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The MOT was due on my 15 year old Hyundai and as I was passing the above garage I asked if it could be done while I waited. It failed on a worn stabiliser link,that was where the strange clonk was coming from!! Amar the reception manager showed me the problem and gave me a price to fix it,two free coffees later the job was completed.Brake and Service World staff were very helpful and friendly and I would suggest to anyone they should give them a try.I have had them do servicing and tyres on the car before and will certainly use them again. The MOT was only £29.95 a bargain these days !
we had some electrical work done by mr brightstart. we were highly satisfied very efficient clean and tidy.would have him to do electrical work any time. also we would reccomend him to anyone who wanted an electrician. reasonably priced. also quick to respond for an estimate.
Review of Samuel David Hairdressing, Westbury on Trym branch, Bristol - I went there for the first time yesterday and was very impressed with the work of senior stylist, Mel, who took the time to discuss exactly the cut and colouring I wanted. I was very pleased with the outcome and the care both she and her colleague took. It has been far too long since I had my hair professionally coloured and I will certainly now continue to keep up the good work. I would recommend this salon. I expected the Qype site to be more specific to this salon so I hope this review manages to get through to the people concerned. Also the way one HAS to provide a summary, advantages and disadvantages is unnecessary. THe site, however, has nothing to do with the salon itself so I shall add the price was quoted to me before the colouring began so no shock there - parking was easy provided the appointment is not for more than 3 hours! Thanks again for the hard work. Jean Foster
Qype is a European review site with 1000's of members and 1000's of reviews for cities all over Europe with reviews of all sorts of venues, shops and restaurants in every city. Members can join and post reviews on businesses and venues on whatever they like. Anyone can view reviews all over the world.
Every review has a description and location of the reviewed venue, as well as a map of where it is. Then come the reviews of the venue, which contains the user content, a 1-5 star rating, and tags of the venue. You can also upload any pictures of the venue you have got, and now any videos you can link to that are on Youtube. Qype also gives you recommendations that are similar to the venue or local to it, on the page for the venue you're on.
In my city Southampton, there are about 15 regular reviewers mainly writing reviews about shops, restaurants, and bars. There are reviews available for almost everything in the city centre and also for loads of stuff on the outskirts, so a pretty good spread of reviews.
Qype have special levels of membership for their members. The Qype Ninja is the best level and you used to get used an extra special ninja gift pack when you got there. Qype also have competitions every so often for posting a set number of reviews, it's been amazon and virgin vouchers in the past.
I like using Qype its not clunky and old looking, its fresh and easy to use and a decent resource!
Only at certain times do I find my self reviewing on here. At special times the website has offers on for writing reviews on the website.Recently it happened with their IWOOT 20 pound voucher for 40 reviews offer few months back.Other generous offers from Qype has included a 50 pound Amazon voucher for writing 50 reviews on their website. That was the best offer I had ever seen any website give as it was one pound for writing one review on the website!
Qype has had good offers on and has all paid out on time to. They let a certain amount of people take part in the offers before letting them finish it. I was given my Amazon voucher in November last year on time and also my IWoot voucher came to me on time earlier this year so they do pay out well on time.
Reviewers on the website write good reviews so you know exactly about the places you might go to later. You are not paid for each review apart from special promotions.They used to have special offers such as ninja gifts for becoming a insider on the website. No longer they offer this reward which used to include a free Ipod shuffle to. Qype is only the right place to write on when a promotion is on.
The Duke's Head at Heath and Reach near Leighton Buzzard is back in business! I ate there last night (8 Nov) and had a really enjoyable, well cooked meal. A simple starter of Sate Chicken and Won Tun soup prompted me to stay for their Kong Shau Chicken and Coconut Rice and this really was a treat! I finished off with their Toffee Banana and Ice Cream and I have to say everything was so much better than I expected I felt I had to write this note. Give them a try - you wont be dissapointed. Highlights for me were the Sate Chicken - succulent and tender and plenty of it - the Kong Shau Chiken - which so just so tasty and the Ice Cream I had with my pud - which was a big surprise and an absolute delight. The staff were so friendly and the welcome so genuinely warm that I can strongly recommend the place to anyone.
Qype was founded in November of 2005 and since then has gone on to become the largest user-generated local review site in Europe.
The company was founded in Hamburg, Germany by Stephan Uhrenbacher, an internet entrepreneur who was having a hard time finding a local kindergarten for his son. Reasoning that most people value personal recommendations when it comes to something like child care Stephan decided to build a community where people could relate their experiences, swap stories and give feedback on every aspect of their everyday lives.
Being a business traveller Stephan was beginning to see the advantages of having a network of trusted reviews and recommendations at your fingertips when visiting new cities.
What is it
Qype hosts an online database of user-generated reviews of local businesses in Europe. Users can add new places to the database, upload photos, review places. Qype has a wide-ranging category system listing everything you could think of includings clubs, bars days out as well as upcoming events. Within this category structure all places are listed in rank-order, with the ranking being based on user rankings. Selected reviews are also presented in the weekly Qype newsletter and certain member feature in the newsletter too.
Qype's features include:
Tagging other members' reviews as "helpful" or "well written"
User-created city guides
Google Maps display of other venues in the vicinity
A comprehensive European events database
Becoming a Ninja
I Joined Qype back in June 2008 and it has changed a lot since then. When I began writing reviews you earnt points and got goodie bags at 250 points and became an insider then at 500 points an other goodie bag. The aim was to become a Qype Ninji with 1000 and you would be rewarded with an I pod shuffle, champagne and a Ninja soft toy. I thought this was too good to be true but signed up wrote my little socks off and with in a few weeks became and Ninja and waited for my goodies, I waited and waited and nothing came. When I chased it up I was told some random story about the delay on the Ninja is customs or something similar ridiclous and figured I'd wasted my time and I wouldn't be rewarded. But thankfully I was proved wrong the story must have been true and a few weeks later all my goodies turned up at once including sweets, mug, frisbee, bag, t shirt, usb storage thingy, I pod shuffle, small bottle of champgane and my Ninja. I was over the moon and very impressed with my haul. I decided to share my finding on the MSE forum so others could take advantage of this amazing offer. It made the MSE weekly newletter and got Qype a lot of free advertising and new members and lots of people earned I pod shuffles so win/win situation.
Once you completed Ninja statues there wasn't a lot of incentive for writing more you wouldn't be rewarded so I stopped writing much although they did run the odd competition. But next came Qype's new offer a £50 amazon vouchers for writing 50 reviews. Again I wrote and wrote and was rewarded with my £50.
Now Qype has had a face lift the site has changed, the logo has changed, no more goody boxes but from time to time they run new promotions to write x amount of review and we will reward you with a voucher for x amount. The last one was 40 reviews for a £20 IWOOT vouchers. You need to sign up quick for these offers as places are limited and make sure your follow the terms and conditions to ensure all your review are accepted.
The following rules apply to the reviews:
a) reviews must pertain to the service provider / event which is to be reviewed;
b) reviews must correspond with reality;
c) reviews must be factual and accurate;
d) only places, services or events may be reviewed which are possible to seek out;
e) negative reviews are permitted but they must be expressed in terms of fact;
f) no derogatory tags may be used;
g) contents which have been initiated by service providers/company owners themselves are only permitted as self-expression;
h) persons who are either related to or are a co-worker of a service provider may only evaluate the corresponding company if they publicise this relationship.
i) the stating of email addresses, URLs or telephone numbers for advertising purposes is not allowed;
j) straightforward advertisements (concealed or open) are not permitted;
k) rumours, contents based upon rumour, or the unconfirmed statements of other persons are not permitted;
l) any branch of a company may only be stated as a location on Qype once.
Qype is authorized to block reviews which you have posted in Qype if justified suspicion should exist on the basis of specific evidence that the legal requirements of these conditions of use have been contravened. Qype reserves the right to check and if possible delete reviews which you have posted in Qype.
I am fond of Qype and find the site easy to use, I've used the forum area and most members are helpful and friendly of course not everyone is but you'll get that everywhere. I like that you can list up coming events and members can say if they are attending or not. Also I like that fact member can upload their own photo's of places often Ninja toys pop up in very funny locations. Qype also host member parties from time to time but I can't comment on these as i've never attended. I do limit writing my reviews nows for promotions time as I like to be rewarded for my effort of reviewing as other site pay for reviews. I would recommend joining and looking out for the lastest promotions in the newsletter sent so you can be rewarded for writing i'm sure it wont be too long before they run another one.
Qype is a review-based social-networking site. It is free to join and I found that the registration process was quick and easy. You can create a profile and advertise links to your own blog or website on your profile if you like, and I think is an added bonus of being a member.
Once you've joined, you can write reviews about any place or service you have used or visited in the UK. You can review cinemas, theatres, museums, shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs for example. I was pleasantly surprised to find that you can also review schools, libraries, local shops and other public services. In fact, I could go on forever about the amount of different categories you could review!
Using the Qype website also means that you have access to reviews created by registered Qype users. I find that these reviews can offer useful insights, because they are based on people's individual experiences of a place or service. I find that there is a nice community feel about this website too.
You don't get paid for posting individual review and you don't get paid if people read or rate your reviews either. Sometimes however, Qype offer incentives to their members for posting a certain number of reviews in within a particular deadline. During December 2008, Qype offered £50 Amazon vouchers to 1000 subscribed Qype members, as long as each member wrote 50 reviews of places or services that hadn't been reviewed before. Each review had to be original (and not cross-posted from other review sites) and at least 100 words long. I didn't have time to do this Qype Challenge as I was so busy, but I know a lot of people worked hard to complete this Challenge before the deadline and got their £50 Amazon voucher code delivered straight into their inboxes.
Fortunately for me, I kept checking up on the Qype website in January to see if they offer similar incentives and low and behold, they did! The same rules applied as before, but this time successful Qypers would receive a £50 Virgin voucher. I did work really hard to get that voucher. I received it through the post by recorded delivery in the middle of March. It was a little later than I expected, but I was happy to finally receive the fruits of my labours!
I therefore only write reviews for Qype when there are incentives involved. I have just finished completing the latest Challenge which was to write 40 reviews (again, not cross-posted from other review sites), each up to 50 words long by 2nd June. In return for my efforts, I will receive a £20 Iwoot voucher. I found that this Challenge was a lot easier to do, because of the lower word count for a start! There is a limited number of people who can subscribe to this Challenge, so I don't know if people can still qualify for it now. It's worth checking though. Here's the URL for anyone who is interested:
Even if you are not able to subscribe to this particular Challenge, I still think it is worth being a Qype member anyway. As a Qype member, I receive regular e-newsletters, which will tell you ASAP when a new Challenge is available.
© This is entirely my own work. Also posted under the user name dnl05 on Ciao UK
After becoming quite a fan of Dooyoo and the whole review writing phenomenon, it wasn't long before I found out about Qype. The site has a similar concept to Dooyoo, but members write reviews purely on places they visit, such as shops, restaurants, hairdressers, museums, even events, but in any location. This means that there may be multiple reviews for different branches of a brand, so that you can find out whether Zizzi's in Portsmouth is worth a visit, or how big Topshop in Derby is. You gain points for each review you write, 8 for a standard review and 20 for reviewing a place for the first time. You also get various amounts of points for adding photos, creating events, inviting friends and attaching videos. After gaining a certain amount of points, you can reach Insider or Ninja status, meaning prizes and recognition if you are a significant contributor to the site.
I first heard about Qype via Money Saving Expert, and at the time there was just the promotion where you could get a free iPod shuffle as well as other goodies after reaching Ninja status. I did write a few reviews, but this then petered out as I realised how much work it would be. Then they had their Amazon voucher promotion where you had to write 50 reviews, all decent of at least 100 words in length, to gain a £50 Amazon voucher. This really appealed to me at the time, as I could add it to my Dooyoo vouchers and end up with quite a significant amount. So I started reviewing away, basically racking my brains to review everywhere I have ever visited, quite easy as I have lived in London and Nottingham, so there was no shortage. It was also quite easy to add new places to review, no lengthy suggestions process a la Dooyoo, so I added my hairdressers, a few cafes and ended up with quite a few extra points for first reviews. Over the course of a few days, I'd done slightly over the required amount, just in case a few of them didn't make the cut, and waited patiently. Soon enough I'd received e-mail confirmation that I'd be getting a voucher and roughly 10 days later, I received a voucher by e-mail. Another advantage of completing the promotion was that I'd reached Ninja status, so I was eligible for the iPod shuffle, t-shirt, USB, sweets and plush mini-Ninja toy. Not bad for a few days work. This took a lot longer to receive, maybe around a month and a half, but just before it did, I received e-mail confirmation so I knew roughly when to expect it. I was pretty pleased that they kept up their side of the bargain, when other freebie sites aren't so honest. I feel that Qype is a friendly, light-hearted kind of company, I get a few weekly emails from them, but they are always written in a down-to-earth way and are informative enough to keep me going back to the site.
I still visit Qype, eagerly waiting for details of their next offer, but also to check out local cafes and places to eat. I don't really post, unless I feel I need to add my opinion, but I like the fact that you can read opinions from 'normal' people and not some hard-nosed restaurant critic. It's useful if you are perhaps new to a city, and don't yet have local knowledge, and people tag keywords to places such as 'cheap', 'Chinese' or ;'tasty', so you can quickly find what you are looking for. I find that most of the reviews are to the point, and not as wordy as Dooyoo reviews, which I think is necessary in this situation. You can find out about a chain on Dooyoo, then search on Qype for the edited local version. I like the fact that you can review events as well, and find out what other people think, such as a vintage sale that recently happened in London. You can also post your own photos at these places to add a personal slant. They are also an international company, so if you're off to Europe on holiday, you can check out places to eat recommended by locals (there tends to be a mixture of reviews in English and other languages).
There is also a strong community feel on Qype, and they regularly arrange meet-ups, such as ice-skating at the Natural History museum. I'm probably a bit sceptical of these events, but at least it puts a human face to the company, making it seem more accessible. There are also forums, so you can find out how people are progressing with challenges and the admins are quite visible in these forums and quite quick to answer any questions or queries. I feel that Qype has something worthwhile to offer, compared to other review sites, and I like the feeling that you are recommended places by real, unbiased people. I will definitely keep visiting. I'm hoping that they have another promotion soon, as I'm saving up places to review for this reason, they recently had a Virgin vouchers promotion that didn't really appeal to me, I think an ongoing promotion would be a better idea. More Amazon vouchers would be great...
I had never heard of Qype until i saw somebody mention it on the Money saving Expert website in November 2008. They had a brilliant offer on where you write 50 reviews and get £50 back in Amazon vouchers, also if you make it to Ninja status you received a free ipod nano. So i decided to register and see what it was all about!
So what is Qype?
Qype is just like Dooyoo really, but you can review local places near you which you like and receive points for doing so. You receive 8 points for a place that has been reviewed already, and 20 points if the place hasn't been reviewed yet. I believe you can also get extra points if you recommended new place, uploading pictures of the location or adding videos.
How easy is it to review places near you?
I found is very easy to review my local town centre, lots of shops and attractions were already on there, and to earn the points you only needed to write 100 words for it to qualify, which was very very easy, but not as fun as writing reviews on Dooyoo. You could review anything and everything, local taxi companies, your local clubs, bars, and even places you have been abroad.
The rewards and challenges..
I didn't take up the Amazon challenge last year because i didn't have the time to write the reviews, but i recently signed up to the Virgin offer. You needed to write 50 new reviews or 100 reviews of places which have already been reviewed.
To make sure you're in the challenge you needed to click the link on the website, then you should receive an email saying you're in. Once you get going, and hit the half way mark you will receive another email saying your half way there, which was very exciting. Once i got half way i struggled a little bit with my reviews, i had run out of places to review which were local to me, so i started reviewing places i had been on holiday in America.
3 days later i hit the 50 mark and i received an email a few hours later to say i had completed the email and once my reviews had been checked i would receive my voucher at the beginning of February.
Last week i received my voucher and now i'm looking at how to spend it.
How easy is it to use the website?
VERY. I found it very easy to navigate around the site, searching for places or services near you. I have just now logged on to Qype and the site has all changed, for the better. Lots of new features, which make the site very funky.
This site is great. It has some unbelievable challenges but you have to be quick when these come around, they go very quickly. Dooyoo is still my no1, but the Qype rewards are worth participating in the challenge.
A friend emailed me a link to this site last year with the promise of a free ipod! I had a quick look and thought it seemed like a lot of work for a 1gb ipod which would only cost around £30 to buy. Still whilst I was on the site I searched for some local places to me and noticed that apart from the main city centre there was not much for my local town centre so I decided to join and add a few reviews for some of my favourite places.
Before I knew it I had reached 250 points and received an email to tell me a pack was on its way! Well, at this point I was a bit hooked and quickly made my way to Ninja status and was told me ipod was on its way. Sure enough less than a month after joining I received a parcel with an ipod, usb stick, cup, frisbee, tshirt, sweets and mini bottle of cava.
I then emailed the site on to a few friends and family members who went on to join and complete the challenge for an ipod, unfortunately for them it was also the time Qype launched an amazing amazon voucher promotion and because the site got so busy and so many people joined to take advantage of this offer the three people who did join, although they completed the ninja status in November have only just received their goodies.
I however, got the goodies very quickly and also completed the amazon promotion and got the voucher through well in time for Christmas. I have emailed Qype a few times and had a response back fairly quickly so for me personally I have no complaints.
I also completed a virgin voucher challenge last month and am currently waiting for the voucher to arrive.
As for the site, I visit at least once a week and add any reviews for anywhere I have visited that I had not before (but to be honest with the NInja, amazon and virgin promotions I have pretty much ran out of places to review!). I also enjoy reading other reviews, I would like to say I read a load but I must admit I just look for local things and read those.
I got an email today about the site starting to change and improve so hopefully it will be even better soon!
Qype is a review website, that started in 2005, it has grown quite a bit since then, but not more so that since November 2008.
I joined up in September 2008, when someone had posted on the freebies forum on the Money Saving Expert website about getting a free Ipod for writing reviews. I have to admit that there was no standard to these reviews at that time. I discovered this when I wrote beside a restaurant that had closed in my area, that "this restaurant is now closed, but it was very nice". Once I realised that I got points for this I was so impressed and I'm embarassed to say that i did a few more like this to get my points up. Within 2 weeks I had passed all the goodies levels and received all my goodies together, just a few weeks later. I was so impressed I told my sister about it, and she signed up too.
In November they started a new promotion and some new rules, stating that your reviews would have to consist of at least 100 words. The new promotion was to write 50 reviews and you'd earn a fifty pound voucher for Amazon, and right before Christmas too, it certainly got me hooked and my sister. We both received our vouchers, but she is still waiting for all of her goodies.
Qype is quite a good site but the standard in comparison to this site is quite a bit lower. They only review places, such as pubs, clubs, nurseries, hotels and many more. There are no incentives on at the moment for me, so I will wait until there is another promotion on and pick it up again.
Qype is probably the newest review sites around founded in November 2005. It is very different from Dooyoo but has points where it is better and worse than here.
I first found out about Qype like most people via Moneysavingexpert.com. The incentive to join was do 50 reviews and receive a £50 Amazon voucher. This was a lovely Christmas present and saved me another £50 my boyfriend present I bought from Amazon.
On Qype you don't review products like you do here on Dooyoo but local places and services to you. These can include Taxi services, gyms, shops, cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, etc.
The only catch was the reviews had to be 100 words long. Very, very easy to manage but because there is such a small word count you do have a lot of reviews stating the same dribble for each company, nothing distinguishing.
You also get points for each review you write, 8 points normally or 20 if it's a review for a place that no one else has reviewed first. You also get points for recommending a new place to Qype, uploading pictures of a place, or uploading videos. You will also get points for recommending a new member to Qype and an additional 25 points when that new member writes 10 reviews. So what do these points get you? To be frank... nothing.
Unless you signed up before midday on the 18th November 2008 and completed your reviews by the 31st December 2008 then you get nothing as a reward for getting to 500 points ( a Qype insider) or 1000points ( a Qype Ninja). The rewards before were for an insider a t-shirt, USB pen stick and some sweeties and for a ninja, an IPod shuffle and ninja doll/teddy.
Unfortunately I signed up after this deadline but receive my Amazon certificate promptly so I will vouch that they stick to their word.
There are no rewards for reading other's reviews and none of the community spirit here on Dooyoo.
Recently they launched another promotion, write 50 first reviews or 100 normal receive a £50 Virgin Gift voucher. Ok so Virgin is no where near as good as Amazon but it is still worth writing 100 words for a pound towards it. That is if you are lucky enough to live or be able to write about an area with not much posted on it already like I am.
After these promotions there is no incentive to keep writing so I shall be looking out for their next reward system.
The website is easy to navigate although when searching for places or services you must ensure everything is spelt correctly or nothing will show. There is no 'did you mean...?' facility which I think could be very helpful.
Overall this website is great to sign up to when the rewards are on but beware because the 500 limited spaces fill up quickly! But Dooyoo has a lot more staying power and much nicer community feeling.
Qype is a review website. The site is new it was launched November 2005 and has grown at an amazing rate. This I feel is due the amazing offers and promotions they have been running. I discovered the site back in December 2008 through the Martin Lewis Moneysaving expert site as Qype were running a promotion where if people joined the site and posted 50 reviews before a deadline (about 2 weeks) they would receive a £50 Amazon voucher and if they reached the right amount of point a ninja pack with an ipod and some other goodies! This offer was a bit risky as the site was new and there was not much to guarantee we would receive anything but the reward outweighed the risk for me.
Therefore, I set to writing the 50 required reviews. I soon discovered they were only requiring 100 words which made it much quicker and easier that Dooyoo and ciao also there was not any benefits for rating or reading other peoples reviews.
The site is easy to navigate you can search through areas and places; you can also search for say swimming pools or pubs and clubs. I found it very easy to write 50 reviews although it was tiring. There were loads of places on the site to review and the reviews were easy to write because of the lengths. I wrote a bit about the place, prices, then the rest was my opinion and whether there was parking or disabled access which filled about 150 words. After successfully completing 50 reviews, I received an e-mail confirming I had become a ninja and completed the challenge.
Then the waiting began I completed the challenge on the 15th December and waiting for my voucher and goodies to arrive. The voucher took a little while but arrived by e-mail in time to order some Christmas presents the other goodies and my ninja pack did not arrive until the 16th January. The goody pack contained a silver ipod, a USB stick, Qype t-shirt, sweets and a ninja teddy. These are good freebies. I have seen the ipods sell on e bay for about £25!
Qype have recently run another promotion. This one was not as good as the last one there are no goodies but if you write 50 first reviews on places that have not been reviewed before you will receive a £50 Virgin voucher. I have joined this challenge and completed it within 2 days with 50 first reviews. I received e mail throughout saying I was on the challenge, I had reached half way then I had completed the challenge. Since completing the challenge, I have received an e-mail stating the voucher will arrive in the post during the beginning of February.
It is very important to make sure you click the banner for the promotions other wise you will not get a reward. You also need to be patient and remember they will have many reviews to check. Try not to panic if they do not arrive when you expect, as they are not the fastest site.
I have read some other reviews on the site and at some point, they must have had an offer for if you write anything at all, as there are some two liners about places, which give no information and are a waste of space and time. They should take a hint from dooyoo and make it so it is not possible to post reviews under 100 words!
This site is one to watch it has taken off and will grow if it continues with the promotions although I think they might benefit from rewarding people with 50p a review like dooyoo as I wrote 50 for the first promotion and 50 for the second but there is no point in me writing any now as there is no reward for me.