Monday, November 16, 2009

Review Requests and Freebies - My Promise to You!

In light of the new law coming in to effect regarding the disclosure of freebies and compensation from companies and today’s article in the LA Times on the same subject, I thought it was time to address this head on in how I deal with it here.

My promise to you as a reader is to always be honest in my reviews and recommendations on this site. It’s simply not in me to write something I won’t stand behind. I’ll never recommend a video game, activity, toy, food or anything else for that matter that we don’t currently use or would use ourselves in our home.

One of the benefits of being a blogger is that you are like a reporter (without as many barriers and no one to answer to except your readers). I am constantly being approached by companies and PR Firms asking if I would like to have free samples of products in hopes that I will review them or to attend their events. This is no different than what happens in the world outside of blogging. I know this because I have been on the other side, working at a PR Firm, approaching reporters with the offers of free samples. It’s just the way the world works. I’m also savvy enough to know that just because I don’t like something, doesn’t mean someone else won’t. I don’t have an interest in “slamming” a product or service… I just don’t want to waste my time with negative posts. I have received products that we tried and I just wasn’t enthusiastic enough about the product (sometimes it just comes down to feeling the product is way over-priced) to write a post about it. You’ll notice with every post I will share the story about how we heard about the product (whether it was a purchase on our own or it was a part of an event) and I always make an effort to tie it in to show why I am passionate about it.

I really appreciate being approached to review the products because I simply don’t have the budget to purchase and experience so many things without receiving them that way.

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to email me!


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