The last time I bought a video game, I grudgingly went to a brick and mortar store but checked the ratings on Amazon before I went. Buy local, shop global and whatnot. The last time I bought a computer – or parts for one, rather – I bought from NewEgg after scouring reviews for hours.
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If you wanted to shop for enterprise software or hardware, there was no business equivalent of, say, an Amazon where you could see what other users had to say about a particular product. And if you wanted to warn other IT pros about a particular blade server that melted in its rack or you just needed to rant about XenServer, you were relegated to various forums scattered around the Web.
But a new site called IT Central Station attempts to fill that void. According to the company, the site will feature social networking, user validation and a bunch of different categories.
The site presents itself as a peer review site for IT with no vendor bias – though they’ll happily accept ads! – and as a thriving community for IT guys to bemoan terrible products or sing praises for the good ones.
I don’t know about you, but I always take online reviews with a grain of salt. I’ve seen enough padded, biased reviewers to know when I’m being conned. Are you that savvy? Do you think IT Central Station can somehow avoid the bias?