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greg909 (2) 11-27-09  11:05am
No Badges TRUST USER?   YES (9), NO (0)
Status: Current Member for over 3 months (at the time of review).
Pros: - Lots and lots of content accumulated over the years, which is great if you're a first-time member

- The girls are young, natural, and generally very cute. Most have pubic hair like REAL young girls -- not shaved like the window dummies on most other sites

- The girls wear REAL (but still very sexy)clothes, not ridiculous costumes that distract you and make the experience unreal

- Lots of videos, with a choice of how to view them. Personally, I can't be bothered to spend an hour downloading a video that's the size of a postcard, but I quite like the style of some AW shoots.
Cons: - The majority of picture sets are a frustrating tease. Either the lighting and photography aren't up to showing the details (see below) you want, or the model doesn't pose very explicitely. Some sets DO get it right, and then it's a special pleasure

- My biggest complaint: image quality. Unlike several major sites these days, Abby Winters refuses to provide the option of large (e.g. 3000x2000 pixel) images on all sets. Instead, they only offer larger images on occasional sets, which means the ones you REALLY want bigger are only available in their "standard" size of 1472x981 pixels. The standard size wouldn't be TOO bad if the resolution and compression were handled well, but Abby's pics lack the fine detail of sites with similar image sizes, like ATK Hairy. I'm not sure what they do wrong to the images, because apparently the cameras used are professional Canon SLRs.

- Depth of field: Big problem on AW. They usually have the important "bits" out of focus.
Bottom Line: AW has some great content accumulated over the years, and the girls are uniquely natural and beautiful. If you're a first-time member, there's a lot of good stuff. But for returning members, I now find little new picture content worth saving; AW focuses far more on videos these days, with just one new picture set every couple of days. Of those sets, most don't have the resolution of sites like AVErotica.

Sadly, AW accepts feedback, but seems to not listen unless it is praise. I've given suggestions about depth of field in the past, and just get "maybe you should go elsewhere" responses. In most sets now, it's just page 5 on a 6 page set that offers some modest nudity. If they could at least offer higher quality images, then the few shots that are good would be golden!

Oh, and AW currently doesn't offer membership through the normal trusted brokers like CCBill, only through their own billing system... so some U.S banks refuse the transaction. Wake up AW!!

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RagingBuddhist (65) Shame on you - You dared to post a criticism on the forum?

A good review - and a great pick-up on the depth of field issue. Welcome to PU, greg909.

11-27-09  11:48am

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greg909 (2) REPLY TO #1 - RagingBuddhist :

Thanks for the quick reply, RagingB !
11-27-09  12:33pm

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SueAnn (In-Active) Hey Greg!

Thanks for your review, you've got a lot of good points, I just wanted to say that we are listening, we do hear the complaints about nudity to non-nude proportions and I think we're getting on top of that now. There is a fair delay between filming and releasing the encoded content if that helps explain it a bit better?

11-30-09  10:12pm

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SueAnn (In-Active) I have checked with the head of our billing service GMBill, you shouldn't have any problems with your bank. Most of our members are from the US but GMBill is used globally. Talk to our Customer Support team and they'll help sort out any issues for you.
11-30-09  10:39pm

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SueAnn (In-Active) More to add:

This explanation from abbywinters.com Owner Garion Hall
We used to use CCBill, but received many complaints from our customers about poor service (and some evidence that seemed an employee of theirs was selling email addresses to spammers, tho this was back in 2003). We developed our own billing solution, gmbill.com which has massively better features, and better service, and is considerably cheaper for us (and thus, for customers). Feedback we regularly get from other webmasters and customers is that CCBill's service and product remains low quality. Perhaps not surprising when you're the walmart of billers?

However, we do use CCB as a backup biller, in case GMB goes down, or if GMB refuses to process a given credit card. Most adult sites have a secondary biller (and GMBill.com is some sites secondary biller, in case their primary biller goes down). If, when joining AW, your card was rejected by GMB for some reason, you would have been presented with the option to join by CCBill (and a few other options).

GMB's trustworthiness is without question - it's more secure, reliable, robust, and owned and operated by people who care about customers, the industry, and GMB's clients (abbywinters.com in this case).
So that explains the biller we use, and in regards to your other points about the image size and quality: Good News!

You may have heard the entire abbywinters.com complex is undergoing not just a redesign but a revolution! (You can read about it and check out screen shots on our forum) When the old site is switched off and the new one is running smoothly we'll offer all photo sets in a range of sizes for download. Of course custom zip files are still available so you only download those you really want. We're in Alfa testing right now, beta testing soon(sign up!) and we're expecting to GoLive January 2010!

12-06-09  05:58pm

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greg909 (2) REPLY TO #4 - SueAnn :


Regarding the bank problems, I've been told the same thing by AW before, but Wells Fargo Visa still gets rejected through GMBill. I've given up now, and it NEVER offers CCBill as an alternative.

Regarding the new site with big, high quality pics on every set... it is now mid February and it looks exactly the same to me with just the small pics on most sets. So when exactly will all this change?

02-13-10  11:06am

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