Can we just keep the boycott going in perpetuity?
You’re costing them server hours and purposefully not giving them revenue despite it costing you nothing.
Because they blackmail companies into affiliate revenue with the threat of "unrecommending" their products. See: https://www.xdesk.com/wirecutter-standing-desk-review-pay-to...
In general the web was at its best decades ago, when people published because they knew things and were internally compelled to share. Despite the drop in quality and overwhelming prevalence of shameless blogspam (from which Wirecutter is one or two steps up), I prefer to continue acting as if that information sharing is still the overriding motivation.
What does this mean, "internally compelled"?
If someone is providing systematic reviews of products, it takes time and resources to do so. Why would they do this for free?
I think the early internet:
- was a more distinctly bounded subset of individuals - now it's closer to a random sampling of humans
- had less "background monetary radiation" so there was far less incentive to make low value content
- content spread mostly by human -> human interaction so the bar for something being shared and consequently your likelyhood of seeing it was set higher
It feels like the signal to noise ratio was significantly better as a combination of those things. This sort of product-shilling was less profitable. Also in general the profitability vector being "people click the buy link" vs "people's continued trust in my expertise" influences the sort of content that's created.
It's also a reasonable way for them to make money that isn't:
1. Invasive tracking
2. Nasty ads
3. Direct subscriptions
Take your entitlement elsewhere.
What are your thoughts regarding ad blocking? Specifically, do you also find people who use adblockers (I assume you don't use one of course) entitled?
The thing I hate is people who try to come up transparently disingenuous reasons for why they are entitled to not support organizations they extract value out of ("ehh I don't like your CSS so I'm going to not give you any money").
If you don't like the asking price, that is 100% fine. Don't consume the product.
You seem to be wanting to decide what is a fair price for product that they produced and set a price for.
It's right on the top of their front page:
"Wirecutter is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more."
Using affiliate links to pay for content creation/hosting is reasonable. Bypassing affiliate links is also reasonable. If you want to be owed something, put it in the ToS.
So you're saying https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/about/ is a lie?
They also recommend an air purifier by Levoit, which performed demonstrably worse than a box fan with a HEPA filter bungee corded on to it. In fairness, Wirecutter recommended a cheaper model, but is that model going to perform better than the more expensive one in the same line? In any case, it's still not cheaper than a box fan and a HEPA filter, which ought to be the baseline you'd test against if you were providing value to your readers.
For the sensor, I used an ESP32 with a small eink screen (from lilygo) with a sensirion SPS30 sensor for detecting particles (see this very good teardown https://www.mistywest.com/posts/teardown-sensirion-particle-...), a sensirion SGP30 sensor for detecting VOCs and a BME280 to measure temperature, humidity and air pressure. I think total cost is roughly 60 usd. ESPHome makes it relatively easy, see this guide for a similar setup https://neon.ninja/2021/11/breathe-better-with-this-indoor-a...
Hope that helps, it's a fun project to figure things out (it was my first project with ESP32).
If you were so happy with a $30 Mr. Coffee, what even compelled you to spend $200??
Parent never said that, and they're obviously not happy with the Mr. Coffee if they're willing to spend $200 on a coffee maker...which, BTW, better do a better job than a $30 coffee maker.
What compelled me to spend $200 on the OXO was the glowing Wirecutter review.
Don't dismiss this as a cantankerous rant. This is an extremely good point. The advantages are not only there in terms of cost but in terms of environmental impact and waste as well. It's telling that this sort of DIY solution isn't highlighted as the goto, especially in a publication catering to a crowd that claims to care about not fucking up the planet and wrings it's hands about the harms of capitalism. Instead of an air purifier bungee a HEPA filter to a box fan and donate the difference to some group capitalism shits on, repeat this approach for all things. Problem solved. Welcome to the solarpunk revolution.
Disclaimer: I did in fact buy a Levoit air purifier off Amazon during the wildfires last year so you know, ain't nobody perfect.
Turns out I was not alone: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=25993512
Upon further research into each issue, I found many other people noticing the same things. In addition, many of the products with these issues I exchanged, only to have the replacement exhibit the same exact problem.
Their presentation is their only real strength for the most part.
Headphones? Stay away - too subjective. A humidifier for the nursery? Perfect.
Besides, this cheating strategy is only locally sustainable. Once word gets out, they'll lose on their next release. Lies have short legs.