Just to be crystal clear, we're not actually selling anything ourselves. We're merely bringing together a basket of retailers' offers in one place on the website so it's easier for users to shop around and find good deals.
SB, I thought exactly the same as you. No objection from me in principle even if WHF did get a per-click fee or a percentage of each sale, but it would need highlighting very clearly. Martin Lewis' moneysavings site does this well, IMO.
More fundamentally, I think showing '5 star' items only is not a good idea (accepting this is beta) because the implication is 4 stars isn't up to snuff, which we all know plainly is not the case. And if money is involved, it could certainly be preceived as likely to influence awarding more stars to obvious money spinners - say the next Touch or Sonos item.
I'm sure Andy Clough will clarify this. And three cheers for letting us have first dibs on the beta!
Yes, we get a per-click fee. As Andrew says, the site is free to users so we need to pay for it somehow.
Re 5-star reviews being highlighted, don't forget that any product for sale on the site that's been reviewed by us (5-star or otherwise) will include a link to the original review. We did look at including 4-star reviews on the Homepage as well, but for technical reasons it was easier to stick to just 5-star products to begin with. But that's something we can revise if we need to.
And as Andrew says, as with the magazine, the shopping site will have no influence whatsoever on reviews. There are a large number of products for sale which we've never reviewed – and probably never will – and the retailers supply is with feeds for the products they supply, so what they sell is up to them, not us.
Andy Clough is Brand Editor of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision and whathifi.com
Just something on usabliity - on searching through a list of 32in TVs just now, if you clck on a product and then try to go back to the list, using either the back arrow in the top left corner or return to search button, it takes you back to the very first page of the list every time, not to the page you navigated from. Quite annoying.
Keep the feedback coming folks, all useful and much appreciated.
The system's been serving a beta version of 'Latest Offers' on the bottom of reviews for a while now.
My experience is that many of the beta latest offers are NOT for the product that is reviewed.
Apple Lossless - ATV3 - AVI ADM 40 also ATV3 into AVI ADM 9T [my wife's system]
and Grado SR80i
The 'Latest Offers' won't always return offers on the specific product that's been reviewed as we can't always guarantee that our retail partners will stock it. So the system is designed to find an exact match if it can, but if not it then looks for something from the same brand/range, and if that fails it will look for other similar products. As more retail partners join in, we hope the matching between products and offers will get better.
The new shopping site has now gone live on the main website: the old 'Where to buy' tab at the top of each page has been replaced by 'Shop'. Just click on this and it will take you straight to the shopping site Homepage. From there, you can check out the latest bargains in each category, search for a product by star rating, brand or price and click through to our reviews on those products we've tested.
Have just been to your now non beta shopping site. When it was beta I said this:
Looks well. The front page does not fit fully on my 10" netbook, the far right prices are not fully shown yet there is spare room [blank space] over on the far left.
So nothing has changed for the better because the follow on pages [different categories] are now the same as the unsatisfactory front page.
I can understand if the pages are so full that they have to be extended to the right. But when there is spare space on the left why annoy people by partially hiding content on the right?
We're not promising to fix everything immediately All comments will be passed back to the developers, and they will work through them in order of priority. No website is ever 100% finished, there's always room for improvement.
A couple of comments from my end: When doing a shopping comparison search, I usually expect the results to be sorted by price (low to high). Or at least clearly labelled how the products are sorted (best sellers, best rated, etc). It would also nice to see the price of shipping including in the total price, so I don't have to do so many mental calculations!
There is a drop-down menu at the top of any search results page which allows you to sort the products by most popular, price low to high, price high to low, date on site - recent first, date on site - oldest first. You can also choose to display 10/20/50 or 100 products per page.
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