I remember the first time I got on the market to look for equipment that will help me with my arts and crafts hobby. What I had in mind was some sort of magical equipment.
In hindsight, that’s what I was thinking. I was thinking that once I get this machine, and regardless of its name or regardless of its design, it will take my arts and crafts hobby to a much higher level.
I will be able to do things faster, I will be able to produce better quality materials, I would be able to impress more people, and most importantly, I would be able to maximize my peace of mind and get a greater return on effort.
As you can well imagine, based on my expectations, things did not pan out. It’s really hard to get disappointed if you have the right expectations.
And believe me, my expectations were not in any way, shape or form close to being right. Not even by a long shot. This is due to the fact that I set myself for a letdown.
You see, there is no magical machine out there that will help take your craft to the next level without your participation. That’s just not going to happen. That may apply to some sort of factory, but it definitely doesn’t apply to the world of arts and crafts. Again, not by a long shot.
Unfortunately, I kept reading review after review of products and that’s exactly the kind of mindset that they encourage. I’m not going to lay it all at their feet. I’m not going to say that they tricked me into this thinking.
The germ of that idea was already in my mind, and it was really all on me that I let all these reviews make that seed germinate until it took over my mind. Talk about barking up the wrong tree.
The good news is that when you develop a mindset that enables you to pick apart value based on whatever review you’re reading, you’re going to eventually be able to connect the dots. You’re going to be able to develop the skill sets that you need to separate value from price. You would be able to trace each feature to actual outcome.
In other words, you won’t be taken in by the hype, the exaggeration, and all sorts of the typical salesman tricks that online hucksters pull on you. Instead, when you read electric tankless water heater reviews, for example, you get to pick apart the internal logic of reviews and see whether it applies to you.
You then start seeing the context, and this enables you to make better informed decisions. This, by all means, is not some sort of one size fits all solution, but believe me, it gets the ball going. And that’s all you need.
So regardless of what kind of product review you’re reading, learn to connect the dots. Sooner or later, it would help you become a more informed consumer, which then, in turn, enables you to read arts and crafts product reviews in a more responsible and realistic way. This, of course, leads to better informed choices.