As you have seen I almost always post personal pictures if I am reviewing a product for a company. When I post my review of planetwise wetbags I will post a picture of that even, cause I believe it gives my readers a real life idea of how this will look if they buy it.
In my Daddy Diaper event I have recorded, edited and uploaded videos of every single diaper we received. You can trust my review because you see how it fits David and how easy it is to put the diaper on him.
So what about other reviews that only have pictures from the company’s website? If a reviewer never shows a personal photo of the item in use I will not enter the give away or read the review. I have no basis for believing the truth in the review if I can’t see pictures. How do I know this person really used the items and isn’t just selling them on the side for extra cash?
Plus, personal photos and videos really sell items better than just “blah blah this item is great! go buy it” with the same pics you see on the website. To me that feels like you are just taking a free product and giving them advertising and the review is not honest. How can I trust what I cannot see?
I understand that some things just can’t be video taped or photographed. Take girl’s underwear or a DVD for example – in those cases I overlook the lack of personal pictures. But in my opinion reviews of most items are not legitimate unless there are photos or video of the item in use.
Another thing I haven’t decided how I feel about is selling used review products. Since I worked hard on my post is it my right to do with the product what I see fit? To me selling it says you actually didn’t enjoy the product as much as you said you did in your post. What if your house is overrun with too many toys and you want to sell the ones you reviewed and loved – is that ok? I guess it is, but is it ok to sell them via the same social media outlets that the sponsors of your review products use? No. To me that is just bad manners. It is announcing to the world “I have so much stuff I have to sell it now” and the companies that gave it to you will read that. If I had that problem I’d probably sell it privately to a friend or even better – donate it!
What do you think?