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Silly question about the Gmatclub reviews on prep courses [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2014, 07:15
Gmatclub has an awesome page for reviews on prep courses. Here is an example http://gmatclub.com/reviews/veritas-prep-4

It is written and explained that the reviews are verified and i trust that. However, i find it strange that :

1) A big majority of the comment are made by "anonymous". What is the big deal to show your username? Why 80% of the people saying positive comment would want to hide their username?

2) A big majority of the comments with visible username has exactly 0 posts, 0 kudos given/received on Gmatclub :shock: . Is it not strange that someone would create an account on the website only to post a review? even if they would have created it to use the Gmatclub tests center (free with the courses). Is it not strange that they would have no other activity on the whole website?

To put it simply ; i found it hard to see reviews of members of the forum with more than 1 or 2 posts/kudos)

If someone has the answer : thank you :wink:
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Re: Silly question about the Gmatclub reviews on prep courses [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2014, 08:07
oss198 wrote:
Gmatclub has an awesome page for reviews on prep courses. Here is an example http://gmatclub.com/reviews/veritas-prep-4

It is written and explained that the reviews are verified and i trust that. However, i find it strange that :

1) A big majority of the comment are made by "anonymous". What is the big deal to show your username? Why 80% of the people saying positive comment would want to hide their username?

2) A big majority of the comments with visible username has exactly 0 posts, 0 kudos given/received on Gmatclub :shock: . Is it not strange that someone would create an account on the website only to post a review? even if they would have created it to use the Gmatclub tests center (free with the courses). Is it not strange that they would have no other activity on the whole website?

To put it simply ; i found it hard to see reviews of members of the forum with more than 1 or 2 posts/kudos)

If someone has the answer : thank you :wink:



You should take all the sharings with a grain of salt.

I am working in Marketing and I usually need to use a technique called "forum seeding" in which someone is hired to write the comments that are positive for the products. I know it's not really ethical but it's popular in marketing. I trust only posters with more than 20 comments and with a long history of joining Gmatclub.
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Re: Silly question about the Gmatclub reviews on prep courses [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2014, 20:26
I actually went through the same analysis as you in looking for a good review course. I typically looked for users that has a posting history before taking their review seriously.
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Re: Silly question about the Gmatclub reviews on prep courses [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2014, 01:52
Thanks guys, so i am the only one doubting the veracity of these reviews. it seems incredible that there is no reasonable explanation... i created the topic in the "General GMAT Questions and Strategies" part. Maybe i will have more chances to have an answer there.
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Silly question about the Gmatclub reviews on prep courses [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2014, 03:16
Hey,

IMO, there are some offers going on if you write the gmat reviews.\
For Ex this.
http://gmatclub.com/reviews/magoosh-345345496

So, people come, create profile and just write the reviews. The registered users give their reviews in the debriefs. Just my personal thoughts.I do not have any data to back my thoughts.

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Re: Silly question about the Gmatclub reviews on prep courses [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2014, 04:04
ankurgupta03 wrote:
Hey,

IMO, there are some offers going on if you write the gmat reviews.\
For Ex this.
http://gmatclub.com/reviews/magoosh-345345496

So, people come, create profile and just write the reviews. The registered users give their reviews in the debriefs. Just my personal thoughts.I do not have any data to back my thoughts.

Regards,
Ankur


Thank you for your answer Ankur.
mmm you might have a point but my it doesnt explain my first point. Neither it gives me the reason why no gmatclub members with at least 1 post wrote any review. I looked for a review wrote by an active Gmatclub member in the Veritas reviews and i didnt find any! :? i stopped to look after a few pages.
Re: Silly question about the Gmatclub reviews on prep courses   [#permalink] 15 Sep 2014, 04:04
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