Are All the Items I Buy Actually Good Quality?
Do you read reviews before actually buying? Taking the time to read reviews of products you are looking to buy will prevent owning poor quality products and having to waste time returning or reordering something better. Many online stores now provide great return policies but not all of them. Instead of being left to the mercy of the seller, take precautions that are no different than you would find at an in-person store. Imagine walking into a store blindfolded and hoping to pick up the right product. This is the equivalent of buying products without reading reviews.
What Am I Actually Buying?
Unfortunately, with trends being the driving force for many consumer products, many sellers will imitate low-quality versions of high-quality products and post pictures showing the product you think you will receive. This is known as deceitful marketing and can leave a user frustrated and betrayed. Many sellers are guilty of this, so it is important to scan reviews for keywords such as:
- Good/great quality
- Works well/works great
- Will buy again
- Love it
- Happy with purchase
- Highly recommend
Some listings have a lot of reviews which doesn’t promote you to want to read through them. Simply scanning and skimming for keywords is simple and only takes a few minutes out of your day. You can avoid being lopped into the one-star section of angry customers who didn’t read reviews first by doing this.
How Can I Trust These Reviews?
Sure, anybody can be paid to come up with false reviews, which in turn can defeat its purpose. However, if one can’t tell upon first glance, there are sites that hire actual people who have used certain equipment or products. Those that have used the equipment or product provide the best reviews. Also, find the pro deals that are out there. This is a chance for you, as an expert in your particular area, to help others find the products and services that people need while enjoying a discount on products and equipment you love.
There are not a lot of ways to verify information, but this is a very viable option. Building this trust is also important, due to the fact that it would be nice to have a product you can always rely on time and time again. By listening to or reading a review by someone who has used a certain product, it would help the decision-making process.
Do People Actually Buy This?
It’s not easy to tell at first glance how many happy customers bought a particular item. Some sellers simply post the product and receive zero reviews. This could be for harmless reasons, for example, the seller may have chosen to list a rather unpopular item. Regardless, one should look at the number of orders placed and how many highly-rated views it obtained. Not all sites have this. They may have order numbers, ratings, one of each, or possibly none. The latter is rare, but you can’t always depend on just one indicator.
Having high orders and a high amount of great customer reviews is much better than going off of one marker. You want to improve your probability of receiving the right product quality by taking preventative measures. If I were buying a filtration system, I would read thorough reviews until I am fully satisfied and confident with what I am getting.
Why “Just Returning It” Won’t Always Work
You are buying for the convenience of your item being shipped to you, right? Why waste time dealing with unreliable returns that make your life harder? Many wholesale sites ship from China, which means it can take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks for a package just to arrive. This outdated package system also applies to returns as well.
Plan on getting gifts during the holidays? Expect another month of waiting due to an increased volume of orders from around the world. I, for example, ordered a pack of sculpting tools and never actually received them! I waited for months. This does not happen to everyone; however, this is also another reason why you must check who you’ve bought from. You may end up in an unlucky situation like I did. This is not said to exclude China-based sellers, as many top sellers and products of quality today are from China. It is simply the fact that no matter where you buy from, or what country, you should always gloss over reviews to save you time and energy.
Preparing Is Always Beneficial To You
You should feel confident in your online shopping journey. This article has provided the necessary tools in making your shopping experience a few steps up from the norm. Can you honestly say you’d be able to prepare for all scenarios? It’s not realistic. However, you can use these tips to make your shopping, the majority of the time, hassle-free. Building your confidence is key to getting the right products for you.