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    This topic contains 1 reply, has 2 voices, and was last updated by  wavy 2 years, 7 months ago.

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    • #508268 Reply

      WSgsmith-plm
      AskWoody Lounger

      No matter what browser or search engine I use, it has become almost impossible to search for product information and reviews without being overwhelmed by sales sites. Sometimes you can precede what you are searching for with the word “best” or append “review” or some other word to the query. But even at the best of times it seems that 80% of what you get are places selling stuff or worse yet product sales masquerading as reviews.

      It has reached the point where I have a short list of places that I start with that appear to do honest reviews of products. Problem is that many of these sites go for the “best”, which cost an arm/leg, while ignoring the budget 2nd best items. And even more frustrating are the (often undated) great reviews that are 4-5 years old for products no longer sold.

      Has anyone found a way around this other than going to some sales sites and digging through the (sometimes solicited) reviews to try and find something that isn’t crap?

      BTW, if anyone knows a better forum category for this, let me know.

    • #1591944 Reply

      wavy
      AskWoody Plus

      Try private viewing.

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      Just because you don't know where you are going doesn't mean any road will get you there.
      • #1591954 Reply

        b
        AskWoody Plus

        Try private viewing.

        What difference would that make?

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        • #1591999 Reply

          wavy
          AskWoody Plus

          What difference would that make?

          RetiredG s idea would be better in this case. I misinterpreted the question. :p

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    • #1591952 Reply

      RetiredGeek
      AskWoody MVP

      Graham,

      Try this on Google (or google search).

      Review: “your product name here” -download

      By not returning items including the download keyword it pretty effectively eliminates the sales sites in my experience.

      You could also add a -purchase if you choose.

      HTH :cheers:

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

      • #1591994 Reply

        WSgsmith-plm
        AskWoody Lounger

        By not returning items including the download keyword it pretty effectively eliminates the sales sites in my experience.

        I do quite a bit of searching using quotes and exclusions, but I’m not sure how excluding “download” would help except perhaps with shareware.

        But, I’m going to try using review: “phrase” to see how it does. The one big problem with phrases is that often the best way to find things is with a series of keywords rather than an exact phrase.

        • #1591997 Reply

          RetiredGeek
          AskWoody MVP

          I’m not sure how excluding “download” would help except perhaps with shareware.

          Graham,

          Most reviews don’t include download links and since most software is now available via downloads vs CD/DVD it pretty well excludes sales sites in my limited experience.

          HTH :cheers:

          May the Forces of good computing be with you!

          RG

          PowerShell & VBA Rule!
          Computer Specs

          • #1592097 Reply

            WSgsmith-plm
            AskWoody Lounger

            Most reviews don’t include download links and since most software is now available via downloads vs CD/DVD it pretty well excludes sales sites in my limited experience.

            Probably won’t help when looking for toasters, but might for computer related stuff.

            I did try starting with review: and it does seem to focus the search more. I also find that using Duck-Duck-Go is somewhat better than Google or Bing.

    • #1591953 Reply

      WSSudo
      AskWoody Lounger

      While I’ll Google for the professional reviews of a product, I’ll check to see if Amazon are selling it then read the customers reviews.

      Not sure how many of the good reviews are genuine though, so you have to balance them out.

      Depending upon the item I want to buy, in the UK I would probably see what Argos, PC World, Amazon and other similar retailers have on offer and you can usually refine your search by price range and then look for the reviews.

    • #1591968 Reply

      Coochin
      AskWoody_MVP

      Use Google’s Advanced Search which allows you to specify more precisely what webpages will be listed in the search results.

      A quick-n-easy way to achieve the same effect is to simply use double-quotes to search for a specific phrase or term.

      For example, if I wanted to find reviews of Mozilla FireFox I would enter:

      “Mozilla FireFox” review

      (with the double-quotes). This will cause Google to list webpages that have the exact term “Mozilla FireFox” and that also have the word “review”.

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    • #1592018 Reply

      wavy
      AskWoody Plus

      RG

      I tried:

      Review: “ZyXEL USG20W” -download

      on google and got less than stellar results. Am I getting it right??

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      Just because you don't know where you are going doesn't mean any road will get you there.
    • #1592032 Reply

      RetiredGeek
      AskWoody MVP

      David,

      Define: “Less than Stellar”
      46797-googleqry

      Now no search is going to guarantee the results you want but it did winnow it down a bit.
      46798-googleqry2

      It’s unfortunate but no search engine I know will respond appropriately to Review: “ZyXEL USG20W” -download +”stellar review” 😆

      HTH :cheers:

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

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