May 1st, 2010

I Believe

thoughts about reviews

amyb0223 turned me on to a couple of products recently, just to feed my coffee addiction without breaking my bank: the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker and Aerolatte To Go, Milk Frother, Black. Some of the reviews are extremely well-written and helpful. On the other hand, some of them are ridiculous. If you don't take care of your product or you use it in a way it is not intended to be used, and then it breaks or doesn't hold up well, it isn't because the product isn't made well and you shouldn't grade it down because of your own carelessness or misuse. Likewise, don't downgrade a $20 product because it doesn't hold up like a $200 product. Know what you are buying! You paid $20 for the thing! Treat it with care and it will last a long time. Throw it around and it will fall apart--like any $20 appliance will. That is also not the company's fault. If you want something you can drop 50 times or leave lying around and expect durability, pay extra!

End of rant about Amazon reviews. I could talk about the need to read reviews critically, but I won't... kl1964 bought me the coffee maker as an early birthday gift. I might buy the milk frother so we can experiment with making lattes while he's here. I have no expectations about this thing--I drink drip coffee most of the time and might get a latte from Starbucks or Panera a couple of times a month. It will be a fun adventure to see what I can create. If it ends up tasting anything like a real latte, I will be very surprised, but I don't really expect to create anything that good. The fun part will be the fact that it is my own creation.

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