Finding Consumer Product Reviews
- Beware Fake Reviews
- How to Find Reviews
- Consumer Reports
- Computers & Electronics
- Hobbies and More
Beware Fake Online Reviews
A common marketing scam involves paying for fake reviews on popular websites such as Amazon.com. Learn how to identify and avoid these scams by reading the following articles:
- Five Ways To Spot A Fake Online Review, Restaurant Or Otherwise (NPR).
Go to: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/09/12/160755775/five-ways-to-spot-a-fake-online-review-restaurant-or-otherwise
- How to Spot Fake Online Reviews (Real Simple).
Go to: http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-strategies/fake-online-reviews-00100000090957/index.html
How to Find Product Reviews
In addition to general consumer review magazines like Consumer Reports, there are also hobby-specific magazines and websites that include reviews of items related to their subject. Be aware that "sponsored" reviews (aka advertisements) are a common source of income for bloggers.
- Check the library's magazine list to see if we subscribe to a paper copy of a title.
Go to: http://gastonlibrary.org/research/periodicals/magazines/
- Access digital magazines via Zinio and NCLive.org. NCLive.org offers full-text access to articles from many magazines. Simply type in the subject of review + "review" (example: dishwasher review).
Consumer Reports & Other General Product Review Sources
- Consumer Reports
- http://www.consumerreports.org/: The website provides some indexing; basic subject guides on products are provided for non-subscribers.
- Current issues of Consumer Reports and Consumer Reports Annual Buying Guide are available at all branches of the library. Back issues are available at the Reference Desk at the Main Library.
- Consumer Search
- http://www.consumersearch.com: Reviews and comparisons of a wide range of products.
- Consumer World
- http://www.consumerworld.org: Compare prices of products online.
Computers & Electronics
- PC Magazine
- http://www.pcmag.com/reviews: Reviews of computer hardware, software, and other electronics.
- PC World
- http://www.pcworld.com/reviews.html: Reviews of computer hardware and software.
- Sound & Vision
- Read the current magazine at the Main Library Back issues are available at the Reference desk.
- http://reviews.cnet.com/: Reviews of a variety of electronic devices.
- http://www.zdnet.com/reviews: Reviews of a variety of electronic devices.
Be sure to read our research guide on Buying A Car.
- Car and Driver
- Cycle World
- Dirt Bike
- http://dirtbikemagazine.com/category/tests-reviews/products-reviews: Reviews of dirt bikes and accessories.
- Road & Track
Hobbies and More
- Guitar Player
- http://www.electric-guitar-review.com/category/review/: Reviews on the latest guitars and accessories.
- http://www.harmonycentral.com: User and professional reviews of guitars and accessories.
Go to: http://www.harmonycentral.com/reviews
Go to: http://www.harmonycentral.com/expert-reviews
Outdoor & Sports Gear
- http://www.backpacker.com/gear/: Reviews of GPS devices, tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, clothing and other products.
- http://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/: Reviews of bicycles and cycling gear.
- Outdoor Life
- http://www.outdoorlife.com/gear: Reviews of firearms and general hunting and fishing gear.
- Runner's World
- http://www.runnersworld.com/running-shoes-gear: Reviews of shoes, clothes and running accessories.
- Popular Photography
- http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/: Reviews of digital cameras and accessories.
Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Finding Consumer and Product Reviews
Revised: 2 Aug 2016