Showing 2 to 3 eggs on Newegg is not solely indicative of a bad product, or even bad quality. While there are certainly competent, knowledgeable consumers whom post reviews on the products they purchased, there are far more irate, and ignorant consumers that post as well. Its fairly common for someone to complain about a product if an issue is found, not everyone is going to rave about a product, so naturally the bad reviews will almost always outweigh the good. A great deal of the consumers that post negative feedback on products lack the technical knowledge and diagnostic skills to properly ascertain the true cause of their problems. I am not saying that bad quality products does not exist, I am merely stating that more often than not, someone will complain about a product when they have had a negative experience with it, and in some cases the root cause can be isolated as user error.
I would not suggest basing any purchase based on the consumer reviews that you are posted on Newegg. You are a member of one the best places to talk about said products, and a great deal of the members of this forum have vast knowledge of the products your looking at. I would rather trust threads from OCN on any product over what is seemingly mindless drivel posted on the Newegg site at times.
In terms of quality, there will always be escaping defects from any manufacturing facility. It does not matter how much money you spend or how reputable the brand name is, even the most reputable brands and the highest rated items will have defects. Its the support from the retailer and manufacturer that really makes the difference. Every purchase you make is like rolling a set of dice, you never really know what your going to get.
I always research the product before I purchase it. I read reviews from reputable sites, compare product features, look for quality components (I.E. cheap Chinese caps vs. quality Japanese caps), and lastly look for forum feedback. There is a vast wealth of information on this site, dare I say it, if you took 10% of the information on this site, it would be worth more and be more accurate than all of the feedback posted on Newegg Edited by Mattb2e - 3/30/12 at 7:39pm