Follow-up Reviews: How Soon is Too Soon?

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Follow-up Reviews: How Soon is Too Soon?

wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
I've noticed that there are a lot of people who write their follow-up reviews days after the original review. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, I just happened to notice it while reading reviews this morning. I know that I have written a few follow-ups only a few weeks or a month after, but those were on products that I have had for years and even stated in the review that I have had them for years.

So my question is... how soon is too soon to write a follow-up review? If a reviewer has just gotten the product, do you think that he or she should wait a certain amount of time before writing their follow-up so that it is more accurate to things that could happen over time?
11/13/2011
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Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
eden actually asks you to wait two months before you write a follow up. However, if there are serious problems with the design or function of the toy, then it's permissible to follow up on it sooner
11/13/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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Originally posted by Ms. Spice
eden actually asks you to wait two months before you write a follow up. However, if there are serious problems with the design or function of the toy, then it's permissible to follow up on it sooner
So, if someone writes a follow-up a week or so later and they say they haven't had any problems and they still love it, then why allow it to publish? I feel like I'm the review police saying that, but to me it just feels like you haven't let enough time pass. -shrugs-
11/13/2011
Kkay Kkay
To me the point of follow-up reviews is getting an opinion after that first flush has worn off. I don't find them useful if it's a week later saying "I still like it!"
11/13/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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Originally posted by Kkay
To me the point of follow-up reviews is getting an opinion after that first flush has worn off. I don't find them useful if it's a week later saying "I still like it!"
That's kind of how I feel about it. Unless it's something that you've had for a long time, but never wrote a review for it because you are either new to the site, or it was something you bought somewhere else/whatever.
11/13/2011
Ryuson Ryuson
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Originally posted by Kkay
To me the point of follow-up reviews is getting an opinion after that first flush has worn off. I don't find them useful if it's a week later saying "I still like it!"
I agree!
11/13/2011
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
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Originally posted by wrecklesswords
So, if someone writes a follow-up a week or so later and they say they haven't had any problems and they still love it, then why allow it to publish? I feel like I'm the review police saying that, but to me it just feels like you haven't ...
The functionality of the system probably does not allow Eden to set a required waiting time.

The very quick followup review is most often (I've seen) done by new reviewers who haven't quite gotten the hang of how everything works. No harm, no foul--we've all been there--but I don't find them useful in the slightest when, three days later, someone "still loves" their toy. Of course you still love it, you've only had it for five minutes.
11/13/2011
Sir Sir
In all honesty, a follow-up review should only be done when it's needed. I have not done follow-ups on products I've had for years, simply because there's nothing to say about them. They still work great, so what's the point?
11/13/2011
Tessa Taboo Tessa Taboo
I have done this on several occasions: Some of the toys I have purchased elsewhere, and owned for quite some time. I try to write the original review under the premise that I had just purchased the toy, and I put why I bought it, what I intended it for, and all that. Then, I write the follow up and mention how the toy stood the test of time, and if it got much use, and if it was worth the purchase. Another thing I have done this on is DVD's. It's not like they really have a lot of wear and tear... either you like them, or you didn't. Also, on toys I hated from the get-go, that will never get used again like that dang KY Yours and Mine crap.... it burned the holy hell out of me, and I was never going to use it again, and so there was no point in waiting 2 months to say that.

ALso, I wish EF would let us put the time span in there, instead of just going from the time the original review was written, to the time the follow up was written. Here is my reason: I did a review on my iEgg. I loved it. It was the best toy ever. I had it for 2 years, and the wires came loose. I did the follow up review about a week after the original, and for someone who just glanced through and saw 'wires came loose' and 'written one week later' or whatever, might miss the part where I said 'it was my favorite toy for the 2 YEARS I owned it'.... you know what I mean?
11/13/2011
Tessa Taboo Tessa Taboo
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Originally posted by Sir
In all honesty, a follow-up review should only be done when it's needed. I have not done follow-ups on products I've had for years, simply because there's nothing to say about them. They still work great, so what's the point?
I would mention that they still work great! Say that the thing is still happily buzzing along or whatever! I know that I get nervous about the quality of things I buy, so it is nice to know if they all break after a few months of heavy use, or if things have stood the test of time.
11/13/2011
- Kira - - Kira -
I like the two months that Eden says. That seems long enough to decide if something was good just because it was new or if it was really good. I've only done a few follow up reviews and they were done in cases like Sir mentioned - when there was something new to say. Other than that, I might wait 4-6 months on follow ups just to be sure.
11/13/2011
unfulfilled unfulfilled
Those are some great points that everyone has mentioned.
11/13/2011
null null
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Originally posted by Tessa Taboo
I have done this on several occasions: Some of the toys I have purchased elsewhere, and owned for quite some time. I try to write the original review under the premise that I had just purchased the toy, and I put why I bought it, what I intended it ...
Agreed, being able to input your own time span could be very helpful.
11/13/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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Originally posted by unfulfilled
Those are some great points that everyone has mentioned.
I totally agree.
11/13/2011
Tessa Taboo Tessa Taboo
I do want to mention, however, that under normal circumstances, I think 2 months is a great time span for a follow up for most things.
11/13/2011
Vanille Vanille
Great points everyone! I haven't done any followups yet, myself. I think I'll do it when a toy ends up breaking or I run out of something (if it's a lube or a bath product) or the outfit goes to crud...

If it's still working by the time the two-months Eden looks for, I won't bother.
11/13/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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Originally posted by Tessa Taboo
I do want to mention, however, that under normal circumstances, I think 2 months is a great time span for a follow up for most things.
I do as well. 2 months is enough time for things to go wrong or for your opinions to change. I know there are some toys that I've gotten that I hated at first, but after I gave myself time to play with them, I liked them.

Plus, if you don't play with your toys very much, then after 2 months, maybe you've had time to play with it more, or maybe not.
11/13/2011
T&A1987 T&A1987
Aside from time, I think new developments also warrant a follow-up review. I'm planning a lot of follow ups for when my GF comes back and we can use the toys together. Aside from that, I'd say wait two months and only follow up if new information (rash judgement initially, it broke down too soon, new uses, etc) is discovered.
11/13/2011
Tessa Taboo Tessa Taboo
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Originally posted by Vanille
Great points everyone! I haven't done any followups yet, myself. I think I'll do it when a toy ends up breaking or I run out of something (if it's a lube or a bath product) or the outfit goes to crud...

If it's still working by ...
I would say that follow ups that say that everything is still going great, are just as helpful as ones that say it broke. If there is no follow up, you are left to wonder if it is still working, or broke and they didn't bother following up, or what the status is. I like hearing that after a few months, things are still working, and haven't broken or stopped working.
11/13/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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Originally posted by Tessa Taboo
I would say that follow ups that say that everything is still going great, are just as helpful as ones that say it broke. If there is no follow up, you are left to wonder if it is still working, or broke and they didn't bother following up, or ...
Indeed, indeed. I think follow-ups are a great thing to be able to read after time has passed.
11/13/2011
Annemarie Annemarie
I've got a ton of followups that have piled up. I know, I'm sorry. There's about 20 that I need to do.

But, I think that 2 months minimum UNLESS something major happens (it breaks/rips/stops working).
11/13/2011
Rarity Rarity
Quote:
Originally posted by Tessa Taboo
I would say that follow ups that say that everything is still going great, are just as helpful as ones that say it broke. If there is no follow up, you are left to wonder if it is still working, or broke and they didn't bother following up, or ...
What is one to do if the toy were to malfunction a few days after the review was published? When would it be appropriate to write a follow up review?
11/13/2011
Tessa Taboo Tessa Taboo
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Originally posted by Rarity
What is one to do if the toy were to malfunction a few days after the review was published? When would it be appropriate to write a follow up review?
I would say to contact someone from EF, in that case, because it would most likely follow under the 'faulty product' rules.
11/13/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
I think any sooner than a month is too soon, unless something happened after reviewing the item that you think people really should know about asap!
11/13/2011
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
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Originally posted by Rarity
What is one to do if the toy were to malfunction a few days after the review was published? When would it be appropriate to write a follow up review?
If you bought it elsewhere, you should edit your original review.

That's why there's the 30 day window for editing.


If you purchase it from Eden, you should contact customer care or gary/jr, because they can help you out.
11/13/2011
B8trDude B8trDude
I think follow-up reviews are very useful. I nearly always wait the two full months before I write one. The only exception are for one-time use products for something that breaks. For everything else, I wait.
11/13/2011
Rarity Rarity
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Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
If you bought it elsewhere, you should edit your original review.

That's why there's the 30 day window for editing.


If you purchase it from Eden, you should contact customer care or gary/jr, because they can help you out.
I got it as an assignment. I sent in a support ticket, hopefully they'll be able to give me a definitive answer. Thank you.
11/13/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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Originally posted by Rarity
What is one to do if the toy were to malfunction a few days after the review was published? When would it be appropriate to write a follow up review?
I agree with mrsheathereese on this one as well. Contact EF about it if its only a few days later because it is probably just a faulty product.
11/13/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
The only times I've ever really done a quick follow up was for things that were one time use items. Otherwise, most of my reviews don't have followups on them. I definitely agree that saying you still love something after a week with no other context isn't useful. If it's a situation like above where you've had the item for a long time to begin with and it breaks after you write the review and you do a followup a week later, make sure that you've mentioned in the original review and in the follow up how long you've had it. People might miss the length of time in the original review, but follow ups are much shorter and harder to miss stuff in.
11/14/2011
married with children married with children
I would try to stick to the 2 months. I have gone shorter on an item we have thrown away because it was junk or a one time use item.
11/15/2011
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