One of the first questions that are always asked is whether or not you can write a review about things that you don’t own. The answer is yes, you absolutely can. Of course, you would need to know about the product to be able to write about it accurately, but here are many ways that you can do this.
The first place to start is by researching online for the information that you need to know. Usually, there will be online stores selling the product. You can look up what all the customers are saying about the item in the reviews.
Usually, what happens is that you’ll see a lot of similar comments among customers. For example, you might see a lot of talk about how to use the settings and which settings work best on the product.
You might see suggestions on the size or amount of the product to order. You’ll find information about the dimensions, perks of owning the item as well as the drawbacks. What you can do is jot down these common themes to determine which points are best to address in your review.
Sometimes, when you look at the online store where the item is being sold, there might not be enough information about it for you to be able to review it correctly. That doesn’t mean that you should skip over reviewing that product.
If you keep digging, you will find the information that you need. You can do a search for the product plus the owner’s manual or “instructions for use,” and you’ll find the actual owner’s manual that’s available online.
If your search doesn’t turn this result up, you can go directly to the manufacturer’s page for the product and these manuals will sometimes be there. You’d want to skim the manual to find out what about the product is most relevant to your review or audience.
If you need more information or can’t find that manual, then you would do a search for top reviews of the item. You can also look on video sites like YouTube for tutorials on how to use the product and you’ll find a lot of information about it.
You can also just search tutorials and will also find information in text format. Sometimes, the product might be more difficult to write about. For example, you might be writing reviews on books that you’ve never read.
Search for reviews for the book, or look up the book by searching its title plus the word summary. That will usually bring up some condensed information on the book. You can also use the “sneak peek” or “look inside” feature that some online stores allow.
Look at the table of content for the book and it’ll give you a guideline about the information that it contains. You can flesh out your review using that, paired with the other information you find.