So about a month back I was invited to check out a Google Chrome extension called Lustre and this extension is another shopping assistant extension like some other ones but differs in that instead of particularly finding you coupons to put on your check out page this one helps you find the best product based on category you are looking at and concatenates reviews from several other sources to give you a solid rating system that is outside just the one site you are on and visiting. So instead of having to rely on Amazon reviews only which can be purchased or falsified you get a scoring from many other review sites giving you a more accurate picture of how the product actually does and where it stacks up against other products in the same category.
As mentioned, Lustre is an Extension you install on your Google Chrome browser, and after you download and install Lustre you will see the little red/bluish heart shaped V symbol next to your extensions on the right of your URL bar. Now you can click this plugin anytime and use it to search for products, categories and whatnot it can be your place to start when you want to look for something.
But it also functions as a way to help point out products and information when you are browsing on a shopping site like Amazon.
You can see the extension becomes active when you are on a shopping site that it can scan and support, it will be colored in instead of gray. Then when you search or browse products on that shopping site, say Amazon.com in this case you will see that there is a Lustre button that shows up with a rating when a product is found and matched with the Lustre database. You can see from a look at PC Gaming Controllers below that one has an Excellent rating from Lustre while the other has a Good rating.
Just Click on the rating button and you will get a popup with more information, so clicking on the Razer Wolverine Ultimate Lustre button shows that Toms Guide gives it an 8/10 and you can see the price on Amazon and Walmart showing Amazon is the better price.
You also have the ability to drill deeper and see other products in different price classes, compare tech specs and more. Let’s look at another example with a chromebook 2 in 1 comparison.
Searching for Chromebook 2 in 1 on Lustre and I can see different Chromebook recommendations based on different price classes and categories. You can drill down to see tech specs comparisons where it can pull information from one of the stores it connects to and shows you comparisons.
In addition you will see a very simple and consolidated breakout of reviews from major sources that have mentioned or given that particular product model a review score. These reviews are scraped from PCMag, Laptop Mag, Tom’s Guide, Android Central, Techradar, TrustedReviews and many more. The cover a wide range of sites including for non-tech products too so Lustre can be used to search for just about anything.
In short, before you make a decision to purchase a product, or if you want to scan more reviews and information than just relying on Amazon reviews of a product you should check out and install the Lustre plugin because you can never have too much information on a product before you purchase it and it is good to know how other sites/stores stat and rate a product rather than rely on Amazon reviews alone anymore since many stores can purchase reviews to inflate review ratings on Amazon.