Here at iliketheworldfuzzy, we’re often asked to review products and offer our opinions on them for the benefit of our readers. Recently, we were given the chance to review a product that’s been generating a lot of buzz in the media of late: political primaries. More and more people have started using them and, while results will always vary, we at iliketheworldfuzzy have worked with industry experts to test the product, explore the pros and cons, and review the alternatives, and we’re ready to share our recommendation as to whether political primaries are worth the purchase price.
Until lately, they’ve been something of a luxury product, which may account for the paucity of material on the subject. Management overhaul, however, has recently focused on broadening the market, making a previously rarefied commodity available to a much larger demographic. The question many are asking, and that we aim to answer in this review, is: has that come at the expense of quality? Disclaimer: we at iliketheworldfuzzy were provided with this product free of charge, and indeed against our will, for the purpose of this review. We will receive no compensation, though we have requested reimbursement for our time, pain and suffering, and lost faith in humanity.
First, a description of the product: political primaries are marketed to children 18 and up and promise an exciting and interactive way to build a party candidate for a general election. Unlike previous versions, in which the end result was designed almost entirely behind the scenes, this most recent prototype has a more Choose-Your-Own-Adventure feel to it, in which fans are encouraged to vote for the model they like the best. Of course, the actual end result is still put together almost entirely behind the scenes, but the fan interaction brings a warm, almost sincere-seeming touch to the product while also promoting that holy grail of advertising, word-of-mouth, which is conveniently free of legal restrictions like accuracy and thus keeps the cost of the product to a minimum. It’s a clever marketing ploy, but does the product deliver? Here’s our verdict:
1. Pros and Cons
The most important question in a product review is, does the product do what it’s supposed to do? The answer to this for political primaries is: yes and no. Political primaries promise to deliver a candidate for the general election, and most of the time, they do. However, after repeated use, the quality of the candidates becomes highly unstable, increasing the potential for the product to catch fire or melt down during especially intense election years. Though the Howard Dean model has been phased out since the infamous implosion incident, reports still come in about candidates becoming over-inflated and filled with hot air. Journalists in particular should be aware of this danger, as most models react explosively to being questioned on their facts or on how they plan to implement their platforms.
Most disturbing is the potential of the product not to deliver a candidate at all; this happened with one of our experts while testing the product. When we called the manufacturer, BigGov Corp, for guidance as to how to proceed after the product broke, we were told to send the model into their Brokered Convention Center for repairs. Despite repeated requests for clarification, BigGov Corp declined to specify who was working on the product, what was being done, and what was actually wrong in the first place. After several weeks, we received back a completed candidate for general election and, while the candidate was viable, it was not quite what our tester had in mind when she began the process. To their credit, BigGov Corp did provide the promised result, but it’s clear that with political primaries, as with all market commodities, it’s buyer beware.
2. Quality and Ease of Use
BigGov Corp assures consumers that there will be no decline in the quality of political primaries as they expand their intended market. To evaluate this claim, our testers pulled archival information on previous versions of this product. While the current models appear quite polished and appealing, close scrutiny reveals flaws in character and rationality hidden beneath a thin coating of popular appeal that is unlikely to last past the first-ninety-days warranty. Though no version has been completely free of imperfections, today’s consumers should not expect quality equivalent to the popular William Jennings Bryan model or to demand the Lincoln-Douglas debates from the product currently offered for sale.
In the positive column comes ease of use; this is where the new version really shines. BigGov Corp’s recent product overhaul makes political primaries more accessible than ever. None of the models we tested required a sophisticated understanding of economics, history, international relations, or reality, making this product perfect for those who are looking for an entertaining diversion that takes little to no analytical thinking. Previous incarnations garnered criticism for the amount of independent research that consumers had to do in order to understand the issues raised, and many complained of headaches after putting in too much thought. Today’s political primaries have no such drawbacks, and every candidate our testers developed had the ability to appeal to emotion and knee-jerk patriotism while entirely avoiding the pitfalls of logic and reason. BigGov Corp has really done a remarkably good snow job in this category.
While BigGov Corp has essentially cornered the political primary market, lesser-known alternatives do exist. Those who have a sensitivity to government or the rule of law may want to try caucuses, which are produced and marketed by private political parties and aren’t subject to most election laws. Also gaining traction are third-party candidacies. These have great appeal for those who have had bad experiences with BigGov products and come in a wide array of options. The Green Party has carved out a significant niche market, as has the Libertarian Party, and indeed some enterprising consumers have designed their own third parties, with varying results.
The downside to third-party candidacies, however, is that the end products, while interesting to build and often exhibiting more colorful platforms than their more traditional counterparts, tend to lose power fairly quickly and do not often yield viable candidates. Still, it’s a market to watch, and may be a worthwhile investment for those thinking long-term.
As always with a product review, the question comes down to cost vs. benefit. BigGov Corp, while it has made quite a few concessions in its attempt to broaden the appeal of its political primaries, is still selling a high-cost product when all is said and done. The initial charge is relatively low, but an examination of the final bill includes a number of fees and surcharges not included in the list price. Many consumers have decried the surcharge for fact-checking, citing the low quality of the truthfulness components in most models, and there’s been some controversy over the legality of the ultimatum fee, which charges the consumer to continue supporting their candidate in the general election “or else”.
Still, BigGov Corp is selling the must-have product of the season, and with all its flaws, political primaries do usually deliver on their promises. We at iliketheworldfuzzy simply caution consumers to read the fine print, know what they’re getting into, and recognize that, while political primaries do produce candidates, they make no promises to produce responsible government officials. For those who want to purchase a political primary from BigGov Corp and begin building a candidate, the product is available on their website at rightswhatrights.comm; for an easy transaction, have your desired model number ready. Political primaries are shipped in discreet red, white, and blue bunting and can be purchased for the low, low price of your soul.
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