Crest’s Chocolate Mint Toothpaste Is Tasty, Overpriced, And Has No Reason To Exist

Crest’s Chocolate Mint Toothpaste Is Tasty, Overpriced, And Has No Reason To Exist

A few weeks ago, we posted about the existence of the new Crest Be(TM) line of toothpastes. This line of products includes flavors that mix chocolate and mint, vanilla and mint, and lime and mint. When the product was first announced, we declared it gross, expensive, and stupid. Now that the product has hit stores, at least one reviewer agrees with that assessment. [More]

Your Review Isn’t Really About The Product? Don’t Whine When It’s Rejected

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We often receive complaints from readers who have totally legitimate gripes about shipping or customer service issues at retailers, both online and in real life. Unfortunately, they chose to share these complaints with the world by writing about them in the retailer’s product reviews. The problem with this plan is that companies control which reviews are and aren’t posted. If they don’t post yours, it’s not because they hate free speech: it’s because you didn’t follow the directions. [More]

Spot Fake Product Reviews By Looking For Marketing
Speak

Spot Fake Product Reviews By Looking For Marketing Speak

Online marketers are constantly trying to game the system by leaving puffed up reviews for their own products on online shopping sites. But they often leave tracks behind. One of the biggest is “marketing speak,” turns of phrase and words that no human would ever use to describe an actual experience they had. Coupon Sherpa says to look for the following red flags: [More]

New Vulva Dye Doesn't Really Work, But Is Quite Tasty

New Vulva Dye Doesn't Really Work, But Is Quite Tasty

We mentioned the existence of My New Pink Button a few days ago. This new and exciting product promises to “restore the pink to a woman’s genitals,” since women don’t already have enough things to be insecure about. While Consumer Reports doesn’t have this on their testing schedule (yet), one enterprising blogger has tested the product so you don’t have to. And there are pictures. No, not that kind. [More]

Beware Buying Advice From Bloggers On The Take

Beware Buying Advice From Bloggers On The Take

As review blogs have emerged, seizing marketshare and mindshare away from traditional publications, it’s become the Wild West out there as far as journalistic ethics are concerned.

Yet Another Company Learns The Difference Between Amazon Reviews And Ads

Yet Another Company Learns The Difference Between Amazon Reviews And Ads

Instead of paying outsiders to give their products fake positive reviews on Amazon product pages like Belkin and other companies, DeLonghi cut out the middleman. Their communications manager, Tara Carpenter, simply went on Amazon and gave a variety of DeLonghi products five-star rave reviews herself.

UPDATE: Amazon Contacts Reader About Pay-to-Play Reviews, Promises Changes

UPDATE: Amazon Contacts Reader About Pay-to-Play Reviews, Promises Changes

Previously: Amazon Deletes Reviews That Mention Pay For Play Review Schemes

A Fusion of Form and Dysfunction

A Fusion of Form and Dysfunction

Jeff at LDOPA.net bought a new bagless Hoover Fusion vacuum and gave it a little test drive.

Product Review: Adidas A3 Epic Men’s Runner

Product Review: Adidas A3 Epic Men’s Runner

Practice what you preach. So we bought a pair of Adidas M3 running shoes at our own Morning Deals suggestion, only $44.90 at Amazon (sold out). We found comparible versions $55 and up at Shopzilla.

Why Is This Garnier Shampoo So Stinky?

Why Is This Garnier Shampoo So Stinky?

What is this fell odor wafting out our Garnier shampoo bottle? Garnier products are great, especially the gel (oh my gawd, yes!), so we were surprised to open it this morning, having previously used it with no smelly problem at all–and gag.