> on 4/2/04 12:00Jim Drew wrote: > (Of course, as I think about it, I didn't get to live in my house for > a week before I bought it, either.)
There are other examples equally puzzling. Cell phones can't be tested where
you would use them. Reception is a real issue for buyers, but only
testimonials from friends in your area will likely sway a purchase decision.
You're obviously an expert consumer. Many people do not go to the effort of
test driving rentals, as you say even if they could find one local to a
rental company. Automobiles are one example that has an established
vocabulary for discussing values important to consumers and the enjoyment of
Consumer electronics rely on marketing to characterize products, which is
filled with misleading characterizations based on competitors products.
Certainly not the objective (subjective?) descriptions that we already enjoy
about what makes something visually appealing.
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