Something I read last night really annoyed me and I want to talk about it. I saw a post calling tool reviewers that are not contractors, plumbers, electricians, etc. or even reviewers that are in those fields but don’t post photos/videos of the tools in action on their jobs hacks and it really pissed me off. .
The beauty of the internet is that anyone can give their opinion on something whether they like it or hate it. Anyone can go to a store, pickup a product, use it, and give a review on it whether they used it once or they use it every day. Hell most online stores send out an email after you purchase something asking you to review it. Amazon is full of reviews from people that used the product once or twice and never needed it again. Most of us still look at the reviews before buying the item. .
I’m not a contractor, electrician, plumber, etc. nor do I pretend to be. I’m just a guy who spent a few years selling tools, has bought a decent amount of tools, and uses them to do projects around the house or help friends and family in his free time. I spend a few hours on most reviews by the time I’ve typed them up, checked spelling, grammar, and specs, and resized the photos. That’s one of the reasons I’ve slowed down writing full reviews lately and stuck to Instagram. .
I sure as hell don’t make any money from reviewing tools. I don’t have 100,000 followers or even 1,000. Tool companies are not chomping at the bit to send me there newest tools to try out and review. I don’t have contacts at the tool companies all of my questions go through contact forms on the companies websites and I have to hope I hear back. I have to pick and choose what newly released tools I can afford to buy to review and have to base that decision on whether it’s something I can use and not just something I think is cool. I have a running list currently of about $4,500 worth of tools I could use. Some are new releases and some are from 2015/2016. I don’t have that kind of disposable income to buy them all at once. It will likely be months if not years before I have most of those items. (Continued in comments)
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