This got me wondering...

Was shown a product today, doesn't matter what it was, because that part is irrelevant for question. Just out of unsubstantiated curiosity, I'm curious to hear other opinions .

How do you judge a product during first impressions period? Doesn't matter if it's a piece of software, gadget, food product, or all of the aforementioned at the same time.

As I just said - I was shown a product today, well, okay ... not in-person, and not actually shown, rather, made aware of a product. And after looking at it, I realized, that I can no longer look at a product and not focus on "red flags" or look for "where's the catch?". This product, that I'll just keep referring to as "the product" for the sake of keeping it neutral, was unfamiliar to me - I know nothing of it's manufacturer, so any trust to the brand is non-existant, the product brief on the website only made me question every marketing bulletpoint claim they had listed, aņd it didn't make me interested enough to go look up feedback from other users. This drew my attention to the realization that I do this with everything - I only look for whatever i'm looking for... I no longer pay any attention to discovery or suggestions. If I'm looking for HW, I'll focus on what it can and cannot do for the price and the actual first impression will form from using it, if it's SW - same deal, but actual first impression will form based on cross-platform compatibility, state/quality of documentation. Oppose to me, back in the day, where I'd just pick it up irregardless and "flubbed it" along somehow until it worked out.

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    That's expected isn't it? You learned through experience, and the older you are the more valuable your time becomes. Sinking time into a product that may not be a good deal for you is simply no longer worth it.

    In short, the cost of evaluating a thing rises with age, but the value of the product for you decreases with your own knowledge of things and needs

    At a certain point you simply can't afford to "just wing it" imo
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    I am simple I look up what most people buy and how they comment on those products and I buy same things.

    I rarely read portal reviews, watch videos or photos, stuff like that. I ignore ads.
    I only do it when many people recommend.

    What I’m missing from shopping public data is to see how many people bought this product and what they bought and how much they paid for it. That data without identification would be awesome.
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    @Hazarth that's something I didn't think of - it's true, about the experience. I was looking at it I've become desensitized to marketing ... oppose to the desired effect it has the completely adverse effect of driving me away.

    @vane partially the same - I'll try to find written user reviews l feedback, rather than watching some, probably sponsored, Youtube video review. Alsoz product returns would be an interesting / useful data point
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    Common in game development.

    The guy who made rim world, Tynan Sylvester, said that userfeedback on *first impressions*, the "experience" was more useful than the suggestions. Don't know if thats true. If you're aiming for a very *specific* experience or impression, then testing with new people does the job, and you can diff the feedback to see if the design of the product is moving closer to the first-time impression or experience you're going for.

    If you want to see this in action, desinging with first impressions in mind, go watch the development videos for Until Dawn.

    They hooked people up to EKG to measure their fear and panic, and then tweaked their scenes to maximize it.

    AB testing the human experience is what they did.

    I imagine product designers in the future, for brands like apple, might measure pupil dilation when a crowd first sees a new design.

    Come to think of it, thats kinda dystopian.
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