What is the point of a review site? No, I really mean that, what is the point?
Is it to help people make a decision over something? It sounds like a grand idea, get everyone who travels, stays at hotels and take holidays to rate them. That way we all get an honest point of view about that product or service before we make a disasterous uninformed decision of our own.
Tripadvisor have taken a good idea and piled it upon piles of other ideas, like a mountain of dead donkey's rotting and steaming and stinking of yesteryears fashions they have missed the fundemental requirement for a review site and that's relevancy. Good and useful reviews pushed aside in favour of the interloper or paid promotion.
It wouldn't matter if the results were good but they're not. It would be better if it was easy to use, but they the bubble searches funnel you toward their paying customers and highlight the bad reviews for businesses that refuse to engage or advertise with them.
As a potential user it annoys me that the scope of my horizon is limited by a short sighted group of editors vying for their next pay-packet by targeting the highest bidder and whose each new article is better than the next.
Tripadvisor is a hideous embarrassment to the travel and leisure industry and the aetiology of Internet success. The better they do the harder it becomes for users to benefit.
If you venture to Tripadvisor then this is my advice: Remember to take sunscreen and be careful whose advice you buy.
Tesco used to be the only place to go but now should be the last on your list. A littany of stupid company policies implemented by stalwarts of the jobs-worth-or-be-damned mentality. I fear their days of success are over as they career toward the end of their usefulness.
AVOID TESCO OPTICIANS unless you want cheap rubbish that can SERIOUSLY damage your eye-sight. And I have letters from Tesco managers admitting failures that include wrong prescriptions, wrong diagnosis and they could not care-less.
It would be laughable if it was not a tragic flaw. The fact their SENIOR MANAGER's cannot string a sentence together or understand simple grammar causes me to fear my own status as a grammar Nazi. Anyone who would like to check that search for "tesco opticians failing support" and you will find I am not alone.
The stores are no longer the friendly face of grocery shopping, they squeeze us altogether in ever smaller parking bays, lie about price reductions, illegally record PIN and other personal data and then wonder why their own checkout-operators frustration is the single most complained about issue on the shop floor.
Replace the senior managment with drunk monkey's and no one would notice until pay-day. They are a group of high paid postering goofs all circling the drain like spare pricks at an orgy. You can't talk to them as they are protected by a layer of "complaints executives" incapable of getting beyond the "clues are important" stage.
It's the dialog of the deaf with no sign language apart from posing.
They used to care.
Let's face it, banks, and the lying thieving brats that run them are as popular as a group hug in a burns unit. So utterly beyond parodic assessment these life-assassins breed on greed and disgust us all. So sour and dirty their intentions even diamonds lose their shine the instant they come in contact with common sense and reality.
Thank god for www.transferwise.com, a financial service that respects it's customers money for what it is: It's customers money.
To save money, to save time, to avoid being ripped off, to kick the high street banks in the teeth, use a little uncommon sense and use transferwise.com
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