One of the drawbacks of having an uncensored review forum is that such a forum will inevitably invite people who have a vested interest in promoting one source and/or attacking another source.
How can members determine the credibility of a steroid source review?
It is not easy. But here are some things you should look for: (1) Direct evidence
: Did the review poster have direct experience with the source as a customer? Is their review the result of a transaction made with the source?
Direct evidence is clearly the gold standard for steroid source reviews.
However, this leads to another problem - fake customers (2) Fake customers
: Many source reviews are written by "fake" customers who are in reality company reps. A fake customer can give an extremely positive review to promote the source they work for. Or the fake customer can provide a negative review of competitor(s) to the sources they work for.
How can you tell the difference between a real customer and a fake customer?
While the following may not always indicate the existence of a fake customer, the probability of this occurring is much higher when: #1 Sign of Fake Customer
: The customer has only one post. The probability of a fake customer slowly decreases as the post count rises. #2 Sign of Fake Customer
: The customer may have a respectable number of posts but they all tend to promote (or attack) a single source. #3 Sign of Fake Customer
: The customer may have a respectable number of posts but a review of their posting history reveals no substantive contributions. They are "post whoring" to create the appearance legitimate member making a real source review. (3) Google
: This is hit or miss. It can give a general idea of consumer sentiment. But Google can be tricked.
Some sources spend an inordinate amount of time manipulating Google search engine results pages.
They are masters of using websites like scam.com, complaintsboard.com, pharmacyreviewer.com, etc. to smear competitors.
How many real customers post their steroid source reviews on these sites? It seems most post them directly on steroid boards where they are most likely to be read by other potential steroid buyers rather than google. If you use Google to determine the legitimacy of a source, I think it is best to look for search engine results that have reviews appearing on respectable bodybuilding and AAS websites
. (4) Administrators / Moderators of Popular AAS boards
: IMO, they often provide the least useful consumer reviews of steroid sources.
How often do you think admins/mods are scammed? Practically, never.
After all, what source is going to scam an admin or mod?
This means that their "direct" experiences will almost always be positive This is the primary method by which selective scammers operate: they keep admins/mods/vets happy and screw a lot of the rest
These admins/mods may have innocently been "used" by scammers. Long-time admins/mods are familiar with this type of scam. New admins/mods may not be.
Then, there are always those mods who have been corrupted by the lure of free gear...
This is not always the case. There are some good guys out there:
(5) Respected Veterans
: There are some guys out there (including some mods and admins) that have established a strong reputation over the years for providing credible information and guidance to members in this community. They are worth listening to even if they don't have direct experience as a consumer
Feel free to add some more ways of identifying credible source reviews....