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Reviews and Buyer Beware

This morning I started looking for another vacuum to purchase. I hate making big purchases and trying to weed through the descriptions and reviews. I generally read a few top reviews, a few bad reviews and if there is some balance there, a few middle reviews.

My current vacuum is heavy to lug up and down the stairs. I had a small rechargeable battery operated vacuum until the charger died and the replacement exceeded the cost of the vacuum. So, I thought it would be nice to find a new vacuum that was small enough to store and keep upstairs.

The rechargeable vacuum I had cost less than $100 – $80 maybe? So that was my starting point. None in that price range had reasonable reviews that would instill confidence in a purchase. Then I thought I should just replace my current vacuum, spend a little more and just move this one upstairs. This would be the perfect time to buy one of those self-cleaning brush vacuums that advertise hair will not get wound around the brush – with my currently long covid hair that would be a great feature.

Enter the reviews. How can some be glowing reviews and others so horrible? People even upload videos now demonstrating their reason for reviews. After hearing that the self-cleaning brush didn’t really work I have nixed that idea.

A few weeks ago a manufacturer of a product my husband bought emailed him an offer. They wanted him to buy their new product, leave a positive review and then they would refund his purchase price. A quick review of Amazon’s policies tell you this is forbidden, but you cannot help but wonder how often this happens. Needless to say, he declined the offer.

I have only left one negative review and that was when my new Samsung top loading washer exploded. (It did not explode really, but the clips that hold the tub broke and unleashed a high speed spinning tub into the sides of the machine case. It looked like someone had taken a sledge hammer to it.) That deserved a bad review.

It makes me miss the days when you could walk into a local store, see a demonstration of a product being familiar with the people you were dealing with. Of course those days saw much higher quality products than exist today.

Meanwhile, I’m still doing some virtual vacuum shopping. Feel free to recommend something that works well for you.