There are thousands of retailers around the web that would love your business. The trouble is knowing whether they're legit or you're wasting your money. That's where SiteJabber comes in: Their new Chrome extension makes it easy to find out before you buy.
Once installed, the SiteJabber extension goes to work on your search results and the pages you visit. When you search for a product, or anything really, you'll see the SiteJabber logo next to your search results, colour coded to display what the SiteJabber community thinks of that site or retailer. Green is on the up and up, yellow means that the retailer or site has had some mixed reviews, and red means the majority of the ratings are poor. Grey means the site is unrated.
The service operates on a five-star rating system, which of course is a double-edged sword, and the reviews aren't always useful. While we didn't find a lot of fake reviews, we did find a lot of sites with few reviews or just plain vengeful reviews (aka, Yelp Syndrome) which kind of poison the well. We also saw lots of reviews with no useful information, or people rating sites poorly (and highly) with no real reason or justification. SiteJabber has been around for a long time though, and rather than taking it as the last word on a website or retailer, use it as another data point to help you decide whether to give it a try -- or to broaden your shopping horizons a bit. You don't have to sign up for a SiteJabber account to use the add-on, but it's a good idea if you'd like to join the community.