Oh god, not again....

Kat Shanahan Kat Shanahan
Of the reviews I've done so far, only two of them have been assigned. Now, obviously, I submit a request for something I'd like to review, like everyone does.

But I seem to be having lousy luck picking items for assignment. :/ And I'm afraid that if it continues, it might end up making my reviews less useful and interesting.

The items I've reviewed for my assignments have not been enjoyable. I decided that, since my price range is still relatively low, and the toys in that price range don't seem to be my cup of tea, I would focus on DVDs and books. The two DVDs I've reviewed so far...oh god, let us not go there.

So what do you all do when you're faced with a review of a product that you personally didn't enjoy? When you don't like a certain product, do you employ a "your mileage may vary" attitude, or do you feel the obligation to warn other potential buyers away from that product?
05/19/2011
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kelaaa33wish kelaaa33wish
I tell how I didn't enjoy it, but others may.
05/19/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I try to keep it as objective as I can, especially if I didn't like it because there have been things I've gotten for assignment that just weren't going to be for me. So as I'm going through the review portion I'll try to state who it might work for and who might like it, and then in the experience section I'll explain why I didn't like it. Most of the time it's a personal preference thing for me, but on occasion, the product in question has just been a bad idea. In that case, it's ok to tell people that they should probably avoid it, but remember, there's always two sides to a story. A lot of things you don't like somebody else may love
05/19/2011
Alyjazz Alyjazz
I say why I didn't like it, but I've never had to flat out say "do not buy this toy". Just because I didn't like the toy doesn't mean someone else won't.

I don't think there's anything wrong with warning someone away if it really is a god awful product though. People warn away from jelly toys all the time (of course that's for health reasons, but that's beside the point). To me it's the same as someone saying something like "You absolutely positively have to add this toy to your collection" or "Everyone should own one of these" about a toy they adored.

You think what you think and since it's your review I think you should be able to fully disclose your opinion. If that means you think people would be better off without said toy then so be it.
05/19/2011
Fullbeauty Fullbeauty
I explain why I didn't like the toy, or why it just didn't work for me. I make sure to state that others may enjoy it, it just wasn't my cup of tea.
05/19/2011
SexyTabby SexyTabby
I think a review should be honest. If you don't like it tell us. God knows I do if it's good or if it's bad. Buyers learn more about a product when there are mixed reviews to look at. Even if everyone else in the world loves it there's room for all opinions. I also tend to put who I think might enjoy the toy too unless it's a 'f-a-i-l-e-d' product. I've only had one of those that I reviewed though.

When deciding to buy something seeing what could potentially be great about the product and what could in fact suck about the item is important. It helps us make informed decisions on whether or not we think a toy may work for us. So even if it was painful, smelly or bothersome all of that should be included in your review with why it was so bad or just the opposite if it was great.

I pretty much see choosing products that aren't great as just the process for finding the perfect toys. An enjoyable process that helps us learn more about ourselves so don't get down if a product isn't what you need. Just keep enjoying finding your goal.
05/19/2011
Rockin' Rockin'
I don't usually try to be objective for reviews because I want my opinion to shine through. I get the most out of reviews that read like they come from a person's perspective, not those that try to predict whether a toy will be good for Person A or Person B or Person C.

To me, the most useful thing someone can do in a review is give their opinion about a toy and its features while also explaining why they didn't like it. By this I mean, if you don't like a toy's vibrations, I'd love to know if it's because of your body (maybe your clit / vulva is sensitive), or the power of the toy (what toy do you like? giving a counter example is great), or the shape of the toy where it touches the body, etc. Those details are what really help me figure out if I want a toy or not, and they help me understand more about you, the reviewer, so I can use your opinions more effectively.

(Note: I realize that Description Reviews are supposed to be objective, and my statements don't apply to them.)
05/19/2011
LilLostLenore LilLostLenore
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Originally posted by Fullbeauty
I explain why I didn't like the toy, or why it just didn't work for me. I make sure to state that others may enjoy it, it just wasn't my cup of tea.
agreed.
10/16/2011
Princess-Kayla ♥ Princess-Kayla ♥
If I don't like it, I do state that I don't, and why I don't, but I keep in mind that other people might not feel that way.
So I try to keep personal opinion of the item out of it, and just tell them about it.
10/18/2011
mudpie mudpie
I know that, as a reader of reviews, it's much more helpful for me to hear specific things about what's wrong with the toy. Once or twice I've decided to buy toys after reading mixed reviews because the problems that the reviewers had with it would not be problems for me.
11/20/2011
Kate Kate
when i have assignments that i didn't like i say why i didn't like it but i also make sure to point out who may like it and why. there are pros and cons to everything and not everyone is going to like everything they get unfortunately. whenever i mention what i don't like, i go into detail and if there was nothing i liked about it, i'm honest and say so
11/26/2011
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