Amazon Associate Disclaimer
Giovanni Sasso is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.
“Amazon, the Amazon logo, AmazonSupply, and the AmazonSupply logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.”
As an Amazon Associate I, Giovanni Sasso, earn a percentage from qualifying purchases made on Amazon.com. The cost is the same to you. You DO NOT pay extra. For example, if (and when) you click a link for a product on Chainsaw Journal, and the link takes you to Amazon.com — I earn a percentage of your purchases over a 24 hour period. You pay what you’d normally pay, and I get a commission from your purchase(s).
The Value of Money
I only recommend products that I feel are worth your money, based on data — meaning, the average rating from buying consumers, paired with other data such as the brand itself, the history of the brand, service network, industrial design quality, etc. I do not recommend products that I would not consider buying based on budget and circumstances. We’re all different and I try to put myself in the shoes of other homeowners. IE. “If I just wanted a cheap generator to keep my fridge running when the power goes out, not concerned about brand, just reliability, what is a good value? What might I buy?”
I am, by nature, critical and analytical. I try to look at a problem from diverse perspectives not just my own point of view and inherent bias. It’s essential to be aware of and respect the diverse needs of all us, as humans and as shoppers. The ‘right’ decision is contextual, not absolute, and there is no one singular option that everyone should buy. We are all different, and I respect that; continually trying to provide a range of ideas and recommendations in the hope that you will make a smart decision.
I know some people simply want to buy the ‘cheapest’ product, but if you do that, you’ll likely be disappointed in the long-run — and waste your money. Price is too singular a focus to make an intelligent decision. Although, price + projected reliability is the minimum formula to find a product worth buying. Price is relevant unless you’re wealthy, but buying the cheapest will lead you to make dumb decisions and I try my best to spread that idea throughout the site. It’s not that I’m trying to get you to buy the most expensive product so I’ll make more money, rather, I want you to make the best decision for the long-term. That’s my approach. There are plenty of websites out there that you can use to make a decision. It’s up to you to determine what product you should buy and whose advice you should take.
One core principle that I adhere to is quite simple : Does this product do what it’s supposed to, reliably and safely?
Beyond that, the discussion shifts to secondary requirements and individual needs, such as :
More on this later. Let’s look at the official terms.
When determining what products to recommend to my readers I ask myself a series of questions : Would I personally buy this product? If I were looking (example), for a heavy-duty log splitter, would I buy (or consider buying) this 25-ton Champion (100251) model? Is this a brand I respect or trust? What’s their reputation like? Have they (the company) been around a long time?
What’s the average customer rating on Amazon, Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart? Etc. I analyze the entire landscape associated with the product in order to decide whether or not its worth sharing with you and our readers. Personally, I hate wasting my time. I have no interest in trying to get you to buy something you don’t need. I genuinely want to help, which to me means, providing accurate information supported by insightful adjacent perspectives. My goal is to share a diversity of options — from “good” to exceptional,” — trusting you have the intelligence to make the appropriate final decision, rooted in your practical needs, budget and experience level.
I genuinely try to give actionable information and usable advice. It’s simple, in theory. In practice, it takes work. My aim is to make your life easier, by speeding up the decision-making process, so you can move on, get away from the computer and do better things with your time.
Independent Advice and Opinions
All the information on the products recommended, or discussed, on this site site are strictly based on research and data available online, and in some cases, based on personal experience. Opinions and recommendations from the writers are independent and do not represent the views of Amazon.com.
We do not have any sponsored content. The decisions on which products to recommend are not influenced by anything other than data such as customer reviews, manufacturer’s data, specs, studies, videos, press releases, technology reports — all of which are readily accessible online. In the end, it’s an amalgamation of data that feeds into my personal recommendations for products I feel are worth the money.
I strongly believe (and data proves) that the average opinion of a diverse set of consumers is more accurate of the overall value, reliability and quality of an item; in comparison to the opinion of one person, as discussed in the book “The Wisdom of Crowds.”
The products recommended on this site are rooted in this philosophy — in addition to a range of diverse theories, such as the history of a brand and its commitment to engineering, range of service and support, and the transparency of how the company operates and shares information with the public, etc. We do not test products first-hand. Again, we look at available data and form our own opinions based on the aggregate.
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Without you this would not exist
Let me add this, without the readers of this site, the ones who end up buying something on Amazon — without you, this site would not exist. It only exists because I’m able to make enough money to continue to grow it and live my life. It’s sustainable and therefore I continue to build it, hoping that people will trust it and find it valuable — over time. I work on this for the long-term, making it better every day. If this was not sustainable, then I would cease to work on it. It would disappear.
Why am I telling you this? It’s simple. Thank-you for being a reader and putting trust in the site. Thank-you if you’ve ever purchased anything through any of the links of the site. I know that advertising can be insidious and distracting. I’ve done my best to try to balance the way I share information to readers. I genuinely only recommend products that I think are relevant, well-priced, well-made and worth your money.
It’s a lot of work but it’s worthwhile because enough people buy through the site which is motivating and encouraging. I get plenty of “Thank-you” emails from readers who recognize the value and quality of the site, so they reach out and thank me. It all works because of you. As in life, we evolve, we grow, we adapt and we change with the times. This site continue to evolve as I do. Again, thank-you for your time.