It REALLY pisses me off when when people lie about an experience with a product in order to justify an opinion. I honestly don’t mind if people have a negative perception about a product, but it becomes a problem when they try and sway other people’s opinions using deceit.
Drobo seems to occasionally come under attack from mysterious individuals who are always anonymous and are literally caught in lies repeatedly. Let me give you one excellent example. Here is a Drobo product review on Amazon. And here is a link to the profile of one of only two 1 star ratings
A Very Fishy Drobo Story
“I have been recommending Drobo products since gen 1. I keep one version of each of their products in my tech lab so that I can support my client’s needs if any issues arise.”
Although he also admits he never purchased the Drobo for which he left this Drobo review. So why would he just show up and leave a review on a Drobo device he doesn’t own? That’s strange…
If we look at his product review history we’ll see that he previously posted this Drobo review:
“I am over Drobo and I think they have a serious issue and hope they do something about it.”
Hmmm. IF indeed his story is true, its sad that he lost his data. Its also impossible to know if he’s telling the whole story, or even the truth – especially given it appears he’s establishing a pattern of malicious intent.
“I had four models (10 u it’s at work and 2 at home). Drobo, Drobo with Drobo Share, Drobo S, and Drobo FS.”
“I am done with Drobo and all of my data is seriously lost for good.”
Since Scott claimed he lost data on multiple Drobos (which could have been YEARS old, could have been damaged by power issues, or cat hair stuck in fans, or kids with dirty fingers, or God knows what), and also stated unequivocally that he was “done with Drobo”, plus took the time to blast them on an Amazon review – can someone please explain to me why he would claim more than a year later that he has:
…been recommending Drobo products since gen 1. I keep one version of each of their products in my tech lab…
There are too many statements that don’t match up, and all the evidence points to either:
- A person with a vendetta of some kind, out to screw Drobo.
- Someone being paid to write negative reviews, just like Samsung got caught doing.
Maybe its just me, but I don’t understand why people do this? I mean, I understand being pissed off, and even talking about that publicly. But after I do that – I let it go man! So what possesses people to just routinely blast a company for no reason – except if they are getting paid to do it by someone else!
That’s Not the Only Drobo Hack Job
That Scott guy might actually be a real person, who at one time was happy with Drobo but had some problems that soured him on the brand. I don’t think its right that he continues to attack years later, but assuming there is some basis of fact and his lies are really more like “exaggerations” I think everyone can have a little sympathy.
But as I’ve read through other product comments and reviews I’ve seen a bunch of people leaving highly suspicious comments. Almost always anonymous names, unverified purchases, and often not even a claim of using or owning the product. Just trash talking.
Everyone should be really skeptical about any review they read online – positive or negative – that comes from someone who won’t even use their real identity. When a person basically is saying, “I don’t want to be accountable for what I have to say”, then they don’t deserve to be believed either.
I’ll PAY You To Tell Me Your Story
If you’ve been paid by a company to leave negative reviews about a competitor’s products I’m offering $500 to tell me the complete story. Here’s the deal:
- You must provide me verifiable proof that you were engaged to leave negative reviews.
- You need to share all the details with me, including links to the reviews.
- You may maintain complete anonymity if you wish, or you can come forward. Either one. I will protect your anonymity if you so desire!
- After I’ve verified your story, I’ll send you $500 via PayPal.
Simple, right? I believe its happening, and I think if Samsung got caught doing it – a LOT more companies are doing it. So you can email me to john AT geekbeat.tv if you want to take me up on the offer.
It never expires, and I’ll pay everyone that comes forward. So if you KNOW it was wrong and you need a way to rectify it – the ball is in your court.