Comparing other products to the one you are reviewing?

evie.amor evie.amor
What is your stance on comparing other products on EF to the one that you are doing your review on?

Example:
"The Bandit by Vixen is made of Vixskin material; it is floppier and softer than the O2 Revolution for example, but firmer then the..."


So how do you feel about it, as a reviewer and a potential buyer?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I like when people do little comparisons like that in their reviews! It's helpful!
46  (94%)
I don't really care.
1  (2%)
Reviews? I just go by which looks the best in the product pics!
Comparing products like that in reviews is against the law!
Udder.
2  (4%)
Total votes: 49
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03/15/2013
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evie.amor evie.amor
Personally, I really like when people compare products in this fashion and find it very helpful. As a reader/potential buyer, I think that if you have experience with similar toys to the one that you are reviewing it is very helpful if you include those comparisons in your review.
03/15/2013
bratcat bratcat
i also really enjoy when a reviewer thinks to put comparisons among toys, weather it is the materia, texture, shape, size, ect. I think it really helps especially if i have tried or own the toys/company the reviewer is comparing. And as always i really appreciate when the written comparisons are coupled with a picture of the toys together when it comes to size, shape and texture.
03/15/2013
spiced spiced
I like it and I've done it a lot in my reviews.

Sometimes, when I don't have the compared products, I have no frame of reference. "It's softer than a bloorgenvirter, but firmer than a glurch". Huh? But when I DO have the toys being compared, it's instantly informative. I totally agree with bratcat about visual comparisons (photos).

I also like when they make a visual comparison with a common, everyday object. And I also find it helpful to verbally compare with everyday things when describing texture, firmness, etc. For example, I think it's generally more useful to compare a dildo's firmness to an erection than to another dildo. But it's easy enough to do both types of comparisons, so why not do both?
03/15/2013
chicmichiw chicmichiw
I love it when people write a few sentences of comparison -- it helps me learn about other toys, put new toys on my radar, or just plain understand better the main toy that they're reviewing. I especially love comparison pictures, which is fun from the collection aspect but also for scale and color.
03/15/2013
melissa1973 melissa1973
If they have something to compair it to that would be helpful to people who know about the other item being compaired, but if we don't have or know about it then there's no way of compairing it to anything.
03/15/2013
Mr. E Mr. E
I appreciate when a reviewer points out similarities or differences between two products, especially if I am already familiar with the competing product. I especially appreciate the photos showing a small group of similar products next to each other. It makes it a lot easier to distinguish the differences.
03/15/2013
Hazeleyes2012 Hazeleyes2012
It's helpful if the review has a working knowledge of both products and can explain similarities and difference to related products.
03/15/2013
1001 Pleasures 1001 Pleasures
If there are similar products that a reviewer has tried, or can offer a comparison to, I prefer that. I like it when a review says something like, "Please note this plug has a wider diameter than the similarly-shaped ______" or "Even though this vibrating toy is from the same company as XYZ, the _____ doesn't have the intense vibrations of their earlier product."
03/15/2013
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by evie.amor
What is your stance on comparing other products on EF to the one that you are doing your review on?

Example:
"The Bandit by Vixen is made of Vixskin material; it is floppier and softer than the O2 Revolution for example, but firmer ... More
I find that a little comparison can be helpful but several pictures with other products, unless they are from the same line, can lead to more confusion not less. If I don't own the other products then the comparison does me no good...we used to push actually asking the person if you wanted a comparison and it seemed to work pretty well. I dunno why that actually changed.
03/15/2013
Ryuson Ryuson
I enjoy it when they're similar toys. An example would be "The Getaway Luxe is .5 inches longer and .5 inches thicker than the Getaway Pure. It also seems to be a bit stronger." That is super useful, as people often get stuck trying to decide what Getaway toy to get.

Something that would not be as useful would be "The Eden bullet is 10.5 inches smaller and .75 inches thinner than my Njoy Eleven. It also is much stronger, as it has a motor and the Eleven does not." This really won't help me, as I probably won't be stuck deciding between a cheap bullet and super expensive steel wand.
03/15/2013
Trysexual Trysexual
I love to see comparisons to similar toys. I always try to include comparison photos for size as well.
03/15/2013
ChubbyNerd ChubbyNerd
I like seeing comparison photos.
03/15/2013
js250 js250
It varies. As long as they are on similar items--definitely! On other items that are not very comparable...take them or leave them.
03/15/2013
Virgingasms Virgingasms
I think comparisons can be really helpful for people to get a better idea of the toy.
03/15/2013
evie.amor evie.amor
Quote:
Originally posted by 1001 Pleasures
If there are similar products that a reviewer has tried, or can offer a comparison to, I prefer that. I like it when a review says something like, "Please note this plug has a wider diameter than the similarly-shaped ______" or "Even ... More
Agreed! Even if I haven't tried any of the products I still find the comparisons useful. For example: if I'm wavering between two similar products and someone reviews one of them and does a comparison like you mentioned ("ABC vibrating toy is stronger then XYZ vibrating toy"), it gives me a clearer idea of which toy will work better for me!
03/15/2013
GONE! GONE!
I love it! It really helps me when I'm choosing between multiple toys that are similar.
03/16/2013
VioletMoonstone VioletMoonstone
I find it very helpful when shopping for something in particular. I don't see anything wrong with comparing things but I also don't think it's necessary. You can still write a really good review without comparing things, but it sure helps.
03/16/2013
mdnght mdnght
I find it useful, especially if that other product has caught my eye, or if I decide I don't want the product they're reviewing but want to look into something similar...
03/16/2013
Woman China Woman China
I love comparisons!!!

I attempt to compare toys of the same purpose in my reviews. I do this simply because this is what I like to read in a review. I especially like to see how the tip of a new g-spot toy compares to a g-spot toy I already have. I like to see the comparisons of the g-spot bulge too. Then not to mention how the motors all work in comparison to other toys.

Then to compare the toy to a couple of various items that are found through out the world helps me to figure out size.

This is what I find useful in a review. I have read some reviews where members have not compared their toy to anything and have done a marvelous job. Each review is its own review.
03/16/2013
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
In one sense, I can appreciate it, but it bothers me when the entire review is comparing two items. Not everyone is going to have those two items, making the comparison useless in those circumstances. I appreciate little blips here and there that relate to feel/size/fit/power/et c. but when the entire review is just a comparison, I think it takes away from the review rather than adding to it.
03/16/2013
jr2012 jr2012
I don't have a huge collection so I only occasionally find comparisons in reviews to toys I own.

However, I do appreciate comparisons in general. In this instance I think more is more, and adding a sentence or two will help your review.
03/16/2013
Herzer Herzer
Quote:
Originally posted by evie.amor
What is your stance on comparing other products on EF to the one that you are doing your review on?

Example:
"The Bandit by Vixen is made of Vixskin material; it is floppier and softer than the O2 Revolution for example, but firmer ... More
As a potential buyer having a comparison between two toys would be nice as a way to know which I should buy.
03/16/2013
Boyfriend Boyfriend
I think it is helpful
03/16/2013
Zandrock Zandrock
I think it is very helpful
03/16/2013
Allison.Wilder Allison.Wilder
Quote:
Originally posted by evie.amor
What is your stance on comparing other products on EF to the one that you are doing your review on?

Example:
"The Bandit by Vixen is made of Vixskin material; it is floppier and softer than the O2 Revolution for example, but firmer ... More
I'd prefer that comparing products be done in the personal comments or experience sections. If someone were to compare The Bandit by Vixen to O2 Revolution, I'd have no idea what to do with that information as I don't own the O2 Revolution.
03/26/2013
SydneyScreams SydneyScreams
I've been thinking about doing this, but wasn't sure if it was allowed
04/16/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
Quote:
Originally posted by PropertyOfPotter
In one sense, I can appreciate it, but it bothers me when the entire review is comparing two items. Not everyone is going to have those two items, making the comparison useless in those circumstances. I appreciate little blips here and there that ... More
I actually disagree with you. I was recently trying to decide between the Tantus Acute and Tantus Curve, and a great comparison review of the two helped me decide on the Acute! In such cases, a comparison between two similar toys can be MORE helpful to those who don't own either of them.
05/12/2013
Zombirella Zombirella
If I have something that I feel is worth comparing, I'll do it in a review. But, it's probably better for someone to message me if they have a question about things I have reviewed as to what I prefer. I actually have had people message me and ask me about different things I've reviewed and what I liked more about one thing over the other.
05/12/2013
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
I love comparisons when the items are similar enough that numerous people are trying to decide between the two.
05/12/2013
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