Epinions is a site intended to help internet shoppers. Users can decide on products and where to buy them by reviewing the item’s profile on Epinions. The site shows the user the item specs and shows them the current price range for the item based on internet retailer listings. Users can also submit reviews and ratings for individual items to help others decide which product offers the best value. Epinions covers a large variety of products, ranging from cars, sports and office supplies to books, movies, music, computers, gifts, travel items, electronics, and home and garden items. Users can further narrow down their options using filters provided based on the specific item being viewed. The user can filter by brand, color, spec, seller, size and much more.
Epinions.com, a citizen journalism review site, was established in 1999, and was acquired by Dealtime.com in 2003. These days, Dealtime.com goes by the name Shopping.com. Finally, in 2005, it was acquired by eBay. In order pose general questions or to articulate any opinion about any product, in 2004, Epinions.com developed an message board for its community members. Initially, the site had an additional Eroyalties plan, but only in few years, the plan lost its relevance, and was halted. Within last few years, the site has undergone many radical changes, and today it offers a host of popular features and draws a wide amount of traffic.
The service offered by Epinions is something that has caught on. There are a number of alternative websites that offer the very same information. What makes Epinions a popular choice is the age of the site. Users have been visiting Epinions for years, and the site currently covers a huge and diverse collection of products. Users can find reviews and sellers for just about any product they could possibly want to buy online.
The Epinions website is not quite as elegant as some of the newer alternatives, but it offers a user friendly interface and neatly organized layout. The user can find a row of pale yellow tabs that run across the homepage, just above the color homepage banner featuring three people. Search results provide the user with a list of products down the center and a collection of filter options in the left hand side bar.
Visitors to the Epinions website are not required to sign up to search for products and view sellers and reviews. An account is required to access all current features. To get started, users can click the blue “Join Epinions” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The registration form is presented at the center of the following page. The form requires an Epinions ID, email address, password and security code (to prove that the user is human). Two check boxes at the bottom of the form allow the user to sign up for Epinions updates as well as special offers from third party companies. These boxes must be manually deselected to opt out of email updates.
Epinions benefits by having more users active on the site. To encourage more users to sign up and explore the site, Epinions allows all users to register for free. There are no subscription fees or other expenses associated with the site. The user can access all listings and post reviews.
As Epinions.com proffers information related to extremely large variety of products and services, it can be used by a large and a wide segment of the people. Users can learn more about the products they want to buy or share insight and experiences related to the products they have already used. The diverse product options makes Epinions ideal for any shopper.