemed to do for others. Who knows, maybe I'm twice lucky...

Zod Above Pugetropolis
04/11/16 6:00 am

I'd give my friend's recommendation more weight than that of a random stranger who isn't an expert on the product, but it really depends on what the reviews say more than the ratings. It also depends on the friend's reasoning, how well that friend knows my preferences in that kind of product, and how familiar they are with it. If the friend owns one and demonstrates it in a way that shows how perfectly it meets my needs, that's all the review/recommendation I need.

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
04/11/16 5:48 am

If my friend has actually used the products, then B, but if not, I want her reasoning before I decide.

catpillow Florida West Coast
04/11/16 5:37 am

I'll listen to my friend, then read the one and two star reviews before making my decision.

04/11/16 5:33 am

Product A . . . and find a new friend!

exor15 Abilene
04/11/16 5:24 am

I'm obviously going to trust hundreds of people over one guy. Just because I know him it doesn't make his opinion suddenly outweigh hundreds of others.

omniku dot com
04/11/16 5:41 am

This! Not just with personal purchases, but in general... I trust statistical evidence over anecdotal evidence.

LegatumBellator Michigan
04/11/16 6:19 am

What if the reviews are all fake?

04/11/16 7:28 am

Hundreds of strangers. Faceless, nameless, in identified, unverified, strangers. Strangers that could be getting paid for their reviews, or faked by employees. Or your friend. I'll take my friends suggestion. Of course, in imagining my best friend (39 years). I trust him completely.

omniku dot com
04/11/16 12:10 pm

Those are good points but that's the argument for using multiple, trustworthy sites. I love my best friend and all, but her product quality detection radar leaves something to be desired. I would trust online reviews en masse over her judgement. ;)

04/11/16 12:11 pm

Fair enough. Maybe a follow-up question should be so you trust your best friend's judgement?

Liberty 4,032,064
04/11/16 5:02 am

More likely to go with my friend, but I'd want to see the products myself to inspect them.

Rosebud Ohio
04/11/16 5:01 am

I'd probably trust my friend, but it depends on why the reviews are 3 and 5 stars.

rons Thanks America
04/11/16 5:00 am

I don't trust my friends.

Gunfighter06 Iowa, since 1846
04/11/16 4:52 am

Online reviews can be fudged. I'll trust the person that I know.