|Originally posted by TeriAnn
quite simply , i wouldn't be that close of a friend to someone that expected me to give false glowing reviews, and i wouldn't sacrifice the integrity of my reviews by promoting something i didnt truly love. seems simple to me...tell the truth.
ITA I won't "hurt" my integrity to help out someone with a not so up to par product. I stand behind what I say and if that person/product doesn't stand up to what I feel it was for me, I would be mad. I don't let personal feelings for a person get in the way of a product review, just like I am in testing. I tested for Steph (tuffykenwell I think is how it's spelled) of Recyclebees and yes she's a personal friend, but she will attest how I ripped her "baby" appart. She wouldn't have been able to improve her product and offer a good thing if I didn't seperate my friendship with her and the business of testing. Just like in product reviews, if you are unable to seperate yourself from business and personal, don't do the review or announce yourself as being a bit biased. I find products that I ABSOLUTLY love and do brag on them, but just because *I* love them doesn't mean they'll work for everyone. I think reviews are good for "quality control" information, but in the end, I inform myself on fabrics, and about how many layers would deem suitable for me, construction shape/style ect.
I also don't credit reviews that ONLY say it was a great product/customer service (and like wise to the negetive reviews), give me a reason WHY it was great/awful. ig. "I LOVED how this diaper fit my son. He is tall- slender, but with some thickness in the thigh. It fit him like a glove but with room to grow and didn't squeeze his legs or leave red marks. I love that it doesn't have the big ruffles that must be tucked in a cover or looks so girly on my boy. It does take longer to dry than I like, but I love super quick dry.....ect" you get the idea. When doing a product review I like the most info of how it fit (even if it didn't fit your child what is your childs build and how did it not fit so I can have a clearer way to judge).
NOW with that said, I don't know if I'd write a negative review on a friend, that wouldn't be very supportive, but maybe let her/him know in privet that I wasn't impressed with the product. I also wouldn't promote it if I wasn't pleased with it. I guess I expect what I give in a review, honesty, and if I feel missled, (ie. I read over and over how it was a great product and then got a shoddy shower curtain instead of a dipaer) I'd be very peaved. Anyway, no matter what, HONESTY is what is expected and if you can't be honest, don't review and don't promote and if that wahm is pushing you to "help her out" with promoting and reviews, she lacks integrity imo and not a very good friend to ask of you what you can't honestly give.
<~~~had to put those in since I'm doing this as we "speak" lol (that and I LOVE them)