I’ve been involved in an email conversation over the course of a few days with a rep from a PR company about reviews. Today she sent me a reply that read…
“If you can do a review without any samples, that would be great! Let us know what you need.”
What? Did she really just ask me to fake a review?
Which got me wondering, are there bloggers out there doing this? If you are, this not ok! It is lying! It is taking advantage of your readers! It’s also just bad ethics in general and I can not imagine that it is good for your Karma. Even if I was offered money, I still would not post a review of a product I have not personally tried. Sure, I will post a sponsored informational post and also disclose that I was paid to tell you about the product. But to straight up lie and say I used it and loved it? No, never!
Readers, I will always be honest with you. I will not fake a review just to have content, or fake a review to get paid.
Bloggers, have you ever been asked to post a review about a product you have never tried? Readers, how do you feel about this?
Names and companies withheld, I’m not looking for drama…just a discussion.