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"what I paid" for price comparisons

Posted by andrew, Jul 9, 2007.

Since there are many wines without prices, I think it would be helpful to record what I paid for a particular bottle. Perhaps as part of a review? It would be useful to me to pinpoint the wines I've tried that were great bargains.



Reply by gr, Jul 10, 2007.

Yes! (Maybe this is part of the eventual "edit wine" that is needed after I submit a wine but make a typo?)

Reply by andrew, Jul 11, 2007.

the user could also add 'where I bought', and enter store name / address... or have a 'my favorite wine stores' as part of user reviews.

Reply by Philip James, Jul 11, 2007.

Andrew - being able to favorite stores will come with the friends round 2 stuff. same with joining affinity groups...

friends round 1 is coming VERY soon

Reply by Philip James, Jul 12, 2007.

how's this different from using the alert us button and simply telling us the price of the wine?

Reply by gr, Jul 12, 2007.

Because nobody understand wtf "alert us" means.

About what? Spam? Factual inaccuracy? That that wine made us really ill?

Reply by andrew, Jul 13, 2007.

I agree with gr that 'alert us' is ambiguous at best. Initially I clicked on it to let you know that a wine was available from The Wine Messenger, but it took me to the screen that says: "Please describe the issues with the wine below. For your convenience, we have included a link to the wine in the message."

and the default text in the text box is "There is a problem with the wine at URL..."

so it's not something I thought was for telling you about where to find it!

I've since used the button to report problems with the wines, but I think having 2 buttons would be helpful - something like "report a problem" and "Tell us where you bought it"

Reply by Philip James, Jul 13, 2007.

ok, well, assume we change the button to "Report Error" then it should be used to tell us there's a mistake / omission...

We're adding 75,000 prices over the weekend, with 70k more in the queue, so this 'i dont know how much the wine costs' will slowly dissapear.

i want to avoid too many boxes for people to fill in, but it could be an option.

either that, or 'know about this wine' add some info as an option. i'd rather if you know the price, everyone benefits, rather than you adding it to your review only...

any button title suggestions?

Reply by gr, Jul 13, 2007.

I think it would be a Good Idea for the form that Alert Us / Report Error / Gaze at my Navel (kidding!) loads to have a drop down list of likely problems. Off the top of my head:
[list:3cda5c4069]Here's what I paid and where I paid it.
Listed factual information is incorrect. (spelling, red v. white, wrong winery, wrong region)
Missing factual information that I can provide.
Incorrect buy it now link (doesn't go to the right page at the vendor, exists at a vendor with a Snooth relationship but doesn't list that vendor)
A review is spam / hate speech / whatever (hasn't happened yet, but...)[/list:u:3cda5c4069]
For some of those, AJAXing in some further specification by drop down/radio button/check box might be a good idea too.

Reply by andrew, Jul 17, 2007.

I think there are really only 2 initial choices needed:
1) I would like to add more factual info about this wine
2) I would like to report a problem with something

Since there are any number of possibilities for #2, I think the most common should be covered on the landing page (see above comment, it could be the wine, the reviews, whatever.). Then there could be a list of radio buttons with an 'other' option in a text field.

so your buttons could be simply

"Add more info"
"Report a problem"

Reply by gr, Jul 17, 2007.

Note that I'm suggesting a list of options on the form presented after clicking "report a problem"...

Reply by talikan, Nov 30, 2007.

How about changing the price listing to show a range of prices? Obviously people will find a wine at different prices all over the place. So perhaps you could show one common price (perhaps pulled from one of your official partners, or the most common or median partner price) and also show the range of prices paid by members (preferably with outliers cut off since some people might put free or something ridiculously high).

Reply by gr, Nov 30, 2007.

Bear in mind that many of the price listings (those not provided by users) come from the online vendors to whom Snooth passes sales. (I share your frustration, given that I live in PA, which means I definitely can't find that price and also can't usefully mail order wine, but the business model that makes Snooth money is when you click through to one of their associated merchants, so that's the price that gets listed, if available.)

When submitting a wine, you should just put what you paid (though, see above: I think "and in what state / city I paid it" should be included.)

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