The Federal Trade Commission requires that I disclose any relationship I have between a product manufacturer or service provider when I write about a product or service.
There are some basic guidelines which I operate under at Skindustrial and in Life in general.
I rarely… if ever paid to do a review. In almost all cases, I never accept money to review a product or service. I invest my own time and quite often money to review and test products. I absorb the entire cost to produce all content I make about products or services. If I am ever paid to do a review, I will make this clear in or around the review.
I usually have to pay for the products I test, however I welcome freebies 😉
Should a manufacturer approach and IF I feel it’s a product, I might ordinarily buy or I feel you might get benefit from, then I will accept the product, test and review the product.
I won’t return the products after I test them. In certain cases, the product is used up or destroyed. In other cases, the product may get damaged during the testing. I don’t have the staff or the resources to process the return of the products.
If I create a link to a product in a review, sometimes I may get paid a commission if you purchase the product or service.
If you click a link from one of my columns or newsletters and it delivers you to a website selling that product (e.g. Amazon.com, etc.), I may get a small commission from that website should you buy.
These are good rules and practices in today’s digital world. It’s important for you as a consumer to understand the relationship between a person reviewing the product/service and the manufacturer or service provider. If you don’t see a disclosure policy as part of a review of a product, that reviewer may be violating the law or at the very least the Code of Ethics.
Based on the very good AskThebuilder’s Disclosure