Are pictures that important in reviews?

Rossie Rossie
Seems like a lot of people give higher ratings to reviews with pictures in them - are pictures that important?
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lilly555 lilly555
It depends on what you're reviewing. If the item is a bath and body or lube pics would be nice to show viscosity and what not but not too important to me. But if it's a lingerie or toy review I might care more because I would like to know how the real thing compares to the product page in size and quality before purchase.
01/31/2012
ksparkles16 ksparkles16
I definitely think that pictures add to a review and make it an excellent review. I personally view a review more useful with pictures. I like to see real life pictures of the product. Plus, it shows the effort you took in taking the pictures and including them in your review. I would recommend you add them to your reviews.
01/31/2012
Shellz31 Shellz31
To me, yes they are. But to be of any interest they really need to be clear - blurry pictures really don't show us details.
And I'm not a fan of pictures with writing all over them. I can read info in the review - if I'm looking at pictures, I just want to see the actual item!
01/31/2012
Chirple Chirple
I don't "mark down" for not having them, but they certainly add to a review. Sometimes they're more important than others.

Reviews with pictures are often more helpful to me because I have trouble picturing the true size of a toy without them, and some things just don't show in the product page pictures, and while the 1:1 is very useful, I get a better sense of it when I see someone else holding it.

I remember quite a few toys whose size I wasn't picturing accurately until I saw pictures of someone holding it, or near familiar objects.
01/31/2012
kendra30752 kendra30752
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Originally posted by Rossie
Seems like a lot of people give higher ratings to reviews with pictures in them - are pictures that important?
They are wonderful and helpful, but it all comes down to how useful the review was. Pictures cannot and should not replace real info about a product. I won't rate higher because of photos.
01/31/2012
Kkay Kkay
I've rated reviews higher because of pictures because the pictures gave pertinent information that I needed and often couldn't find in other, text-only reviews. I don't think a review isn't useful if it doesn't have pictures, but I generally prefer a succinct review with relevant pictures over a wall-of-text.
01/31/2012
SMichelle SMichelle
It depends on the review.

A review could have excellent photos, but if it's lacking information -- I'm going to give it a lower rating.
Likewise, if a review has no photos, but excellent information -- I'll rate it highly.
01/31/2012
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
It depends on the product. Is there something you could not explain in words or need to demonstrate? A picture is most likely helpful.
01/31/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
It depends for me. A picture or two can certainly make a review more useful, but if I have to wade through a sea of pictures I'm going to get frustrated and click away because your review is not not useful to me at all.
01/31/2012
zwee75 zwee75
I'm visual so it certainly enhances a review. I agree with a PP about writing on pictures (unless it's dimensions or something). I don't like when they get too repetitive though.
01/31/2012
Beck Beck
I like pics and limit down my pics to collages so there is not a sea of photos. I think they add to the review. I read many reviews, but I prefer ones with images. There are times the product page doesn't show the image right or it is photo shopped too much, like lingerie. I never down vote someone for not including pics, since not everyone can.
01/31/2012
Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
I won't downvote for lack of pictures but I definitely prefer them. Of course that probably shows since I try to put them in about every review I write. I hate it when I get a bath/beauty product and its a small size (like some lip products I can think of). I love seeing dildos next to a water bottle or something to give me an idea of size and of course I Love lingerie pictures that give me details on a garment like the bows or the lace or whatever.

But I know not everyone can or will do photos and I'm ok with that.
01/31/2012
Silverdrop Silverdrop
It depends on how many photos are on the product page. If it has enough photos and something to help you judge the size, then they probably aren't needed on the review. But sometimes you get an info page that has only a couple of photos, doesn't show a key feature, or lingerie where they don't show what it looks like from behind. In that case, if you have the ability to add photos, then it will be a huge help to buyers.

But one thing that a photo can do is show that you actually have the item in question, and that it isn't an invented or plagiarized review. That's why Real Sex Toy Reviews will only accept submissions of reviews with photos in it. Though people who are here and active in the community aren't likely to be fake reviewers, most of the people reading the review and thinking of purchasing the item don't know us or visit the forums. If they see a review with even one photo of the actual item, it's going to give them a little more confidence that the review is genuine and not an astroturfed sales pitch.
01/31/2012
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by Silverdrop
It depends on how many photos are on the product page. If it has enough photos and something to help you judge the size, then they probably aren't needed on the review. But sometimes you get an info page that has only a couple of photos, ... More
Wow, there are people out there who write reviews on things they don't own?
That's pretty disturbing!

I took advices from every one here, so I've added two pictures to the review I've just published, hope they look OK!
01/31/2012
Ms. N Ms. N
Quote:
Originally posted by Silverdrop
It depends on how many photos are on the product page. If it has enough photos and something to help you judge the size, then they probably aren't needed on the review. But sometimes you get an info page that has only a couple of photos, ... More
Wow...that's disturbing. But I am sure there are some who try to get away with such things, even here.
01/31/2012
Ms. N Ms. N
I definitely think pictures can be very important. I usually scroll through the review and look at the pictures first, if there are any. I then go back and read the review. Visual learner here, and I want to see what it looks like first. But again, there must be words to back it up.
01/31/2012
Positwist Positwist
I find EF's pictures of toys aren't always enough to give me a sense of what it looks like, so I find pictures helpful. I don't expect them, though, because I know not everyone has a decent camera hanging around (I don't!).
02/16/2012
tA tA
I really do like having more pictures - especially measurement/comparison ones, or how to disassemble a toy to clean it, etc.

I didn't put pictures in reviews because it felt like a hastle but now I routinely take batches of items I own and do 'photoshoots' for them. It's actually kinda fun. :3
02/17/2012
leelee leelee
Quote:
Originally posted by Rossie
Seems like a lot of people give higher ratings to reviews with pictures in them - are pictures that important?
I actually look for reviews with pictures. I think it's nice to see pictures of it and not just a stock photo. A lot of times reviewers get a better close up shot of the item when the stock didn't.
02/17/2012
Crystal1 Crystal1
I think they're most helpful in lingerie reviews, since almost nobody looks like a lingerie model, so seeing it on a regular body makes a big difference.

If you're just showing the same thing that's on the product page, though, I don't think they're necessary.
02/18/2012
indiglo indiglo
They can be extremely helpful... if they're well done. Blurry, out of focus pictures, or pictures that show no scale really aren't helpful, and can be kind of annoying to me.

Everyone's opinion on these things is different, so I say just do the best you can on your reviews, and do them the way you want to do them. If they're good reviews, you'll still get good ratings regardless of the presence or absence of pictures.
02/18/2012
12345678 12345678
For things like lingerie, I feel like you need to be able to see the product. A toy you can write about the performance of, but lingerie doesn't really "do" anything...you know?
05/06/2012
Princess-Kayla ♥ Princess-Kayla ♥
I like pictures, and find them really helpful but I think a review can still be really useful without having pictures too.
05/08/2012
Velocity Velocity
Visuals are good because they give a better picture of what the reviewer is trying to convey.

I find them very helpful, and overall appealing.
07/13/2012
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Somewhat. Like sometimes I find myself ignoring them because they detract. For me, text is WAY more important.
07/14/2012
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
While I find pictures helpful, I understand that not every reviewer can add pictures to reviews. I currently can't add pictures because of computer troubles but I certainly hope that people don't discredit my reviews because of this. I don't rate reviews as less helpful because they lack pictures.
07/16/2012
Woman China Woman China
Pictures are like toppings on ice cream. If they are there and they are the right kind? They add. And if there are too many or the wrong kind? You loose the fun of the ice cream.

Pictures are the same way. A picture from every side of the box that the toy comes in is just pointless. A picture of something that is not international for me is pointless as I have no North America coins to compare with, our pens and markers are of different sizes. Now slap up a passport and I'd be a happy camper.

Picture help to explain a point someone is trying to make.

But.

A review does not need to have pictures in them. If they are there? Great! If they are not there? Great!
07/21/2012
Dixiemomma Dixiemomma
i certainly prefer pictures! i'm a visual person and in all of my normal reviews i try to add them as well as video. However with descriptive reviews they ask us not to include pictures as they are published to the product page. I certainly notice a difference in the voting between my normal reviews with pics and my descriptive reviews without them so i try not to vote down when i read others reviews that dont include pics
04/30/2013
Gdom Gdom
Pictures are nice for a couple of reasons. (1) They break up walls of text. It's tough to overestimate how important this is. Pictures really do help keep people interested (even when the picture isn't particularly informative). (2) Pictures can give some useful information that doesn't come across well in text alone. So the toy is mostly 2" in diameter, but has a bulge that goes out to 2.5" about halfway down? Well that's great, but I'm not going to be able to visualize that perfectly (if at all). But a picture? Bam. Done.
04/30/2013
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