well, the less money you have to spend on your hobbies, the more you want to make sure you will not waste it on something that is not likely to suit you.
I agree with what you say to an extent, but some kids out there don’t have the luxury to spend $100+ on something right out of the blue. there are bad throws out there, there are bad and very expensive throws out there and when you can only afford one or two high end yoyo in a year of time, you do not want to take a wild guess and hope it’ll turn out alright.
thankfully, and for various reasons, I’m not one of these persons, and I can actually afford to take you up on your advice (maybe I even will)
the responsibility lies on the reviewer to be objective. and unfortunately I don’t find many objective reviews on some throws, simply because sometimes your judgment gets altered by the price you had to pay, the effort it took to buy something. Our nature always will try to justify our spending even against reason sometimes (and more often than not).
I try to be objective on my blog, when I review a yoyo.
there’s a line between “liking something” and “assessing its qualities, pros and cons etc…”
I always take the band “the beatles” as an example. I do not like their music, but I admit that it is good music. those two can go together and reviewers have to learn to differentiate what is subjective (whether or not you like the yoyo) and what is objective (the quality, spin time, stability, finish and ano quality, play style, solid, floaty etc…, things that can be assessed, measured)
the latter is what a good review should be about, because when someone looks for information, he or she should be given just that, information, as objective as possible.
Of course, the reviewer can and should give his personal opinion, but without mixing up his personal preference and the objective quality.
Another example, the C3 darkstar and DiBase are great yoyos, but I don’t like playing with them as I find them too floaty while I prefer fairly solid throws.
perfect counter example are stuff like say the anti-yo bapezilla. it is a very likeable throw, I actually have one, paid $200 for it. it’s not a bad throw, for 2006. but it’s way behind 2012 standards, lots of things have changed in 6 years. And while many of us really loved playing with our commodore amiga, we would all agree that it was an awesome computer back then, but it’s not really relevant anymore now that we have playstation or xboxes and whatnot. even the way people play have changed since then. Same goes for stuff like the FHZ (that said I like the new version very much) and other throws.
Anyway, reviews are important, but good and objective reviews are primordial. And I still see too much biased reviews of expensive throws. I get flamed when I say that some throws are not worth what they’re going for. People fail to realize that the price can also be a sales argument (and a perfectly valid one).
Apple can also be a good example (and I couldn’t live without my ipod). Sometimes you pay more for looks and hype than you pay for objective quality or technical worth. I have no problem whatsoever with people telling me they’re buying an ipad for looks & hype, I actually respect that. But don’t try to convince me that it’s actually the most useful thing of this kind you could get for that kind of money.
truth is, looks and hype make value, and we should accept that. The value of a throw such as the bape or the YWET is not in their objective performance. But in a review, we should point that out and not hide it behind untrue performance assessments. no, the YWET does NOT play that well, but it looks good and has lots of hype behind it, it’s a collector. Same goes for 3yo3 acrylics, I love them with all my heart and they’re absolutely gorgeous, but I have yet to play one that plays like a genesis.
so reviews are important, opinions matter, but we should not let our judgment clouded by the price we paid. it’s alright to admit that we succumbed to hype, this is how the world goes today anyway and we’re no better. and it’s not that big of a deal to be a fashion victim nowadays. (well, truly it’s a tragedy, but we got to live with it, that’s another discussion).
it’s not all black or all white anyways, but we got to try our best, as reviewers, to inform as objectively as possible. IMO, there’s still lots of work to do there.