The online version is a ripoff

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“The online version is a ripoff”

Written on: 28/01/2012 by yaddayadda (1 review written)

I really appreciate the Dog and Lemon for the impartial, albeit often over the top and brutal, reviews of vehicles. Taken with a grain of salt its an excellent source of info.

What i do have a serious problem with is the online version. Gone are the days of sitting on the toilet having a quick flick through. Online is the only option and reviews are purchased individually or in packs. The price is nothing short of extortionate and the service you receive is terrible.

From dogandlemon.com site:
"Most folks want to compare a few cars, so we've added discounts if you buy several reviews at once. 3 reviews for $10, 8 reviews for $20, 15 reviews for $30"

Ouch! There was apparently 1800 reviews in the printed version or something like that. So given that each listing is now worth about $2/review (if purchased in a discount pack of $30 for 15 reviews) the book would not be worth about $3600! REALLY?!

So what do we get for this massive price increase? Essentially what you are purchasing is a scanned version of their printed copy. It is a catalogue and nothing more.

For this price in this day i would expect to be able to run customisable searches for vehicles in their extensive vehicle database eg I'm looking for a manual diesel van. I want to be able to access ranked comparisons of vehicles according to such important purchase considerations such as safety, reliability oh whatever else tickles my fancy.

I can't even do a simple search for "Van". I have to already know the van model for each manufacturer in order to even be able to consider purchasing a review. How lame is that?!

Come on fellas. Get out to the 90's. Step on up.

Until the Dog and Lemon face reality and do a complete overhaul of their service i would consider this nothing short of a complete rip off.

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