There are those though, who don't realise that there is a significant difference in the quality or performance and do little research, the same is true for cars, in fact for any consumer product. A large number of people simply do not realise that there are forums for just about everything.
It used to be that people would buy a good brand, for the advertised price, and it would last a lifetime, or at least many many years.
These days a lot of people are time poor. Technology is changing fast. It becomes obsolescent, and isn't cost effective to repair. So the temptation is to buy the cheapest, and move on to the next decision.
Just getting a landline connected these days is a "decision fest". Is that with a mobile phone? With cable broadband, ADSL, or a 3G (or 4G) USB device? A 24 month plan?
Getting the electricity connected at your new address? You could spend a whole afternoon researching your options.
I guess what I'm saying is that even if a person is aware of forums and review sites they may not feel they have the time to explore them. You'd think though, with a more expensive or significant purchase, people would find the time.
One relatively simple facet of life is going to the cinema (for those who go). I make it a habit to check out the reviews on http://www.rottentomatoes.com/
It takes very little time, and can help a great deal in choosing an appropriate movie.
Edited by MLXXX, 22 April 2012 - 12:05 PM.