ThoughtCo Commerce Editorial Guidelines & Mission

Our Team

We’re a team of experienced writers and editors who obsessively scour the retail landscape (both online and off) to find the best products for your life. Besides being experts in our fields, having worked for brands like Amazon, Ebay, and Time  — we’re consumers too — and we personally have a passion for products and services that make your life easier.

Our Mission

It is our mission to help our users make the best purchase decisions — it’s that simple.

The internet offers endless consumer choice with millions of products at your fingertips. To be honest, it can be more than a little overwhelming and time-consuming to sort through all the options. That’s where we come in. We streamline the research process so you can find what you’re looking for — quickly and reliably.

What We Do

We exhaustively research and recommend a broad range of products and ultimately make a curated list of recommendations from writers with subject-matter expertise in every product category we cover. We do receive an affiliate commission on some, but not all, of the products that we recommend if you decide to click through to the retailer site and make a purchase.

After we publish an article, we don’t just forget about it. Our team is relentless when it comes to updating and keeping our existing recommendations fresh, accurate, and helpful. We have our fingers on the pulse when it comes to the latest new product releases, from test prep books, to online tutoring services, to college guidebooks.

Our recommended products run the gamut from budget to splurge-worthy, and we’re not loyal to any one specific retailer or brand. We make it a point to source recommendations from reliable companies who deliver exemplary customer service, so you can have a seamless shopping experience.

We also know how frustrating it can be to do your research on a product only to add it to your cart and see that it’s out of stock, so we try to mitigate this by having dedicated editors check availability daily to provide you with the best user experience possible.

Why you should trust us

When it comes to buying educational products, let’s face it: Everyone could benefit from some helpful advice (even us). We tap into our network of experts to help you make smarter purchases — and to avoid that dreaded buyer’s remorse. We tell you what you need to know before buying and what you should flag as major deal breakers. Our independent writers pick products that are the best in their category and they do not know the terms of any of our affiliate partnerships, so you can be sure you are getting authentic and trustworthy recommendations.

If you have questions, comments, or opinions you’d like to share with our team of editors, please feel free to email us at commercefeedback@dotdash.com.