*I previously posted this with Google Maps but feel the need to post it here as well.*
My personal experience with Raven (Rave) is irrelevant at this point. However, I can say after several failed attempts to shop here, I've not given this establishment one dime of my hard earned money.
That aside, why does Rave's Oh My Goth seem to have such high reviews? Let's take a look at the four pages of reviews listed with Google.
Working backwards, as this is how they are listed, I read each and every review (this woman pissed me off fierce) that is listed on Google. The review, Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 By SueZQ - May 31, 2009, is the first to catch my eye. This review seemed to be more of an advertisement than a review. Hmm! Could this have possibly been written by the owner herself in an attempt to raise the rating of her store? Further examination of reviews reveals the answer.
Between the dates of July 8th 2008 and July 16th 2008 there were a total of approximately 24 reviews written for Rave's Oh My Goth. Twenty-four reviews in EIGHT days?! That's insane. And damn impossible; Unless, of course, they're fake. Penned by none other than the idiotic shop owner herself.
On July 8th 2008, only three reviews were written. The writing style are all similar to the May 31st 2009 review by SueZQ and ""written by"" all similarly generic names: Meligoth, DancerHolly, voiceovgod.
The next day, Raven (Rave) went insane in an attempt to boost her ratings. July 9th 2008 yields the most reviews with a total of 18 submitted reviews with equally generic names such as kamasushi, AngelaKitten, and darkenedones. Again, all reviews for this date cast the same writing style, tone, and advertisement feel. Similarly they all refer to Rave's Oh My Goth as simply ""Rave's,"" further reinforcing the suspicion that the reviews are, in fact, fake.
July 9th 2008 would have been a Wednesday, which is not much of a busy day for retail stores, or even restaurants. What are the chances that at LEAST eighteen people not only entered Rave's Oh My Goth, but also purchased something, then proceeded to go home and write an article about their ""fabulous"" experience? (Raven, I'm sure you're fuming with embarrassment at this point, but my question is simply rhetorical ... you naughty little scamstress, you!)
Moving on to point out later fake articles at this point is simply a matter of time wasted on this worthless shop.
Raven, you lack integrity and your parents must have left you one hell of a trust fund.
Out of the 39 current reviews listed with Google, only 12 appear to be valid. Your highest valid review being a mere three.
The rating for this store, sans your attempt to boost it, should read 1.41. Trust me, you should seek a new career path.
Pros: I'd love to give one, just one ... but I can't.
Cons: Rude Owner, Obnoxious Staff, High Prices, and ... LIES!