I have a web site selling widgets. There are many different widget categories. Under each category is a number of pages with widgets in the category. On each page is photos of the widget, its specific details, and text describing each widgets' properties, history, etc.
This descriptive text will be the same on each individual widget page within the category and makes up a bulk of the page content. The rest is links--some static, some change on each load.
This text is essential for the each page and meant to sell the item not help ranking (well, not mostly).
I'm worried about setting off the duplicate content sirens. Any advice?
I don't understand very well why, if the widgets under a category are different, the descriptive text is the same for each one. Anyway, I prudently would maintain that text as a minority percentage of the whole text on each page.
I suggest you to post this question in the Google News forum, where there are lots of members well informed about this topic.