I don’t choose solely on the critical reviews but if something has 20% in 1-2 stars, it’s helpful for me to know if it’s because the color is off or if it’s because the device left a smoldering heap on the kitchen counter (see: an alarming number of name brand programmable coffee makers on the market right now ).
I don’t care if the color of a cable is off. If my kitchen wasn’t already mismatched, I would care about a color being off for an appliance. If it’s a shirt or skirt, I probably care about the color.
If it plugs into the mains and doesn’t have some kind of US recognizable evaluation, it’s a risk I don’t want to take.
Maybe yes, maybe no. I only have reviewers’ word to go on. If a seller is lying about the actual manufacturer of the item, I’m not going to trust their engineers did their jobs and their factory had good quality control.
I bought non-Apple lightning cables a few weeks ago. I read the product description carefully to make sure they weren’t making bogus claims about who made it. Then I read the critical reviews to see if people were talking about miswired cables. I bought the cables and they work fine.
I shouldn’t have to go through all that but I’m not passing up 3rd party brands. I’m just being cautious. Given the potential consequences, I’m not sure why caution would be such a bad thing.
One review usually can’t (unless it’s that guy from Google who reviews USB-C cables or someone equally dedicated lol). Two or three reviews about a coffee maker literally catching fire is a data point I have to take seriously though.
ETA: this whole post is a response but something went wrong.