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The Traceur Shopper’s Most Powerful Tool – Product Reviews

Unlike cellphones, gaming systems, cars or whiskey, parkour is a relatively new hobby to have come into existence and, as such, there just aren’t a whole lot of products catering to the parkour athlete that have become well known. Because of this, those shoppers who often find themselves buying products from a certain brand that’s never steered them wrong in the past may be at a loss when shopping for parkour gear, as many of us are unfamiliar with a lot of the brands within the sport. In fact, many products used in the sport aren’t actually marketed as being such in the first place. For this reason, it’s imperative one takes a close look at any given product’s customer reviews. I won’t be contributing to said customer reviews today, though I will steer you in the right direction and give you some great resources for customer reviews. Below, you’ll find the best places to go to find out if the product you have your eye on is worth your money in the first place.

Amazon – Amazon.com

Now, you needn’t actually buy the item you’re looking for on Amazon to use the website to your advantage. As long as you have a product in mind, it certainly can’t hurt to take a look at Amazon’s website to see whether or not it’s displayed over there. If it is, it likely has a vast amount of reviews on its specific product page. Whether you end up buying the item in question directly from Amazon or still decide to buy it elsewhere is irrelevant; simply heading over to look at reviews will usually prove fruitful.

As a tip, I’ll not that Amazon distinguishes reviews from one another through the use of their “Verified Purchase” tag. While it can’t hurt to take other reviews into consideration, it’s likely a good idea to rely majorly on reviews which have come from folks who are guaranteed to have bought the item. There are fake reviews all over the web; Amazon is not immune from this phenomenon.

Parkour Website – http://traceurzone.com

While browsing around Amazon is likely to be your best bet when it comes to the sheer number of products and respective reviews available at your disposal, it’s far from the easiest way to go about hearing the opinions of others. The person/people behind Parkour Website have actually done all of the Amazon browsing for you already, which is what makes it the more convenient option. Not only do they take their own experience with any given product into account, they take other people’s experience into account as well, sorting between real and fake reviews.

Unlike Amazon, those heading over toTraceur Zone Website for product reviews should be more open to what it is they’re willing to buy, rather than having one specific product in mind. While Parkour Website’s database may not be as vast, you’ll find they’re able to point you in the right direction, no matter what type of parkour-related gear it is you’re looking for in the first place. If you’re unsure of exactly what you need, Parkour Website will be able to help.

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Product Pricing – What Are You Paying For?

I feel it best to lay down some context throughout this article so as to allow readers to see into my choosing process. Hopefully, explaining the criteria I use to select products will turn my advice from the word of a grumpy old man on the internet into a product of precise calculation. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the factors which decide a product’s end price in today’s market. Which factors are actually worth paying for is up to you to decide.

Branding

Pick out a plain shirt from the G.A.P. clothing store. Now go to Wal-Mart and pick out the same shirt. What’s the difference? A thirty-dollar logo stamped on the front. Don’t be fooled, just because a shirt with a brand name on the front costs four times as much as a plain shirt, this does not mean it is of four times as much quality. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with paying for branding (if that happens to be your thing), it should be noted that you will, in fact, be paying for it. Some people like labels on their products, and companies know this. As such, they’ll charge you a premium to essentially advertise their products for them. While a stamped-on brand name doesn’t automatically make a product not worth the money, it’s important to realize the role said stamp plays in deciding the cost of a product.

Marketing

Marketing costs money, whether it be through TV commercials, newspaper ads or billboards. Who pays for the marketing? The customer. Now, it’s entirely possible that the most marketed brand of cola, for example, is better than the least marketed brand. I won’t argue that marketing is bad. At the same time, it’s possible that it is the worst cola. The only thing an advertisement tells us about a brand is that its executives want you to know about it.

Ads don’t radiate quality, nor do they radiate customer satisfaction. There’s certainly nothing wrong with opting for a product that relies heavily on marketing – after all, if you like Kraft Dinner better than the store brand version, there’s not a whole lot you can do about it. As with branding; however, it’s important to realize that for every commercial taken out by a company, you can expect to pay a higher price. The CEO of any given brand certainly doesn’t take the marketing budget out of his or her own pocket.

Social and Environmental Responsibility

If you’ve ever had (or seen) the free run chicken eggs in a grocery store, you’ve likely noticed the giant price hike inherent in such products. It’s not that companies are necessarily charging us extra because they know they can get away with it (although, they probably could), but that such products simply cost more to make.

Companies don’t lock chickens in small cages to lay eggs or have children in sweatshops build their phones for the fun of it. They do it because it is efficient. When you opt to buy from a brand who’s practices could be seen as socially and/or environmentally responsible, you can bet that they’re going out of their way to bring you such a product. Economics 101: If it costs more to make, it costs more to buy. Plain and simple. Whether it’s worth the price hike is up to you.

Domestically-Made Products

Once again, companies based out of one country don’t outsource their work to another for the fun of it. They do it because workers in China can do the same job as Americans, Canadians or Brits for half the price. When you buy products domestically, you’re usually (though perhaps not always) buying a product which was made or produced inefficiently from a fiscal standpoint. As such, you’ll be paying more for the privilege of supporting your own economy as opposed to China’s.

Durability

The rich man bought a pair of shoes for two hundred dollars. They lasted him a lifetime. The poor man bought a pair of shoes for ten dollars, though these only lasted him a month. Guess who spent more on shoes throughout their life? This (slight) variation of a classic saying does a great job of illustrating what it means to be frugal. While it was perhaps not his choice, the shoes the poor man in the above story bought were not frugal whatsoever. Sure, you can get a pair of shoes for half the price, but will they last at least half as long? If the answer is “no,” then the seemingly cheaper pair of shoes are actually more expensive.

It’s important to think about how much a product costs in relation to its projected average life expectancy. Sometimes, buying the more expensive item (assuming one can afford said item) proves to be an investment. If you’re investing in stocks but find yourself spending over one hundred dollars a year through constantly replacing cheap headphones as they break, I’d wager you may need to straighten out your priorities. Think about how much something cost over the course of five years, not how much it will cost today. A durable product is always worthwhile to look further into.