Improving reviews by adding searchable field "Amount paid"

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Forum topic by dpoisson posted 06-16-2011 05:01 PM 975 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-16-2011 05:01 PM

Howdy, This is my second post in about a week in site feedback. Don’t think I’m one to complain for nothing though. If I didn’t use this site and didn’t come back to it all the time, I wouldn’t make suggestions to improve the site lol.

I’m a novice woodworker with almost no tools. I’m checking the reviews for bandsaws that are within my budget…however this is becoming a bit of a problem since I basically have to sequencially search every review to see how much someone paid for theirs. It’s nice for people that earn a couple of bucks through woodworking to be able to afford laguna or powermatic tools, but alas, these are out of my league and would probably just rust away in my garage…

When entering a review, it would be nice to have a textbox where someone could enter the price they paid for the tool (eg: 299$ for a ridgid bandsaw). A little modification to the search would allow me to say “search for bandsaw reviews that are no more expensive than 400$” for exemple.

This would work for all tools reviewed. If I’m in a market for a handheld sander < 50$, I want to see what people think is the best bang for my buck (which is why LJ has a reviews section in the first place, right?).




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#1 posted 06-17-2011 05:04 AM

Excellent idea! Reviewers, please consider posting the purchase price [in the title?]. eg $400 Grizzly bandsaw #go 12345…

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 06-17-2011 02:23 PM

The problem with posting the price in the title or description is that it’s not easily searchable.

If someone posted, as per your exemple: $400 Grizzly bandsaw #go 12345

There’s no way the computer will know to return that bandsaw in my search results if I said I didn’t want to pay more than 500$

That’s why a seperate field would be needed.


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#3 posted 06-17-2011 02:51 PM

Note: LJ is an international forum.
Therefore, pricing is relative to region and availability.

Just a thought…

Bro. Tenzin

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#4 posted 06-17-2011 02:56 PM

Hobo, That’s a good point. Which I hadn’t considered. Luckily though, computer languages usually provide ways to access locale information. One of the locale information is the monetary unit.

But, I do believe this would over-complicate the original idea. Plus, since the majority of users are in the USA, I would simply leave everything in USD.


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