Is Yelp a good resource for business referrals or is it primarily disgruntled consumers posting? I'm looking for a dentist and the one I was referred to by a friend has a bunch of negative yelp reviews.
I loathe going to the dentist so it's important to me to find a good one.
Yelp is a scam.
New dentist. He gets good reviews.
Yelp calls him up. "Want to buy pay per click advertising?"
He says no.
Yelp filters his good reviews, they just dissapear.
Bad reviews suddenly appear. Lots of them. (yelps swears they don't have staff who write them)
Yelp calls back dentist.
Do you want to pay to control the order your reviews appear and oh we noticed that our 'algorithm' put 500 good reviews in the filtered file, we are willing to run those through a separate program for our GOOD customers.
Yelp is a modern day Mafai asking for protection money.
For R1's reasons I don't put much faith in Yelp. Also, everyone's stupid. I mean, seriously, if its not some pretentious twat reviewing a restaurant like he works for Gourmet magazine, it's some idiot complaining about stuff that doesn't matter like the color of the walls.
Walked by a Thai place in SF recently that posted a notice in the window about being shaken-down by Yelp and how you shouldn't trust them.
I actually found my dentist on yelp. I don't have dental insurance, and needed 2k worth of work done (according to my old dentist). I looked up 'cheap dentist' on yelp, drove out to the hood, and got my work done for $800! I have found it to be reliable, but I am in Denver. Yelp isn't quite as big here, but I know that the ghetto dentist that I went to isn't paying them.
Reading Yelp reviews of restaraunts is depressing as it makes me realize how many self-impressed twats there are in the world.
The reviewers that only have one or two recent reviews I disregard. The ones that have a lot of reviews I give credence to.
I hav recently found a new internist, dentist and hair sytlist via Yelp reviews and these have all been terrific finds. No complaints.
I use YELP all the time, especially when travelling. It's not difficult to separate the hack reviewers from those who know what they're talking about, and the site is a big help when you are in an unfamiliar city or are doing something odd within your home city. I can't say that I've ever felt taken.
try 1-800-DENTIST, OP.
[quote]The ones that have a lot of reviews I give credence to.
...and those are the ones you should ignore.
They are most likely Yelp employees who either build or destroy businesses based on the shakedown or
They are 'professional yelpers' who get freebies for positive yelps.
However if someone has one or two reviews and it not on there all the time and they are either moved or angered enough to review they might have some cred.
In general Yelp should be ignored.
I hate to say it, I mean I really hate to say it, but Angies list is fairly reliable.
I hate the commercials, I hate the fee structure, but it is much more reliable than Yelp.
r8 learned all that by reading her mom's Reader's Digest, y'all.
Angie's List is a conservative-run operation that has advertised on Rush Limbaugh's show.
Angie's list has the opposite problem - since they send your personal information to companies/people you review, many members end up posting only their positive experiences.