If you are looking to sell your old fine jewelry for cash, you probably are researching which jewelry buyers are receiving positive reviews. That’s an important part of the selling process, and one that we recommend to every client at Diamond Estate Jewelry Buyers.
You can find jewelry buyer reviews in a variety of places, such as Yahoo Reviews, Yelp, and Google Reviews. In addition to these established online platforms, you might also discover bloggers writing about their experience with a particular jewelry buyer, and websites solely dedicated to providing jewelry buyer reviews.
In this article, we will cover some important things to remember as you begin to assess the reliability of these jewelry buyer reviews, as well as a few of the red flags that indicate a review or reviewer could be less than completely trustworthy.
Genuine Jewelry Buyer Reviews
Let’s begin by discussing the first and most important type of jewelry buyer reviews: that is, those reviews which appear on well-established online platforms like Google, Yelp, the Yellow Pages, and Yahoo. The general rule of thumb is to look for jewelry buyers with lots of positive reviews that are spaced out over a long period of time (at least a year).
If you notice that a jewelry buyer’s positive reviews are all clustered together in a very short period, this can indicate a jewelry buyer who is trying to game the system. Authentic jewelry buyer reviews tend to be spread out over months; with some reviewers making brief positive comments and others providing in-depth reviews with specific details about their experience.
What about bad reviews? If the jewelry buyer has a few bad reviews, this should not be of too much concern, as long as the bad reviews are heavily outweighed by the positive reviews. Unethical jewelry buyers do exist who will leave fake bad reviews of their competitors, and there could be times when some type of miscommunication has occurred that leads to a negative review. Because of this, you want to focus on the majority of the reviews that a particular jewelry buyer has received versus a few negative reviews that might appear.
If there are some bad reviews and the website allows for the business to respond, it is important that you do read these responses. The content, tone, and manner in which a jewelry buyer responds to a bad review can reveal whether or not the bad review is genuine, as well as whether or not the company is the best one to help you sell your estate jewelry.
What about filtered reviews? Some websites like Yelp use software that automatically filters out some reviews based on a variety of factors, most of which are kept hidden. Many people believe that if a company has a lot of filtered reviews that means that these are all fake. This is not necessarily the case. While fake jewelry buyer reviews do exist, it is important to keep in mind that reviews usually get filtered if it is the 1st time a reviewer has posted a review.
That means if a jewelry buyer encourages satisfied customers to leave a review of their experience on Yelp, it could easily be sent into the filtered review pile simply because it was the customer’s 1st review. So, when evaluating the authenticity of filtered jewelry buyer reviews use the same guidelines we discussed earlier: look for a variety of different types of reviews spaced out over a long period of time.
Beware of Reviews with Affiliate Programs
Let’s move on to discussing those jewelry buyer reviews which appear on the websites of bloggers and dedicated “jewelry buyer review” sites. When an independent blogger with a strong readership offers a highly positive review of one particular jewelry buyer based on their first-hand experience, this can appear like a very legitimate review. However, many times these jewelry buyer reviews are not as useful and above board as they seem at first glance.
What many bloggers do when they want to review a service provider (such as a jewelry buyer), they research only those jewelry buyers that publicly offer an affiliate program, which allows the blogger to make money by linking to the jewelry buyer’s website in the review. They thus make their decision on which jewelry buyer to review based solely on its affiliate program—rather than conducting research into which jewelry buyer can offer them the most money and best service.
Of course, no one begrudges bloggers of their need and desire to make money. However, there are many ways for popular bloggers to make money from their websites. And this affiliate-driven method of selecting which service provider (e.g. jewelry buyer) to review isn’t the best way to go about it.
A better way for a blogger to conduct a review of a jewelry buyer and help their readers make knowledgeable decisions about where to sell jewelry, would be for the blogger to research a half dozen or so local and national jewelry buyers; get a cash quote/appraisal from each; and then choose the one which offers the best price and most attentive service.
With regards to dedicated jewelry buyer review sites, the same words of caution apply. What you will find in most cases is that the jewelry buyer who appears at the top of the list is the jewelry buyer with the best affiliate marketing program—that is, the one who can make the website owner the most money.
Sometimes you can click the link to the jewelry buyer listed as #1 and you’ll see the affiliate code included in the address bar in your browser. Other times, the affiliate relationship is hidden, and the only companies included are those which have paid a fee to appear in the list.
We hope this information makes it a little easier to sort through jewelry buyer reviews and helps you decide which companies to contact. At Diamond Estate Jewelry Buyers, we encourage our clients to be as informed as possible before selling their previously-owned fine jewelry.
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