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**UPDATE AT BOTTOM**While reading reviews here on Ciao, I noticed a review about another consumer review website, Dooyoo, so ever the inquisitive person that I am, I went over to have a look. Then I thought, I may as register, so I did, then I had a look and read around the site. The next thing I knew I posted a review and then I was hooked. So now I'm going to return the favour and maybe persuade someone else to give Dooyoo a try.
Dooyoo is a website that offers consumers reviews of products and services written by people that have already used them. Now that's a very simplistic view of the site, and it's not just reviews of products that you'll find, in fact there are a vast range of subjects covered including some debate and advice topics. I'm now going to look at Dooyoo from three perspectives :
~~~What is Dooyoo?~~~
The Consumer Resource
The Moneymaking Site
~~~The website~~~The website has a very simple, clean feel to it, being mainly white in colour with green and black highlighting, and very importantly works equally well when using Internet Explorer, Netscape or Firefox.
When first entering the site, the home page is very clearly set out and features links to the most popular categories, along with a search bar and links to join or log into Dooyoo. You will also find links to the help pages and a chance to take a "quick tour" on the home page.I do occasionally have problems with the speed of the site, it seems very slow even on a 1MB broadband connection, and when using IE I get lots of pop-up ads, so you might want to use an ad blocker.
Not from the UK? Well never fear, along the bottom of the page are links to various international sites.~~~Searching for an Item?~~~
The search bar is placed on the left hand side of the screen, and allows you to search for a product, price or user. Now I must say here that it's not the most efficient search engine and I regularly end up with a over the top number of results many of which are irrelevant. Not only this but I often have to go through several pages of results before I find the product I'm looking for, which is a bit of a let down.~~~The Opinions~~~
Once you've found the product that you are looking for information about, you can click on it and you will be forwarded to page that contains more information about it. Here you may find a picture of the product, an overall rating and links to five of the "most useful" opinions on it.The usefulness of an opinion has been rated by other members of the Dooyoo community (more about that later) and you will find that they are either Very Useful (VU), Useful (U), Somewhat Useful (SU) or Not Useful (NU). Obviously, you won't find anything all that helpful in those rated NU, but you may find a useful snippet in the SU review, so don't write them off. The VU and U opinions have been deemed to be helpful in making a purchase, and these are the ones that you should look at when making that all important purchasing decision.
Now while I've found some reviews that have been rated VU to be just that, I have found that there seems to be a lot of over rating.
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