Tried, for nearly half an hour, to leave a review on Ciao, about a Breville Deep Fat Fryer we'd bough that leaked. Got to the 'Publish Review' bit, and simply got a message 'Alert', with an 'I' symbol next to it (presumably 'information' but clicking on it produced no results.) Went back to the review and there were no data fields highlighted - so what's it about? I wondered if it was due to the box saying 'How much did you pay?', so tried 'thirty two pounds'. then got a data entry message saying 'text too long.' Tried '32.99' got a data entry message saying wrong format. Tried just 'thirty two,' and got the alert message again, with no data fields highlighted - i.e. back to square one. Pointless waste of time, so gave up at that point.
But for anyone who's interested - since Ciao aren't, obviously - the Breville VDF064 - 2L Compact Deep Fryer we bought 8 months ago, leaks. Had to bin it.
This is one of those sites that seems to have adopted the mantra of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" - and like it implies, there is nothing functionally wrong with the site, all the links seem to work and you eventually find what you are looking for, but as far as user experience is concered, it is pretty obvious that it has been neglected the past few years and looks like what I would imagine a new website to have looked like in 2002.
I ditched Ciao surveys when this happened: A few surveys I took were 'lost', Ciao did not award them and c-s said no-records found.
Ok so I started to write/take down not only the survey no. date reward but also surveys' address from the address bar, what the survey was about, screenprint of several pages... Then it happened again, a further ciao-survey I completed was lost but this time c-s could not deny I took it since I was able to provide several info about the survey that were available only if you took it (as described).
So c-s said that this time they were awarding it but not anymore in the future if s.thing similar happened. I found this attitude unacceptable and close to dishonest because I take a survey as I know what I will expect from it, either a payment-reward/points or prize draw. I can only trust prize-draws BUT if I know I will be rewarded £xx for completing a survey I EXECT THIS to be awarded!!
I now think Ciao c-s attitude TOO BAD! And I Don't Like to be taken for a ride!
This site is primarily an online retail store that sells a variety of items - including alcohol. It is nicely organized making it easy to navigate and find products.
Nevertheless, I was surprised to see that there were no age verification prompts to buy alcohol. Minors would certainly enjoy this site. However, I am sure the site owners will fix it soon enough.
Moreover, the site also has a product review feature that is only available after you register. Their product review program pays some money in exchange for a good review. Thereforre, if you are looking for some extra pocket money, it might be worth your while to submit a product review, provided that you review a product that you have actually experienced. Keeping it honest, smart! Or, like my grandma used to say every time I tried to get an extra cookie, “Don’t be greedy, thank you very much”.
In my opinion, this site is trying to become the European version of Amazon as it is not focused on just one type of product. Therefore, it is a nice site to visit if you are looking for a mini-mall online where you can find in one place anything that you might be looking for.
A user review site is a site where the user talks about their experience with a product or service.
What Ciao has become is a site which focusses on filling the reviews with unneccesary content such as product specifications and very little of the user experience itself!
People are more focussed on earning money than providing useful reviews on this site!
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