....... but I believe the less mentioning>less coverage>less free publicity results in lowering traffic to sites that might not be as "fair-minded" as others. And it must be kept in mind that "fairness" can be in the eye of the beholder or to a bad experience with the retailer that is actually a rare happening.
As I understand it, there are well respected sites that are given products to review, even high ticket ones like automobiles. IMO, a good reviewer is the strength of the site by which he is employed, and he is the cornerstone of their reputation. As with other business concerns, those with good reputations survive.
There has been plenty of broadband spent on warnings and offering tips on how to avoid iffy sites. Not all read those nor those on over-the counter medicines or safety ones on electrical equipment.
Frankly, I am opposed to having what might be "biased" businesses identified by name here. Why? Because your review is your opinion. There are "user reviews" and "user comments" on a lot of sites. I suspect they are as reliable and reflective of the other business practices of the site.
It is good to see that you have found the reviews by CNet valuable!
Now, I know that CNET is unbiased in their reviews, that's why I go to them for finding out about products that I'm interested in. But has anyone seen any sites where its obvious that everything they review is "great" or "Gold Award"? And the products they review seem to come from just 4 or 5 companies?
Here is a site that screams bias(IMHO): hardwarebistro.com. Take a look at their list of items that they review, several products, one after the other from the same companies. And everyone gets some sort of award, either Gold Award or Value Award. Not a single review out of the 143 reviews on their site is a bad one. Now, they do have a few "Cons" on some of the items, but nothing is complete junk. Even CNET has reviews where they basically tell you, don't buy this.
But anyway, does anyone else have any review sites they find suspicious? Does anyone else think CNET needs to do a story on these sites?