CaveRat, on Feb 10 2009, 10:02 AM, said:
Now with regards to a test facility, actually a reputable company will employ an independent verification service. They will pay for this validation and earn the right to include the results of the testing in their promotion of the product. But they do have to pay for the service. And a reputable testing lab will give them their evaluation, good or bad. So the reputable manufatcurer will do their best to build a quality product BEFORE submitting it to test.
I agree with you on all points, so I just wanted to address this. One of the problems is that the majority of these devices are not mass produced in quantities that would allow this kind of investment. There can be many reasons for that. And it even offers reasonability to the price that is charged. I actually encourage this type of thing. Most of the best ideas in history have been discovered that way. But on the flip side, anything new-age, paranormal, etc.. has become somewhat of fad and an easy market for snake-oil salesman, because as you noted, there is no proof required. You either believe or you don't. Odd folks like us that land on both sides at different times, are definitely not the norm.
I guess this is why I suggested it the way that I did. An independent group that received donations, or whatever (maybe even a blog that people can send a device to be 'reviewed' and then returned, or whatever) would end up much more objective, I think. And of course, all that could be tested was its suitability to its intended purpose. That's why the few review sites out there just don't cut it for me. They are targetted to simply hyping it or talking about how it went off and spooked them on an investigation. That isn't really helpful.
I agree, it isn't really a necessary thing, but more of a helpful thing. And I think these people would get more sales as a result of it and as you noted, the quality would improve when the expectations are a bit higher.
Edited by Retro, 10 February 2009 - 10:39 AM.