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Give Your Epinions

Posted By On February 2, 2007 @ 3:03 PM In Using The Internet | No Comments

Give Your Epinions

Do you like to make your opinion heard? Then you’ve got to check this out!

Introduction

Epinions.com is a Web site that provides consumers with reviews on various goods to help them make informed buying decisions. The Web site is actually part of the Shopping.com network and the reviews on the site are all from fellow consumers, thus providing unbiased opinions.

Who It’s For

The Epinions Web site is great for consumers who love to do research about a product before they buy it. If you are that type of person, you are sure to enjoy the plethora of opinions on a variety of products.

As a member of Epinions, you can also earn money for your reviews. You won’t get rich doing this, but you can at least get something out of it.

ProsCons
  • Unbiased consumer reviews.
  • Ability to make money writing reviews.
  • Large network of users and reviewed products.
  • Easy navigation.
  • Earnings on reviews are only shared revenue, not a flat fee.
  • Not all items have reviews.
  • Some reviews provide little relevant information.

About the Web Site

If you are one of those shoppers who likes to save every penny they can, then listen up. Epinions is sure to be your new online mecca for competitive shopping. It is a one stop destination for unbiased reviews, side by side price comparisons and it provides a list of trusted online merchants. You can’t ask for anything more, can you?!

With so many online retailers offering customer reviews, the Web is a great place to do comparative shopping. The only problem is that the Web site that happens to have the best reviews might not have the best prices. Along with that, the Web site with the best price might look a little shady as well. So, the quest for getting the best product, at the best price, can be a lengthy process. Epinions, however, is making it a little easier.

As I said before, Epinions is part of the Shopping.com network, which is also an eBay company. Shopping.com was one of the early Web sites to provide side by side price comparisons and reviews.

No longer do you have to jump from one Web site to another to do your online shopping research. Epinions has provided a site that offers reviews on products, which are written by other consumers. To help make reviews as helpful as possible, Epinions lets users create bio pages, comment on other user reviews and it lets you get updates when new reviews are added. There is a “Web of Trust” feature as well, which directs you to other consumers with the same interests as you. This way, you can talk and share ideas about products you’re interested in, much like you would in the real world.

Once you have read enough reviews on a product to decide which one you want to purchase, it’s time to check out the prices. All you have to do is click on the Compare Prices button and in a matter seconds, you’ll have a comprehensive list of prices from retailers all over the Web. There is even a “Smart Buy” suggestion, which recommends the lowest price from a trusted store.

The trusted store feature is a very valuable tool. During the early use of price comparison Web sites, the results would always be from the lowest price found on the Internet. These super low price stores were usually gray market stores, which is basically a step up from black market stores. But, with the trusted store feature, you can be sure you are buying from a reputable seller. In order to be a trusted store, the merchant must continually receive positive feedback, provide accurate pricing and shipping information and honor prices listed, even if they are incorrect.

To start writing reviews and earning money for them, you must become a member of the site. This is a free and simple process. As a member, you will be able to earn money based on your reviews. The exact method of how Epinions determines the amount of money you make is not provided on the Web site, but the more useful reviews you post, the more money you will earn. Commenting on other reviews will also help you earn money. Epinions also pays out random bonuses for top reviews, years of membership and more.

The Bottom Line

Epinions is a great all-in-one Web site for comparative online shopping. They provide a friendly and easy to use site that creates a useful online buying and research community. Check it out!

Check out Epinions for yourself here.

~ Daved Brosche


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