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Just trying to help keep others from getting scammed by illegitimate companies. I also leave good reviews for companies I really appreciate ;)

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Music production, outdoor activities.

33 Reviews by Brandon

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Amazon

Amazon

7/15/17
And I'm loving it. I usually purchase hygiene supplies and electronics from Amazon, but they often have some of the best deals on musical equipment too. Packages arrive in two days so it's not much of a wait. I will probably always be subscribed.
Sitejabber

Sitejabber

11/5/18
I wish this website would spread like a wildfire. People need to be able to get a second opinion on websites that just don't seem legit. From hat websites that won't let you leave reviews unless it's positive, to scam real estate websites, Sitejabber has helped me keep other people from making the same mistakes I have, and at the same time, allowed me to avoid websites that already have poor reviews on here.
It can be used for good feedback as well, of course! So leave a site you really trust a good rating :)
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SoundCloud

SoundCloud

8/29/17
The best way to get your music heard (especially for free). Or at least a great starting point. Other sites like "reverbnation" or "bandcamp" just don't seem to have the volume that SC does. Although those sites have their own specialties, SC is at the top of the music streaming game. I prefer it over those and spotify because it is the easiest way to find other underground artists and form relationships that both parties can benefit from.
INTO THE AM

INTO THE AM

5/9/19
I'm not too big into what you could call "raver gear" or "gamer gear", but I do like artistic/abstract designs. This company has found a fair middle ground and seems to have something for almost everybody at this point.
One thing I really like is their "flash sales" where hats can be swooped up for 15-20 bucks. And they are surprisingly good quality.

Some hat companies like Findlay Force (which I don't recommend.) will push out hats that have "wavy" messed up bills and they blame it on their sublimation process (how they get the design on).. Well, this company doesn't have this problem and makes me believe they actually care about the quality of the products they put out.
I have purchased 1 shirt and 3 hats from them and I am 100% satisfied.

The hats fit nicely and their shirts are super comfortable.

Tip for consumers: Flash sales will save you money. Subscribe to their email to be informed of them. They don't last long!

MeUndies

MeUndies

7/15/17
They offer a wide variety of the most comfortable undies you'll probably ever wear. And they don't stop there, they have tops and joggers etc. to choose from as well. They can seem a bit pricey, but after wearing them you won't regret it. ;)
ADSR

ADSR

5/14/18
I love this site. Better prices and selection than their competitors (like primeloops). When you review packages you get discount codes and they also send you links (here and there) to pick up huge packs of sounds for unbelievable prices. I can't recommend them enough, they even have tutorials on the site for how to use certain instruments and hardware*
Netflix

Netflix

7/15/17
Even though there may be some inconsistencies with loading times or videos sometimes failing to load on certain devices, the service you get for the price cannot be beaten. There is a fair selection on there and it seems to be getting better with more big name titles and Netflix originals.
Unfollowspy

Unfollowspy

1/7/19
At first I didn't know what exactly to make of this site or how to use it. Now that I am familiar with it I love it. This way I can monitor my SoundCloud followers and see what A-holes follow people just for a follow back and then unfollow expecting them not to see it.
No respect for cheaters and liars. Much respect for this site!

The only problem I really have with it (even though it's free to use) is that the UI seems a little out-dated and if you stay logged in, when I go back to the site it gives an error page so you have to log out and then log back in. No biggie, but still a small annoyance. Which is why I give it a 4-star rating instead of 5-stars*

I hope this website/service/company succeeds. They are providing a very helpful service!

Tip for consumers: Try it out, it's great!

RepostExchange

RepostExchange

12/29/18
Update: Had to lower it to 4 stars seeing as people will follow you and repost your songs, just to get you to follow them back and then they unfollow you. I slimy tactic to gain followers. Good thing I use "unfollowspy" so I can recognize these people and unfollow them as well. Not necessarily the company/site's fault, but they could implement something to curb people from using these tactics.

The point of this website is to promote your SoundCloud tracks by reposting other people's tracks, which gives you credits. Then, you use those credits to create campaigns for your own songs. Another option is to buy credits to bypass having to repost other people's tunes. It's up to you.

The thing I appreciate the most is the majority of the people that follow you or repost your music tend to be aspiring artists. It's a great way for the underground community to connect. If they're not other artists, they're promoters. Win-win.

Another thing I appreciate, is that it's authentic- you really have to be careful with SoundCloud promotion because a lot of it is illegitimate. These guys are the real deal, and although the plays and followers don't come in by the masses, they are AUTHENTIC.
With illegitimate promotion you can gain 100+ fake followers a day, but they will dissipate by next week. (Which makes you look unprofessional)
The followers/plays/reposts that come from this site are gradual, and they stick around! (You may even end up collaborating with others from here.)

I had an issue where I was charged for a monthly artist plan that I didn't wish to continue for the time being and I emailed them (you can call them as well) and honestly didn't know what to expect from their support. Ed got back to me ASAP and made it all right. Thanks Ed!
I appreciate quality customer service and the type service they provide. So in my books, they get a 5-star review.

Tip for consumers: Give it a try!

Craigslist, Inc.

Craigslist, Inc.

11/15/18
I've used CL to buy and sell plenty of items at this point. Most people are very flaky, a moderate amount people are decently dependable, and a select few know how make smooth exchanges of goods online. Kind of just the way she roles, but it would be nice if people were taking it more seriously rather than just window shop a lot of the time.

I've browsed for houses to rent a few times and it never seems to work out. Could just be my area though... Housing is tight.
It's important to note that there's a small amount of scams in the housing section*

I've used this website to look for jobs as well and a lot of posts seem to be written without much information or just unprofessionally. The ones that look and sound more professional / informative and articulate are the ones worth looking into of course. And are usually the ones that will get back to you. However, I would recommend using a website like Glassdoor or Indeed for job searches.

Overall, I would say it can be useful. But most of the time it's not.
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YouTube

YouTube

7/15/17
Since the "adpocolypse" hit, Some of my favorite channels have moved to different services or slowed down on how much YouTube content they produce because they aren't making nearly as much as they used to. I hope this turns around and creators can be properly compensated for the unique, quality content they provide.
I prefer SoundCloud or Spotify and many other streaming services for music because YouTube runs down your phone battery and uses more data.
The amount of content on YouTube is staggering still!
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Hulu

Hulu

5/9/19
Otherwise I would not have it. I could go into detail, but the one major thing that bothers me is there seems to be more adds than show time. Watch 5 minutes of a show and then you have to watch 90-120 seconds of commercials... And even though they have some content that Netflix doesn't have, this is why most consider Netflix to be better. We don't want to have to pay for a subscription and sit through the same commercials every 5 minutes!
I will not be renewing because I don't see it being work $12 a month...

Tip for consumers: Be ready for ads.

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Newegg

Newegg

11/7/18
Now with websites like Amazon offering 2-day free shipping with Prime, I rarely go to Newegg. When I do, I catch myself waiting long periods of time for my parts to arrive seperately.
They have a great, extensive catalog. However, the time you have to wait for parts+ price of shipping+ price of parts not always being the lowest... it seems like a very basic service these days.

Tip for consumers: Be patient.

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Reddit

Reddit

4/27/19
..USED TO. Not too much anymore after periodic overhauls. It seems as though the platform that was once about freedom is now about censorship. A lot of the comment sections (although have always been ridiculous and foremost a center for comedic exchange) now seem to be echo chambers; a bunch of people agreeing with each other with little to no effort put into critical thought. Ex- Sargon of Akkad was recently "quarantined" (censored) and made out to be an alt-right figure. I won't waste time on the details but I used to watch/listen to Sargon and I can't tell you how far from the truth that is. Proof - He has sent gay-interracial porn to Alt-right figureheads for the sake of trolling them. This whole fiasco came about when he declared he was running for office in Britain. Hmmmm.
That's just one example. I could go on for days about issues with the bots, subreddits, reposting, censoring and politics of Reddit. But all I really want to say is, "I used to love it, but barely use it anymore solely because it feels like a platform to push an agenda on, instead of a free and open community.
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Musician's Friend

Musician's Friend

7/15/17
I have spent thousands of dollars ordering from them because over a decade ago they would always give me the best deal I could find... by far! Now they are affiliated with every other music site so you can't haggle, every site just gives you the same deal a different way. ex- full price plus a case that costs $20, other site says full price with a warranty that costs $20, other site says they will give you $20 dollars off. More of a choose your poison attitude now rather than trying to get you the best deal so they can be the one to make the sell.

Tip for consumers: Call around to try and get the best price you can. If you find a good agent, make sure to get their info and always use them.

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Wix

Wix

7/15/17
Use WordPress instead. More responsive and aesthetically pleasing. Wix seems cheaper at first but the deeper you dig, you realize it will end up being more expensive with hidden costs for plugins. Even then it's not anywhere near as responsive- Wix doesn't look good on tablets... pretty much ever...
SurveyMonkey

SurveyMonkey

5/14/18
I have taken a ton of their surveys over the past 6 months, some short, some unexpectedly long. My take is they lure you in with the chance to win a 100 dollar gift card but I'm really questioning how many people actually win those...
Bandcamp

Bandcamp

5/9/19
This website seems to be more oriented towards and filled with indie artists. Electronic/rap seems to garnish more attention on Soundcloud.
Cool that you can set your own pricing, which a site like soundcloud doesn't allow for. So it does have it's pros.

Tip for consumers: If you produce electronic music or rap, at least use SoundCloud alongside it.

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Fivver

Fivver

12/22/18
A lot of service on her are illegitimate. And there's usually a communication barrier than you have to get through. I would like to be able to update reviews!

Tip for consumers: Be careful what services you choose!

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ReverbNation

ReverbNation

12/30/18
Besides the mass amount of spam email I receive from them, the worst part about this website is how you can't get anywhere without them trying to empty your pockets - Go to upload a song, "file size too big. (greater than 8mb) please upgrade your plan to continue uploading". Or - "we thing your song is worthy of some free promotion, claim it here." Then you proceed to click and fill out pages and pages of garbage, just to get to the last page where you notice that they actually plan to charge you for it. No transparency! It's a setup. Illegitimate. BS.
Side note- I only ever had 1 fan on the platform and I'm pretty sure it was a troll.
I could go on for days about how useless this website is, but everyone else's comments pretty much sum it up. Don't waste your time like I did!

Tip for consumers: "It's a trap!"

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