There will never be a truly legitimate review site on the internet and for anyone to think that a paid membership site like Angie's list will be any different is wrong. Today I joined Angie's List and after I paid my money I realized that I had only paid for search access to a specific local geographic region that had been determined by Angie's list based on my zip code.
In addition to this I was informed that if I desired to obtain access to other geographic areas that I could do so but only after paying an additional fee for it. So let me get this straight, If I live in a certain zip code and join Angie's list I am limited to Angie's list designated businesses represented only in my geographic profile and if I want to review a business outside of my geographic profile I must pay more money for that ? I canceled my membership today as well. In addition they say they are working hard for the consumer and that they don't work for businesses, but then why are businesses allowed to have their negative reviews removed ?
and why are businesses being solicited by Angie's list for better business listing advertising pages (for a fee of course). Any system can be broken, especially a system that makes claims they are not upholding. How can any review site that generates revenue from both consumers and businesses not have conflict of interest issues engulfing their business ?
Look out ! Just another smoke and mirror magic show here !
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