How do you decide on buying a product?

@kgwat70 (13395)
United States
November 15, 2006 7:35pm CST
Do you use Consumer Reports in deciding on what product you buy, advice from friends or family, coworkers, advertisements or some other factor? I use Consumer Reports for major purchases like a car, computer, or home appliances.
8 responses
@happygal68 (3277)
• United States
16 Nov 06
I also use Consumer Reports for the major items. For the smaller things I just do research on line and see what others have to say and I also speak to my family and friends to see if they can shed any info on whatever it is I am looking for.
@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
16 Nov 06
Very cool. Seems like we agree on quite a few things. Researching and talking to people seems very good when looking at smaller items. Happy shopping to you. :-)
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
16 Nov 06
there are online rating things too amazon allows consumers to rate products I find this helpful
@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
16 Nov 06
Okay, thank you very much. I will have to check that out too. :-)
• United States
16 Nov 06
I rarely use Consumer Reports as a research tool when deciding upon a product to buy. I research the web for a given product and form my own conclusions.
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@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
21 Dec 06
I do some of that as well but I think Consumer Reports has more detailed information about certain products that we can not find on the internet or find elsewhere.
• Singapore
16 Nov 06
I do look through review websites for reviews on the product I am looking at. Check with friends for their views, especially those who are using the same products. If possible, borrow the product and play with it myself.
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@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
16 Nov 06
Thank you for your reply as those are good ways as well to check on products before you buy.
• India
16 Nov 06
I ask about it to my friends.After that I read the product review on sites like cnet.com.
@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
16 Nov 06
Cnet is a godo website. I usually go there to download free software.
@wyykidd (1460)
• Singapore
16 Nov 06
Yeah, for big ticket items, I will ask around & get feedbacks from others before deciding on brands/models to buy... But sometimes, if I just like something very much, I will buy it, irregardless of the feedback :P
@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
16 Nov 06
Definitely good to get feedback from other people and/or websites or magazines that can provide detail on products.
@Asylum (48067)
• Manchester, England
16 Nov 06
This would really depend on the type of product and whether I have a knowledge of the subject. I remember the first time that I bought a mobile phone. There were many models on the market and I knew virtually nothing about the subject, so I bought a few magazines that contained reviews and other relevant information. Whereas when I bought a digital camera I knew what it was that I required. That is the important factor to me, I need to know what I am buying and why.
@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
16 Nov 06
A digital camera is something else that I would need to do research on before buying as well since there are different kinds and have different features.
• China
21 Dec 06
quality and then price
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
16 Nov 06
price and quality