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When buying a knife, a tool with specific and varied purposes, you have to understand how you will use the tool. If you just want it because you've got money burning in your pocket, good for you - there are better knives out there believe me. However, if you're trying to get a solid knife with a good edge and intelligent design in the tang, handle, locking/safety features, maintenance aspect, etc, then you need to carefully read more about the tool itself. Massdrop only gives you so much info and you can't do everything without a trusted community of people who are reviewing the product.
This is actually my biggest single gripe with Massdrop in general. They bargain buy so you get savings, but the consumer education piece paradigm they have established is more of a one-way street than it could be. We get details that they've curated (and they are well-written and displayed, the design is slick and UX is easy) but we need actual REVIEWS. I understand as more drops happen across the space-time continuum, things can be written so some sort of organic document of past drops forms a picture of what the product is like, but you should make a better repository for people's opinions about the the products and the drops themselves. We would love more transparency on this site and a way to educate ourselves within the UI you've already established because the style is bitching otherwise.
Holler at your boy.
I take offense to calling us one-sided marketers. It's actually almost completely against what we do at Massdrop. This product is on the site because of the poll for it: https://www.massdrop.com/vote/knife-poll/result where 90+ people democratically voted for it. We let people talk about how good or bad the product is, and we let people point users to other/alternative vendors (I can't think of any other site that allows you to post alternative vendor pricing openly on their comments). If we're one-sided, it's the demand side because we sell what the community wants to buy, instead of what vendors want to sell (and profit from).
The useful piece I get out of your comment is that we need a way to make the user-generated content more consumable, and that is a constructive comment that we fully agree with and we're working on doing that in the next iteration.
But one-sided marketers.. ouch that hurts :(