This morning I opened my e-mail to find an offer from Phil Hellmuth’s Poker Brat Clothing Company. Phil’s online store is offering a 15% discount off any in-stock item through December 31st. No one in my immediate circle has the interest and enthusiasm for no limit hold’em like I do, so, shopping for poker paraphernalia was not on my list of things to do today. Then I remembered that I do reviews on books, videos and DVDS here, so, I thought, heck, buy one or two DVDs. Get 15% off and do the reviews. Niiiiicce.
Not knowing which DVDs might draw the most favorable reviews, I hopped over to amazon.com and searched for Phil Hellmuth DVDs to see what kinds of reviews had been posted. I was underwhelmed. The reviews are not flattering. SO, I decided to compare prices to see if there was a financial reason I could use to rationalize a purchase. Here’s what I found…
|PokerBrat||PokerBrat with 15% discount||Amazon|
|Million Dollar Poker System||$ 9.95||$ 8.46||$ 8.89|
|Million Dollar Secrets to Bluffing & Tells||$ 9.95||$ 8.46||$ 9.99|
|Million Dollar Tournament Strategies||$ 9.95||$ 8.46||$ 9.99|
|Million Dollar Online Poker Secrets||$ 9.95||$ 8.46||$ 9.99|
|All 4 Million Dollar Videos||$ 33.84||$ 32.99|
|Phil Hellmuth’s Supercourse||$ 39.95||$ 33.96||$ 17.99|
The best deal I saw was on the Supercourse. However, the reviews (only 2 btw), are so negative, that I don’t want to invest my time and money in ordering, having to watch, then having to write reviews. (I didn’t base the decision on just those 2 reviews; I read all the reviews for all the other DVDs/videos as well.)
This little research task helped me realize that I want to give good reviews. I at least want to start out with the premise that the material will be good. So, Thank You Phil Hellmuth for bringing this prejudice to light and helping me understand that I need to re-visit my review strategy. Afterall, a review is a review. I need to be truthful, present the facts, and detached from the outcome.
And, Thank You Phil for the discount offer. I won’t be taking you up on that this year.
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