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Bleeker St is an amazing new way to try your favorite brands. You can check out who is hosting ... More

Editor's review

Published 4 Dec 2019

You can look at as many photos or videos as you like when researching a product that you are interested in buying but there's nothing like a live demonstration to see how good it performs in real life. However, that's not always possible to achieve. Let's face it, you're not necessarily going to find the exact same camera that you are interested in on display at the local shop. Even if you do manage to find it and the retail assistant is happy to demonstrate it, you're still going to get a salesperson's take on how well it works and whether it is good value for money. The bottom line here is that they want to sell you the goods and will probably exaggerate its qualities a little. Well, here's a new app that can go some way to solving both those problems. 

Bleeker St - presumably named after the legendary entertainment street in New York City though it is spelled slightly differently - is a social commerce app for iOS that is a great way to test out your favorite brands wherever you are. The difference here is that, rather than having the salesperson in the shop extolling a product's virtues, the review that you get is an unbiased one from a previous purchaser of the product who happens to live in your local vicinity. This app shows you who will host the demo locally with no sales pitch and no hard selling. Just honest opinion from a passionate owner. 

In order to book a demo you can buy points to compensate your reviewer. It may cost around five or ten bucks but that could well be worth it if it gives you an unbiased opinion and you don't have travel miles to hear it. The last thing you want is to do is to spend a lot of money on a product and end up with a bit of a lemon so Bleeker St is a great way to try out a favored brand. This becomes especially important if the item you are interested in is a set of speakers or a ceiling fan. Let's face it, no amount of pictures is going to tell you how good they sound or how well they work, are they?

Bleeker St isn't limited to visiting hosted demos either. You can also offer your own services to host demos and get paid for it too. Not only will you be able to share your knowledge of a product but you'll also be able to make a little money on the side while you do it. And then there's the social side. What better way is there to introduce yourself to the local community than to bring people into your home and talk to them about something that you feel passionate about. 

Once you've downloaded the app you can see just who is hosting demos in your local area and get to see just what they are demonstrating. Buy some $5 or $10 points to compensate them for their time or put your own name down with the product that you have that others might be interested in. It could be your latest camera, those speakers that you just bought or the Ovation acoustic that's been sitting in the corner doing nothing for a couple of months. With so much product being bought online these days and Main Street stores becoming a thing of the past, Bleeker St offers purchasers the chance to try before they buy. It's available for free download now for iPhone and iPad from the App Store. 

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