Why does bad gear get good reviews?
One day I was browsing one of my favorite online retailers (it is a well-known reputable retailer that many of you have mentioned in your posts) and I noticed that this retailer was offering "junk brand" car audio products. These products had fabulous reviews, just like almost every other product on the website.
I'm not naive. I always assume that online reviews are unreliable at best and possibly completely fake. But in this case it was one of those brands that has been around for decades and anybody who has more than about 20 minutes of experience in car audio knows that it is a "pile" of junk.
If a product like this can get glowing reviews how can I ever know for sure if any product is quality? Why would a mainstream retailer that is known for quality offer products like these? The simple act of finding these products, with good reviews, on that website made me question the quality of all their gear.
Could these reviews be a combination of fake reviews plus a few naive consumers who are happy in their ignorance? Perhaps these reviewers we're doing a cost-benefit analysis, the gear was not that great but it got the job done and it was cheap?
What are your experiences with these junk brands, have you ever bought one that turned out to be fantastic?
I'm very deliberately not mentioning any specific brands or specific stores because I don't want to be negative. I'm just trying to understand the strange thing that I have observed.
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