Hey if reviews work for you than good! It sounds like you know what you're doing when reading them. I would guess a majority of people don't however.
Too me, starting out in any hobby/sport you take your lumps buying gear, that's how you find out what you like or dislike. Sure reading reviews may help that first time buyer, but they won't know what they want till they actually get out there.
Agreed... Maybe we need a thread on here about how to read reviews with a grain of salt?!?
If you took every review literally we'd all be on Lib Tech T.Rice Pros...
I think the thing is we can't force the consumer to use common sense, but we can try to put our subjective opinions out there and let people have at it!