I get sent products from companies review all the time and have no problem reviewing them. Why? Because of my purpose on this blog. I created this blog to help women to maintain their natural hair. Telling you what products I think are good, bad and mediocre, can help the natural or aspiring natural haire woman to faster reach your hair goals. These goals may have to do with length, moisture or style. I'm here to help with all of those. You see, to me, you're all my girlfriends and I'm merely sharing my finds with you.
Now, will I accept payment for reviews? Yes! But, they will be done under the understanding that my review will be honest. I will certainly accvept payment to exclusively demo a product or product line and aid in a company's advertising. But hey, I've given products not-so-great reviews before and those companies have thanked me in varying ways. Additionally, when a company ships their full product line overnight to me in Jamaica, it does cost them, though they can often afford to pay me for my review. It's a little unfair to say that they are not spending any money on advertising. The shipping and the products cost money. What do you think?
Should I stop reviewing products for your benefit because I'm not always being adequately compensated? Should money talk or I walk away from Review-land? Am I even ready for what would really be an endorsement deal in that I would have to project an image desired by select companies? To me, a review just like someone on YouTube doing a tutorial on how to fix something using a certain product... like how to fix scratches on your car or how to do something on an iPad. I dunno. I'd just hate for everyone to stop using/reviewing products on Youtube or the internet because they want money more than they want to help others. I guess there is nothing wrong for wanting to be paid for helping others. Hmm.
Please, please, please share your thoughts on this issue. I'd love to hear the perspectives of other bloggers/vlogger and readers/viewers. See the videos that have sparked this blog post below.