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      29.11.2011 00:25

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      Sharps bespoke bedroom furniture are amazing value and so easy to get really excellent fitted wardrobes.Good brochure, help in shop and really helpful agent who planned the whole thing, superb fitted wardrobes and matching bedside cabinets and dressing table. Wall knocked down to enlarge room and they were able to fit new doors to exisiting wardrobe in that room.Wardrobes arrived when they said and the fitted on time and all fitted in one day, he left everything clean and rubbish altogehter for disposal.Highly recommended

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      06.12.2008 14:30
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      how to write a good shopping review

      As the co shopping guide I thought I should let you all know what I like to see when reading all your shopping reviews.
      Now as a guide I am required to read ALL the reviews in the shopping category. This is no easy task when some members post twenty reviews in my category in the space of half an hour. This brings my brain to mush and distracts me from finding the hidden gems of reviews hiding between all the churn.

      I'm going to base this review on some Do's and Don'ts of what I look for when I am reading the shopping reviews.

      ** Do **

      - Do make sure you have actually purchased something from the shop you're reviewing. Since I have been the guide for this category I have become used to spotting which members are writing about a shop when they haven't been in it let alone purchased something from it.

      - Do make sure you are giving me your opinion on the whole experience of the shop, instead of just giving us the history of the shop and what you can buy in there. I need to know how the experience was from start to finish as well as knowing what I can expect to buy.

      - Do tell me how easy it was to buy or order something. If the shop is online then how easy it is to make your order and how quickly the delivery was, is very important to consumers wanting to buy that last minute present.

      - Do tell me if you can get discounts for buying more than one item at a time. For example when you shop online you can often get better offers than when you shop in store, and there are always postage discounts to be found if you look.

      ** Don't **

      - Don't just give me the fact of a shop as I think by now we all know what a shop such as Sainsbury's sell, but we need to know what you think about it as well.

      - Don't give me loads of prices for different items in the shop; just a guideline will be fine as prices change all the time.

      - Don't make all your shopping reviews follow the same template. A review about a supermarket will not be anywhere near the same as a review about a clothing store.

      - Don't cram all the information into the minimum 150 words as I know you probably haven't even shopped there when I see these reviews.


      The above are just a few pointers to hopefully get you started if you're stuck on what to put in your shopping review.
      Shopping reviews are very important on this site as consumers need to know where they can go to get a good deal, and also where they know they'll get good customer service.
      If you are writing a bad review, state why it was bad, but remember not everyone will have the same experience as you, and you may have just been unlucky as we all have at times.

      Enjoy the shopping and telling us about your experiences.

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        26.10.2008 22:26
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        Shopping reviews.

        When I read a shopping review there are a few things that I want to find out about a retailer that are important to me. The first one is quite difficult for some people to include in their review because I really want to know about how the company deals with complaints and in particular returned items as this may be something that we all could experience however most people will write a review of either an online or offline retailer without having needed to make a complaint. This does not mean that I want to read about those nightmare one off experiences where everything went wrong as those are often written in the heat of the moment when the blood is boiling and as such turn into a rant.

        The level of service are important to me particularly with an offline store and I want to know about any technical advice staff are able to offer a prospective purchaser.

        With an online shopping review then it is the ease of navigation around the site and the level of securty in place when it comes to handing over your payment details that are important to me as you want to be sure that five minutes after making your purchase your card is not being cloned and buying some bloke in Hong Kong a new wardrobe and stereo system.

        Naturally some comment on the range of products on offer, their relative quality and the competitiveness of the retailer on price are also relevant factors to be built into a review.

        In clde all of that and you are pretty much guaranteed a good number of VU ratings on the site and maybe even a crown if you attract enough nominations.

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        10.08.2008 12:06
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        Just some thoughts and advice.

        Shopping reviews could be considered both the bane and joy of my dooyoo life. As Shopping Guide I have sifted through hundreds, perhaps even thousands of reviews. They can range from the "Argos, it is great [insert 150 words of filler] The End" reviews to the "I went to Poundland and it was two hundred and eight steps from my front door, I got the number ten bus..." epic reviews. Both these extremes are as bad as each other in my opinion and the good review will not be at either ends of these scales.

        However, among the increasing amount of reviews that fit the above model there are some good reviews to be found. The Shopping category is one of the most heavily populated on dooyoo and there are several good writers out there whose opinion I really enjoy. You will know if I found your review exceptional because I will tell you so and if you get a Very Useful from me then your review has covered the majority of the things I would need to know. No one can cover everything in a review and my first piece of advice would be not to try to. Too many members become hung up on describing everything for every potential consumer. This is the way to madness people!

        In order to write a good Shopping review I would firstly try and dispel any thoughts of potential ratings. If you are not a parent why on earth are you going into detail on the Parent and Child changing facilities? Mention they are there, say you have no need to use them and move on. Trying to fit some sort of ideal review template is not the best way to make a review flow and it is easy to read between the lines and see that you have not really used the facilities.

        So, ideal review template binned? Check. Next thing I think of is what category I am writing in. There is obviously a big difference between online and offline shops and even within these sub categories there are differences. Think about your experience with the shop or centre you are describing and what you consider important.

        A good example of this is when you are supermarket shopping. For me it is important that the store has an easy to follow layout, things are easy to find, their is plenty of variety and the price is competitive. I like to be able to push my trolley around without needing the strength of Atlas and I like to see plenty of staff milling about in case I have any questions. All these things would go into any review of the supermarket I decided to write. You might include some of these but may have considerations of your own such as toilet facilities or how good they are at the checkout. This does not make your review any less valid than mine and in fact you are more likely to get a VU from me for approaching your review in a way I had not though of. Remember my considerations as a consumer will not be the same as yours, as long as you are speaking from experience you cannot go wrong.

        Talking of experience, one thing I do not need to read about in a shopping review is lists upon lists of opening times, prices and customer service numbers. If you really feel that any of these things are of use then shove them at the bottom were I can ignore them. After all details such as these are nothing I cannot find on a shops front door or their website. Tell me about the customer service good or bad, I don't need a run down of what the sexy lad in aisle nine was wearing.

        This brings me onto length (oo er). Size is not everything you know. I have read crown worthy reviews that are 1700 words and other reviews that are 700 words that are just as crown worthy. It is not the size but what you do with it! If you can write a short review that includes everything you think it needs to then great, if you have more to say then just as great as far as I am concerned. There is no such thing as an optimal length for a review but I would say you will find it hard to do a huge shopping centre justice in 150 words and likewise do you really need to wax lyrical for 500 about the toilets in Ikea before you have told me how cheap the wardrobes are? Keep your information consumer focused, pertinent and stay away from ranting about the latest political crisis. I will appreciate it if you tell me the petrol is cheap in Asda, I won't if you tell me it is dear because of the policies of the British government and rising oil prices in the Middle East! That is what Speakers Corner is for.

        I have spoken already about the different sub categories needing a different approach I would say this is true but don't be scared off by a different category. Members are often put of by an online shopping review believing it needs special consideration. However, for those who find it difficult to write about website layout etc why not think of it in the same way as if you are writing in the offline category? After all shopping virtually has many of the same considerations. Is your item easy to find? Can you pay for it easily? Is it easy to find help if you become lost or need customer services? If you apply the same thought process to online shopping as you do to offline you will find that you have soon got to grips with how cluttered a front page is and whether a site accepts paypal or not. If you ordered from Argos and opted for delivery you would write about whether it arrived on time and how cheap it was. Online shopping is no different really.

        Before you start losing the will to live perhaps I should start to wrap things up with a quick plug for the dooyoo community Guides. If you are finding it difficult to write in any category we are here to help and will not bite you head off for asking any question no matter how daft you think it is. As the co-shopping Guide I am woefully underused and would for members with any doubts or queries to contact me. Remember whatever your reviews rating as long as you write your experience you are helping fellow consumers and members. Have a read of what others have written in the category for inspiration but remember their reviews are not necessarily better than yours just different. There is no one correct reviewing style and you will not be punished for developing your own. In fact I for one will applaud you.

        So, go on get writing. I look forward to reading your wonderful reviews in the shopping category.

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          16.04.2008 08:08
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          Is it cholestrol good

          Workout could boost good cholesterol in your body.Longer workouts that last more than an hour couls boost your good cholesterol based on my research to ten of my friends.Fatty substance in human and animal are called cholesterol.At least 80% of our cholesterol are manufactured by our liver.The other are from the food that we take.There are two types of cholesterol - good and bad. While too much bad cholesterol can cause heart disease, good cholesterol helps to remove bad cholesterol from the walls of arteries and transports it to the liver for elimination.
          Unlike low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol, a rise in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol is considered positive for heart health.At least two hours per week of aerobic exercise such as walking, biking, or swimming, preferably in sessions lasting for more than half an hour, may boost the good cholesterol, said new research review published in the Japanese Archives of Internal Medicine.
          However, the review added that brief bouts of exercise might not be that helpful.Satoru Kodama and other researchers at the University of Tokyo pooled data from 25 studies on aerobic exercise and HDL cholesterol. Together, the studies included some 1,400 adults, some of whom were assigned to get aerobic exercise for at least eight weeks. The participants were not asked to diet.On an average, the participants worked out nearly four times per week, with each workout lasting for about 40 minutes.Participants who got at least two hours per week of aerobic exercise had a modest rise in their good cholesterol level, reported health portal WebMD.Based on other research, the reviewers estimate that the gains in HDL cholesterol levels translate to a 5 percent drop in men's heart disease risk and more than a 7 percent drop in women's heart disease risk.This is potentially of substantial importance in public health,said the researchers. However, they added that the benefit from exercise might be less than that from drugs that boost HDL cholesterol.thats all about my review based on my reseach and other.

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            02.05.2002 18:45
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            Just imagine that you're having a chat to a friend. "Have you been into that new shop in the High Street?" Well, your reply is going to be the sort of thing that people will want to read in a Shopping Opinion. The first point that you're likely to talk about is what the shop sells. This doesn't need to be an item-by-item description, but the sort of broad summary you would give your friend. "They have a brilliant range of sports clothing but they don't have very much in the way of trainers" or "They have newspapers, sweets, greetings cards and even a few basic groceries". I'm always surprised when I read Shopping opinions and when I've finished I'm not really certain what it is the shop sells! What would you talk about next? Well, I'd probably want to know about the feel of the shop. Is it pleasantly laid out so that it's easy to find what you want, or do you get the feeling that you're in a jumble sale rummage? Is there loud music playing? Is it brightly lit or is there strobe lighting, which some people don't like? What I don't need to know is that when you go into Tesco the Fruit and Veg is on the left and Customer Services is on the right. If it's a chain of shops each one is likely to be different and these are the obvious things that you'll see for yourself as soon as you've negotiated the automatic doors. The precise positioning of the bananas is not the sort of thing that makes up your mind as to whether or not you want to go to a shop. This might be a reasonable time, though, to mention if there's any problem for disabled people, such as limited parking nearby or steps to be negotiated. I'd probably talk about quality and prices together. "The dresses are beautifully made, but cost around £50 to £75" tells me more about the shop than "you need to take out a mortgage before you go" because what is ex
            pensive to me might not be expensive to you, or vice-versa. If it's cheap, is it cheap and cheerful or cheap and nasty? Sometimes you shop for goods that you don't need to last for ever, but is it value for money? If the shop sells branded goods, say CDs or washing machines, a price comparison is useful. Are they available more cheaply elsewhere or do the prices seem reasonable? It's always useful to know about stock levels. Does the shop run out of popular items? There's a chemist in a town near to me who waits to run out of certain things before he reorders. That's worth knowing so that you can ring up before you waste a journey. It's even more useful if you provide a phone number! Is it the sort of shop that buys a job lot of something and once they've sold them there won't be any more? I like to know about the customer service too. Are the staff generally pleasant and able to help or do they seem harried and uninterested? Yes, I know you can get someone who's having a bad day, but it will generally be obvious if someone is out of kilter with the rest of the staff or if they're all waiting for an opportunity to knife the owner in the back. What's the policy on returns? Are they helpful if the toaster turns out to be faulty or do they do their best to make you feel that it's not worth taking something back? Will they do an exchange if you get the skirt home and it doesn't fit? Will they refund your money? Money, ah, yes, money. It's always good to know which pieces of plastic will be accepted. There's nothing more embarrassing than buying lots of things in a shop and then finding that they like cash, might stretch to a cheque but won't entertain the only means of payment which you have with you, namely your credit card. A lot of shops these days have a web site. If you're suggesting an item to dooyoo that you'd like included on the site
            please say if you can find a web site. It does make the category manager's job much easier. It's also worth mentioning the address in your opinion with brief details of what's on the site. Millions of people are now shopping online for all sorts of things. If you're reviewing an online shop many of the points which we've covered for the High Street shop will also be relevant, but there are additional points to consider. Let's have another chat with our friend. If you asked your friend -about 'whatascam.com' what would you want to hear about? Would you be riveted by the description of the interesting black on white colour scheme and the fact that the navigation bars are on the left? Or would you want to talk about something that wouldn't be immediately evident as soon as you logged on to the site? I'd want to know if the navigation was simple ? would I be able to find my way around easily. I'd want to know too if there were problems, such as the major supermarket that, the last time I looked, had items on their homepage which led you up a blind alley. Speed of loading is useful to know too. For those people who pay for their net access by the minute the fact that pages take an age to load can be very relevant. A lot of people worry about security when buying over the internet and it's something I'd always ask about although I must confess that some of the finer details go over my head. Most importantly, I'd want to know if there didn't appear to be any! I'd also want to know if there wasn't a physical address for the retailer. I'd want to know if the site is regularly updated. A popular wine retailer had, in April, an offer on its homepage which expired on 31 January 2002. There's the plant retailer, too, who currently tells you that it's too late to order plants for Mother's Day. That sort of thing tells me that a site isn't car
            ed for, isn't busy and can indicate that all is not well in other areas. The main difference between buying from the High Street shop and over the internet is that the goods have got to be sent to you and the costs of postage and packing can mean that what seems like a bargain when you look at the price isn't quite so good when you add on the P&P. Some sites charge an outrageous amount whilst others absorb the cost themselves. Worst of all some sites don't make the charge clear until you reach the checkout stage, so I'd be very grateful to someone who told me about it before I'd wasted time ordering something. Delivery times are important too, along with the convenience of the delivery. Does "immediately available" actually mean "it will be available immediately we get some in stock but we'll still charge your credit card today"? Certain sites are notorious for saying that they have goods in stock when they haven't. Did you have difficulty arranging to get the parcel delivered to your home at a convenient time? I know this is down to the carrier, but it's the retailer who chooses which carrier to use, not the other way round. There are one or two other things which it would be useful to know. If necessary can you telephone someone? Is an e mail address given? I'm always reluctant to deal with any site which doesn't allow me any contact other than to place an order. What do you do if things go wrong? It's always disheartening to have to return goods (possibly at your own expense?) and worst of all is the worry that you're going to have difficulty in getting your money back. If you've returned goods you'll be able to speak about this from first-hand experience, but if not, some indication of the returns policy (or lack of it!) on the site is going to help me to decide whether or not I want to take the risk. In everything I've said her
            e I've assumed that you've read the general advice on writing opinions, which you'll find at Home > Internet > Information > Reference > dooyoo.co.uk > Tips on writing good opinions > The site in general. You have read some of the opinions there, haven't you? Good. There's only two other points I'd like to make. The first is that I'd expect my friend to tell me if he was in any way involved with that new shop in the High Street or with whatascam.com. I'd also expect him to tell me if he was involved with a competitor. I'd still be interested in what he had to say, but I'd like to know if he had a personal bias. The final point is that what really interests me is your opinion - your views on your experiences with a particular retailer. Yes, facts are necessary, but what I really want to know is what you thought about them, how they affected you. Details and information have never been as freely available as they are now, but good, honest opinion is still rare.

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