Posts Tagged ‘Is free stuff okay for bloggers?’

Swag: Yay Or Nay

So this is what I am wondering today: What is your opinion on free stuff? I have started to become aware only recently for myself that when you have a blog, you can sometimes be offered free stuff. I have seen it happen on other blogs, and it doesn’t bother me one bit. I have even been the recipient of some free stuff, when a giveaway was involved. I already did a giveaway of a gift certificate for a company a few months ago. And I was great with that, because it was free stuff for other people. But this next opportunity is free stuff for me, in exchange for a product review.

The free stuff for me is where I’m a little less sure of how I feel. So, I’m asking you. If you have a blog, how do you handle this? If you read blogs, what is your opinion on this?

I will tell you that I have agreed to this one. The company did not ask for a positive review, only a review. It is a company I was going to buy stuff from anyway, so it’s not like I’ll be buying or using a product that I wouldn’t otherwise. I feel that I will take things on a case by case basis. And it’s not like people are beating down my door, so this question is really to appease my curiosity.

Just for fun, I will tell you the husband’s two cents worth: In the con column he said, “One of the great things about the internet are the spontaneous reviews of products, with no monetary reason attached.”. In the pro column he said “Since you spent $50 of my money on the Amazon gift card giveaway, you must do the product review to try and re-coup my money.”. Isn’t he hilarious? I feel I must give reassurance here to any new readers that these money comments are all a part of my husband’s dry sense of humor. I run the money and the budget in our house and we make big decisions together. So, there is no cause for concern. 🙂

What do you think? How do you handle the swag? Are you a Yay or a Nay? Or do you think it all depends on the situation and the swag involved?

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