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Thursday, March 27, 2014

So Animal has some free time

So reviews are slow right now, and DIY guides for the blog are slow too.  This makes a good moment to just talk, from blogger to readers.  Sort of a Meta blog post.

Some of you might have seen me post on Facebook, when I see an announcement for a new 3rd party product.  The content while not identical always carry the same message:  "How much is it going to cost me to get some for review?"  Not "Can I have one free for review."  There are a couple reasons for this.

First, I won't pretend that CBAS is big enough or popular enough to be a blip on anyone's radar for marketing.  It's practical to assume that we aren't going to get anything for free.  Barring a review going nuclear, not too many makers give a damn what we have to say.  When we get something for review we ALWAYS send feedback to the manufacturer, barring repurposed gear.

Second, I like to buy the gear I review to put the price in perspective.  It can be a little tricky to put aside that I already own a rig when I order one for review, but it helps me decide whether it's worth the price.  I also intend to make a habit of selling off or giving away older gear.

Third, when something is wrong, or sub par, or just not worth the money or effort to get it, I like to use my indignation in the article.  When it's good, there's a real joy with the item that makes it into the text.

Fourth, when I pay for something, I pay more attention to it.  I once won a homemade in a giveaway, and I didn't really give the review and build the attention that it deserved.

So yeah, that's why I try to make a point of paying for my gear.  Sure, I'll review free stuff, but I won't solicit freebies.

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