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Someone's Always Got to Ruin it for me #6298392
08/10/18 07:51 AM
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Anyone ever have this issue? I'm upgrading and expanding my current supply of traps. I look at all the options available, quality, price, etc. My final test is the reviews. I read and everyone gives outstanding reviews except for the one guy who writes about the worst trap ever made. I think to myself, "there has to be something to this". I then have enough doubt to cause me to not be interested in that trap brand anymore. I know that there is no such thing as "the perfect trap", but I am looking for something that has good reviews or even decent reviews so that I don't question my preliminary choice and start the looking process all over again.

Re: Someone's Always Got to Ruin it for me [Re: GordenHere] #6298421
08/10/18 10:12 AM
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Saginaw, Mi
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Not everybody agrees with everybodys opinion

Re: Someone's Always Got to Ruin it for me [Re: GordenHere] #6298424
08/10/18 10:26 AM
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potter co. p.a.
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believe your eyes and not your ears.i usually could care less what someone else thinks.


quality over quantity

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Re: Someone's Always Got to Ruin it for me [Re: GordenHere] #6298428
08/10/18 10:36 AM
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Iowa
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Pick a brand that YOU think is best and go with it. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the stuff made today.

Re: Someone's Always Got to Ruin it for me [Re: GordenHere] #6298435
08/10/18 10:48 AM
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Eastern Shore of Maryland
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That one guy may not have much experience OR he is a "know it all" and the trap is a little different than he is used to so he had a mishap.


"Forgiveness".......because there is no Time Machine.

-Goofy-
Re: Someone's Always Got to Ruin it for me [Re: GordenHere] #6298439
08/10/18 10:54 AM
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Pennsylvania
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Go with Olympic judging when looking at reviews. Throw out the highest and the lowest. I also disregard any out of the box reviews. I want honest opinions from folks who actually used the products.

Re: Someone's Always Got to Ruin it for me [Re: Claypool313] #6298456
08/10/18 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted By: Claypool313
Go with Olympic judging when looking at reviews. Throw out the highest and the lowest. I also disregard any out of the box reviews. I want honest opinions from folks who actually used the products.


I use reviews when deciding on some purchases. There's always going to be a few disgruntled crackpots that give a good product a terrible review for no good reason. Likewise there's always going to be those who give glowing reviews to a product right out of the box simply because they spent their money on it.

After reading many reviews, these folks are not hard to spot.

The quoted advice is spot on.


Eh...wot?
Re: Someone's Always Got to Ruin it for me [Re: GordenHere] #6298464
08/10/18 11:43 AM
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Lower WIsconsin Riverway
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My final test is to order one each of the candidate traps and compare them in hand. Play with 'em for several days before making the decision to buy dozens of 'em.


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Re: Someone's Always Got to Ruin it for me [Re: GordenHere] #6298465
08/10/18 11:50 AM
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When considering a product I like to look at the Amazon reviews. They show positive and negative and I look for repetitive complaints on the same issue, not just one disgruntled buyer. Some reviews I ignore totally. For example, when looking at hiking boots that will be reliable for backcountry backpacking and a guy says "I just got these yesterday and the leather smells great. They don't have a scratch on them and the rubber is shiny. I haven't put them on yet but I'm sure I'm going to love them." That gets tossed as does the review by a construction worker that uses them for work. Just not applicable. On the other hand, when several folks say the top hooks broke in the first month of use, the boot gets the boot.

Re: Someone's Always Got to Ruin it for me [Re: GordenHere] #6298526
08/10/18 01:32 PM
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I’ve seen traps rated at one star and called “ terrible” because the traps were too hard to set by hand lol.


Ave don't go where the beaver don't flow
Re: Someone's Always Got to Ruin it for me [Re: EdP] #6298533
08/10/18 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted By: EdP
When considering a product I like to look at the Amazon reviews. They show positive and negative and I look for repetitive complaints on the same issue, not just one disgruntled buyer. Some reviews I ignore totally. For example, when looking at hiking boots that will be reliable for backcountry backpacking and a guy says "I just got these yesterday and the leather smells great. They don't have a scratch on them and the rubber is shiny. I haven't put them on yet but I'm sure I'm going to love them." That gets tossed as does the review by a construction worker that uses them for work. Just not applicable. On the other hand, when several folks say the top hooks broke in the first month of use, the boot gets the boot.


I too look for repeated complaints about the same thing.

One word of caution.......Amazon is now using bots to write reviews when they don't have enough from real people. They say it increases sales . Are we surprised ?


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Re: Someone's Always Got to Ruin it for me [Re: GordenHere] #6298535
08/10/18 01:43 PM
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I have bought and sold sooooooo many traps, I tried this or that and found good and bad in most of them worked my way up to MJs for yotes best trap going IMO for my needs and soil and for risky areas I use 1.75 Sleepy Creek O/S.

Been running that set up for many years now. Unless your a trust fund kid starting out with MJs would be tough so if a guy buys and sells right as the goes you can work your way to better and better over time. I'd keep an eye on what selling quickly in the Shed and buy quality traps as cheap just gets cheaper.


Always going to be guys that will tell you your wrong and then repeat back to you what you just said in another way like it was their idea. LOL It's like putting together a tool box take what you like from different people and make your own one.


Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

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Re: Someone's Always Got to Ruin it for me [Re: GordenHere] #6298538
08/10/18 01:54 PM
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I look at the detail put into a review , if they outlined an issue in great detail then I give it merit. if they just popped in and hated on something with no detail , then they are usually just a hater.

you have to remember there is a % of the population that can just never be happy and they delight in making others as unhappy as they are.


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Re: Someone's Always Got to Ruin it for me [Re: Muskrat] #6298539
08/10/18 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted By: Muskrat
My final test is to order one each of the candidate traps and compare them in hand. Play with 'em for several days before making the decision to buy dozens of 'em.


Agree and use them for a season as well.


�Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves. � � Winston Churchill








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Re: Someone's Always Got to Ruin it for me [Re: GordenHere] #6298547
08/10/18 02:26 PM
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Don't look at trap reviews...look at the traps you're interested in in person.Trap Reviews are like asking which truck is the best on a 4x4 forum. Hahaha!


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Re: Someone's Always Got to Ruin it for me [Re: GordenHere] #6298552
08/10/18 02:29 PM
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put one in my hand for 10 min and i'll tell all i need to know,til a week later when my needs change. grin


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Re: Someone's Always Got to Ruin it for me [Re: Muskrat] #6298569
08/10/18 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted By: Muskrat
My final test is to order one each of the candidate traps and compare them in hand. Play with 'em for several days before making the decision to buy dozens of 'em.


Great advice here. I have done this a few times when pondering a trap I am unfamiliar with.

Re: Someone's Always Got to Ruin it for me [Re: GordenHere] #6298582
08/10/18 03:20 PM
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Roanoke, VA
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Well I read some reviews on the new Duke #2's. But I needed to see for myself. So last year I bought 2 of them. Let's put it this way, my Bday was last Saturday and guess what I got from my wife 6 more. That's what I asked for. The dogs get bent but after season I'll change them. By the way these are the 4 coil offset. Love them.


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Re: Someone's Always Got to Ruin it for me [Re: GordenHere] #6298587
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Can't go wrong with 100 year old Newhouse! But if you could afford those you could retire somewhere pleasant and never work again!


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Re: Someone's Always Got to Ruin it for me [Re: GordenHere] #6298652
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Unless a product has nothing but negative reviews I personally would put little faith in them.

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