Rick the cheap skate Broida here with an important tip for Amazon shoppers.
See if this sounds familiar.
You are looking for something on Amazon and naturally gravitate to the product with the five star rating.
Thinking it must be good, you click buy now.
Hold on there partner.
Some of those reviews might be fake, and could've been planted there by the vendors, employees, or even paid reviewers.
Although Amazon has taken steps to crack down on this problem, it's still a problem.
There are a couple tools designed to help you ferret out the fakes.
FakeSpot and ReviewMeta use sophisticated algorithms [SOUND] Is to vet reviews and let you know how many of them are legitimate.
So just copy and paste any Amazon URL to either site and you'll see well, reviews of the reviews.
Better still both services offer browser extensions that scan an Amazon page with just one click.
Problem solved right?
Before you decide against a product, remember that when you see a low rating, Fakespot is merely grading the percentage of questionable reviews, not the product itself.
So a C minus for the reviews doesn't mean that the product should also get a C minus.
And in my experience, Fakespot and ReviewMeta are sometimes at odds with each other.
One indicates lots of fake reviews, the other gives most of them a pass.
So these services can be helpful, but use them in combination with your own judgement.
I recommend reading the reviews for yourself.
It's pretty easy to spot ones that are totally made up.
As with anything you buy online, always check the seller's return policy and the product's warranty.
I purchased lots of items that had questionable Full reviews but turned out to be just as good as advertised.
So take everything with a grain of salt and always use common sense.