Second-Hand Items for Product Reviews

Last Update: September 27, 2019

When writing a product review, it isn't absolutely necessary to actually own the item. What we can do, is curate all the information from various sites, having read other people's reviews and essentially bring them all in one place for your potential customer, written in your own words.

However, it can be seen as more credible if you do actually own the item and have personal experience of using it. This can be expensive, if you are having to buy each product that you wish to review.

But who says it has to be new? Why not buy second-hand items from charity shops? Or yard sales? You can then take your own photographs, no problems worrying about copyright, and if you're not shy, add a picture of yourself holding the item. Instant credibility! It doesn't matter that its not in its packaging, because its shows you have been using it!

And then, once you have written your review, sell the product on again! You might even make an extra profit!

You could even borrow products from family and friends. Next time you are visiting, take a sneaky look around to see if they have anything related to your niche which you could review.

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TheNeuroNerd Premium
Great advice! I love 2nd hand stores! :D
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Jules73 Premium
I've not gone down this road yet although I've covered it in the training. My niche is not hugely product based so not an easy subject to review...and I don't want to appear forced. I

I'm confident that if the opportunity presents itself I will be able to offer a review. However I do like your ideas muted above, plenty of food for thought! Thanks Diane.
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MikeAdkins Premium
Hi Diane.

I have done a few reviews of second hand lighting that I own, these are items that I have purchased to sell on.

Second hand items can have a real plus point - If you know the age and use of the item you can review how well it has stood up to time and use.

Kind Regards
Mike
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EHR Premium
Man, that's fantastic...I didn't think of that at all. How well it stands up to time!!
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MikeAdkins Premium
Yes Diane, it works as you can really emphasise the quality, or otherwise!!

Mike
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mstewardit Premium
Luckily enough most of the things I review can be done form specification and rider experience. That is a very good idea depending on the niche. If you really are not shy go in a shop and look at the item. Get your friend to take a picture. BIT CHEEKY THOUGH.
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EHR Premium
That is a great point. I have just been thinking about reviewing products in my niche. At first it will be products I have and have used.I wonder how many I can rent, use and review? Thanks Gene
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