Do Many Positives Make a Negative (Review)?

Oh my.

YNAB Pro on Amazon has received many, many favorable reviews (thanks to everyone that’s written one!). However, apparently, too many positive reviews are a bad thing. From one reviewer:

Don’t be mislead by the lengthy positive reviews for this product, they appear to be fake.


One commenter further solidified this rock-solid assumption:

Awefully suspicious how there are so many five star reviews on this product. I don’t think I’ve ever seen another product on Amazon (esp software) rated so high. Thanks for this post; this makes me nervous and I am steering clear of this product.

Alas. I suppose too many positives do make a negative… if you’d like to leave a review, be my guest. But please make it real ;)

8 Responses to “Do Many Positives Make a Negative (Review)?”

  1. Sherelle Salaver

    on an unrelated note, when does it come out for Macs?!!? and is there a discounted price if you already bought PRO for Windows and switched over? I don’t want to use an emulator, I just want YNAB in all its Mac goodness.

  2. Eric

    Perhaps you should pull a “Reverse-Belkin” and hire some people to write bad reviews

  3. chad walker

    Jesse, I’ve been meaning to put up a review of YNAB on Amazon for a while now, and your post just pushed me to do it. In my review I addressed what I think the many positive reviews for it are really for, your method. When people finally get control of their money, they are over-joyed and it shows in the amazon reviews. The software is good, but it’s the YNAB method that puts it into the win category.

    Thanks for making bill paying fun!

  4. Eric

    You can please some of the people all of the time, but you can never please ALL of the people all of the time! Unfortunately, I think that some people are looking at YNAB with their Quicken or MS Money glasses on. They’re expecting all those extra “that’s what my money bought me” features, than frankly don’t do a thing to help them wrap their head around how to get control of their finances.

    Jesse, I’m sure that you’re not going to let this get you down. You have a tremendous product wrapped up with an extremely simple, yet effective, philosophy for budgeting. Keep up the good work! I have already turned a number of my friends on to your product.

    People are always going to be wary of things that are too good to be true, but I believe you’re product actually is that good! Some people just can’t accept that.

  5. Eric

    By the way, the 2 Eric comments are from two different Erics. :)

  6. Momo

    I think it’s plain silly to read someone’s comment that says, “ooh it just can’t be that good!” and come to the conclusion that you won’t even TRY IT. That person is shooting themselves in the foot.

  7. CS

    I have to say I am firm believer that if something seems too good to be true, it usually is. However, I don’t think that really applies in this case. YNAB reinforces a basic fundamental to budgeting and financial growth. I think these days people get so overwhelmed by all of the financial gurus out there, drilling into our heads about investing in mutual funds and living revocable trusts, that they just shut down to any mention of personal finances. What I love about YNAB is that it starts you literally from the very beginning. Anyone can benefit from this program. You don’t have to make $50K to put to use what YNAB teaches. What good is information on retirement planning and investing, if you don’t have the funds to apply towards it? YNAB helps you get to that point in an easy to understand, step-by-step program. It’s a great program and I am so glad I found it.

  8. Lexi

    I have not yet purchased this product, but so thinking of ding it. I am currently using the method for budgeting through the book “Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey. YNAB so fits the same idea and methods, but they have the software already established to input the figures. Where now I am creating the excel sheets all by myslef. So time consuming! If I can get my husband to agree, I will be buying this product. And the whole too many positives can be a negative, I dont agree with that either.

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