The flip side--what are the components you find are not in any way helpful? Why?

js250 js250
Lets get this out there and list the things we find not helpful in the reviews. Please state your reasoning for other readers to understand.

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Geogeo Geogeo
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Originally posted by js250
Lets get this out there and list the things we find not helpful in the reviews. Please state your reasoning for other readers to understand.

---This is meant to be helpful--please keep it friendly!!---
Packaging info
01/26/2013
js250 js250
Something I have learned is not helpful for me has to do when someone makes a statement about the item based on their opinion and then leaves me hanging. It is very helpful to give me some supporting reasons why the person had that opinion.

Example:
Not helpful--This vibrator is awful and I do not recommend purchasing it.

Helpful--This vibrator is awful due to its lack of power, extremely noisy vibrations and its aroma. The smell is overpowering throughout the house....
I would not recommend purchasing it unless you love the sound of a machine gun going off beside your head, buying 24 batteries to last 20 minutes and a light shimmying movement for vibrations.
01/26/2013
laflauta laflauta
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Originally posted by Geogeo
Packaging info
I actually find the packaging info useful because it tells me if will be able to use the packaging for storage and if the packaging going to be discreet enough that I don't necessarily have to hide it.

I don't like it when reviews tell you about the reviewers feelings on the product but not any of the physical properties of the product itself. After I read a review, I want to feel like I have touched and seen the item in person.
01/26/2013
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
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Originally posted by js250
Something I have learned is not helpful for me has to do when someone makes a statement about the item based on their opinion and then leaves me hanging. It is very helpful to give me some supporting reasons why the person had that ... More
Totally agree with this!
01/26/2013
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
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Originally posted by laflauta
I actually find the packaging info useful because it tells me if will be able to use the packaging for storage and if the packaging going to be discreet enough that I don't necessarily have to hide it.

I don't like it when reviews tell ... More
And with this! I NEED to know if I need to find a different storage option for the toy so that I'm prepared. It's super important to me and I try to make sure that I'm including as much of that information in my reviews as possible.
01/26/2013
deltalima deltalima
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Originally posted by js250
Lets get this out there and list the things we find not helpful in the reviews. Please state your reasoning for other readers to understand.

---This is meant to be helpful--please keep it friendly!!---
I think copying word for word descriptions of the product either available here or on the company website is not helpful. I don't mind packaging info. I know some people don't like it and vote lower if people include it.
01/26/2013
Geogeo Geogeo
I add the packaging info and don't downvote for it at all since most people just add a sentence about it. I just don't care about it for gifting or for storage since it all goes in a drawer so I skip that part.

For clothing or lingerie, I generally just go to the reviews specifically looking for photos of it on the person, not close ups or the clothing on the bed, etc. If I can't find those photos anywhere, I won't buy the item.

Also, if people add the size that they are reviewing right in the title it saves me a lot of time of sifting through reviews.
01/26/2013
KissTheSkyBaby KissTheSkyBaby
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Originally posted by js250
Something I have learned is not helpful for me has to do when someone makes a statement about the item based on their opinion and then leaves me hanging. It is very helpful to give me some supporting reasons why the person had that ... More
I agree with this 100% but as far as packaging goes there is some useful information on them. That's where all those lovely "novelty use only" warnings are
01/26/2013
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by deltalima
I think copying word for word descriptions of the product either available here or on the company website is not helpful. I don't mind packaging info. I know some people don't like it and vote lower if people include it.
That's actually what we consider plagiarism on site.
01/28/2013
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
That's actually what we consider plagiarism on site.
Which should be reported.
01/28/2013
Trysexual Trysexual
I feel let down if the person does not include their personal experience with a toy or other item.
01/28/2013
Antipova Antipova
The things are not useful at all to me are personal opinions that are not founded with any facts about the toy itself.

To elaborate on that, when people give opinions but don't say their own background. If you say "too small" or "too big," but you fail to explain what size they are used to, that is not helpful to me at all. Or for a beauty product, "it smells great" without an "it smells great to me, and I usually like floral scents" or "it smells great to me even though I don't usually like floral scents."
01/28/2013
FlashFuchsia FlashFuchsia
I hate it when people are upset by a toy purchase even though it's their fault. For instance if someone bought a toy that was clearly too large for them and they say something in their review similar to "I hate this toy. Nobody buy it. I bought it once and even though it looked too big, I wanted to try it. So I got it home and I couldn't put it in me. This toy company is a piece of crap and I'll never buy another sex toy again. Thanks a lot of ruining my life, [toy company name]."

I also don't find it helpful when they write a full on erotic novel about using the toy. I don't care how beautifully your vagina hugged the toy and how quickly your husband was using it on you.
01/28/2013
VioletMoonstone VioletMoonstone
Personal opinions without anything to back it up.

It drives me nuts to read a review on a piece of lingerie and they don't even take actual measurements or even let you know what size they ordered and you kinda have to figure it out yourself. Also, they'll go into great detail about how the lingerie arrived in a cardboard box and how it made them feel and what they did with their partner ect. but nothing that really describes the lingerie itself which is the whole reason I'm reading the review in the first place.
01/29/2013
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
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Originally posted by VioletMoonstone
Personal opinions without anything to back it up.

It drives me nuts to read a review on a piece of lingerie and they don't even take actual measurements or even let you know what size they ordered and you kinda have to figure it out ... More
Well I for one don't do actual measurements because I don't have a tape measure and I would not even know where to begin but I do include the sizes from the chart and from myself.
01/29/2013
Silverdrop Silverdrop
I know it's tempting to start a review or video review with the packaging, since it's the first thing you see when the product arrives, but it's pretty much the LAST thing buyers are interested in. Video reviews that start by spending a minute or so on the packaging risk boring the viewer. If you need to include it, do it at the end. You should open with the toy. That's what people are interested in. Nobody buys a Lelo or JeJoue because they're dying to own a fancy cardboard box.
01/31/2013
Silverdrop Silverdrop
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Originally posted by PeaceToTheMiddleEast
Well I for one don't do actual measurements because I don't have a tape measure and I would not even know where to begin but I do include the sizes from the chart and from myself.
Tape measures cost a couple of quid at most, and there are plenty of guides online on how to take measurements, as well as mentors who would talk you through it. It's a good way to step up the quality of your lingerie reviews.
01/31/2013
Silverdrop Silverdrop
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Originally posted by js250
Lets get this out there and list the things we find not helpful in the reviews. Please state your reasoning for other readers to understand.

---This is meant to be helpful--please keep it friendly!!---
Witty titles that contrast with your opinion of the product. Sometimes going for the play on words leads the reader to think you loved a product you hated, or vice versa.
01/31/2013
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Silverdrop
I know it's tempting to start a review or video review with the packaging, since it's the first thing you see when the product arrives, but it's pretty much the LAST thing buyers are interested in. Video reviews that start by spending a ... More
I'm laughing because Lelo won the Xbiz award for best packaging in the industry for 2012.

I almost never talk about packaging in reviews.
01/31/2013
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by Silverdrop
Tape measures cost a couple of quid at most, and there are plenty of guides online on how to take measurements, as well as mentors who would talk you through it. It's a good way to step up the quality of your lingerie reviews.
I've always found size comparisons to around the house items to be WAY better than measurements, e.g. "How big is it compared to a pair of glasses or computer mouse?"
01/31/2013
Septimus Septimus
I really don't understand why some reviewers will give a toy a 5 star rating and then spend the entire review talking about how much they disliked the toy.
It's okay to give a toy a low rating if you think it deserves it, otherwise you just confuse your readers and help no one.
01/31/2013
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
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Originally posted by Silverdrop
Tape measures cost a couple of quid at most, and there are plenty of guides online on how to take measurements, as well as mentors who would talk you through it. It's a good way to step up the quality of your lingerie reviews.
I know they don't cost that much but I am content on what I put in my reviews and it looks like other people are as well. If there was a issue I am sure someone would let me know. I do enough with my reviews as is I also don't have time to lay stuff out and measure it with a 2 year old around who likes to get into everything that I am doing when I am trying to do it. I do the best that I can with what I got and I think that I am doing a swell job.
01/31/2013
Melan!e Melan!e
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Originally posted by VioletMoonstone
Personal opinions without anything to back it up.

It drives me nuts to read a review on a piece of lingerie and they don't even take actual measurements or even let you know what size they ordered and you kinda have to figure it out ... More
I actually don't care for measurements of the actual lingerie piece. That, to me, has never been useful. Instead, I always look for personal measurements compared against the size chart.
01/31/2013
Silverdrop Silverdrop
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Originally posted by Ansley
I'm laughing because Lelo won the Xbiz award for best packaging in the industry for 2012.

I almost never talk about packaging in reviews.
Yeah, Lelo gives great boxes, but they still end up in the recycle bin around here, same as the crappy boxes.
01/31/2013
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Silverdrop
Yeah, Lelo gives great boxes, but they still end up in the recycle bin around here, same as the crappy boxes.
Yep!
01/31/2013
sktb0007 sktb0007
I always talk about packaging lol. Actually, not very long ago I remember sifting through a number of reviews trying to find packaging information on a product because I was purchasing it as a gift and the product page didn't have any photos. Not everyone cares about packaging information but there are the few that do- so I add it.
02/05/2013
sktb0007 sktb0007
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
I've always found size comparisons to around the house items to be WAY better than measurements, e.g. "How big is it compared to a pair of glasses or computer mouse?"
I've found that a lot of people want size comparisons of toys beside regular household items too. I used to only do size comparison photos with the toy beside other toys but now I try to add other photos with cans of soda, water bottles, etc. I think there was a post on this somewhere in the forums that had me thinking about it.
02/05/2013
SassySam SassySam
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Originally posted by Geogeo
I add the packaging info and don't downvote for it at all since most people just add a sentence about it. I just don't care about it for gifting or for storage since it all goes in a drawer so I skip that part.

For clothing or ... More
I agree about the size in the title, that's helpful. Oops, I think i'm suppose to listing things that are unhelpful. Sorry.
02/11/2013
StarrStacked StarrStacked
These were really helpful for a new advanced reviewer. Thank you all!
02/20/2013
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