Although online shopping is immensely convenient by enabling us to purchase almost anything right from our homes, one thing missing in the shopping experience is that we can not touch and feel the goods to get a more intuitive sense about them as in bricks-and-mortar stores. Just think of all the frustrating moments when you received a product which is completely different from the promotion pictures and depictions in terms of quality and function. To avoid these annoying moments, we can learn more about a certain product by reading someone else’s reviews before the purchase, what’s even better now, we can test and review them ourselves.

Smzdm.com (an acronym for Chinese “what’s worth buying”), an independent website that helps customers to find the most cost-effective products online, launched a crowdsource testing platform which invites users to test products for companies free of charge. According a previous statement of the company, testers do not have to return the testing products as long as they can submit a qualified testing review.

By submitting reviews of leaving messages, testers can earn credits or coins on the platform. Different amounts of credits or coins are demanded for participating in tests for different kinds of products in a bid to guarantee the expertise of the testers.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.