If I had a nickel for every toy, toaster and hair dryer I bought that turned out to be a dud, I’d have a lot of nickels.
In my defense, I entered adulthood in the pre-internet era, when product research and reviews were harder to come by. Back then most of us relied on brand reputation and a little luck. But today we have no excuses. Here are a few review tools to help make better buying decisions:
- Angie’s List provides reviews and recommendations for local products and services. I have never personally used this service, but have some friends who swear by it.
- Consumer Reports tests and rates everything from electronics to cars and just about everything in between. I have personally subscribed to the online version of Consumer Reports for years, and would not be without it.
- Amazon provides reviews from previous customers on dang near everything. I even use it when shopping in various stores if I have a small appliance or electronics purchase I need to make.
What about you? Do you have any favorite review sites you use before making purchases?