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Thread: Sponsored reviews or goods in lieu of.

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    Sponsored reviews or goods in lieu of.

    Presently AVF has been targeted by a few vendors whose style is to promote their product through community review, by supplying a sample free of charge or at a reduced rate to a member of the community in exchange for their public reviewing of the product.

    As this is a newer form of psuedo-marketing we feel that this situation needs to be balanced a little to maintain AVF's Non Commercial stance and redress the imbalance appearing in reviews origination.

    Therefore from now on:
    -Paid reviews (or reviews for items received free of charge and/or specifically mentioning who supplied it)- these paid reviews should be in the vendors sub-forum, and if that happens to be "Vendor General" then within their established thread.

    We do not want to prevent our members having the opportunity to review these items (and get freebies) but vendors must understand that the reviews WILL be posted in THEIR thread if the receipt of the item is conditional on a public review and not the community reviews Sub-Forum.



    This leaves the Reviews section free from commercial bias and for members to share their own experience with goods they have actually purchased and invested in.

    It is in the AVF communities best interests that the integrity of reviews remain on an individual rather than commercial level and in reviewing a product, the review is an unsolicited opinion, rather than one encouraged to promote a certain business or supplier.

    In this way we respect the non-commercial foundation on which AVF was built.

    Any reviews posted that have gratuitous linking to a business will be removed at a moderators discretion

    I will point out that if you do receive the goods for free or whatever this should not stop you from posting a review here in the reviews section in the communities interest to help evaluate or discuss a new mod or bit of kit.

    Just leave out the plugs, and in that way there is no " Oh you got free stuff for a review"!

    We are not about limiting access to your opinions or spreading the word about an items good qualities or failings ... but if the gift of the item is conditional on the recipient posting a public review and publicising the company giving it to you then its just a marketing tool .... a responsible company should have NO problem with the item being reviewed without getting their pound of flesh out of it.

    There are plenty of places on the web where this can be done...


    Thanks for your compliance in advance .
    ( effective from 5/10/2016 )
    Last edited by Fatman; 06-10-16 at 02:30 PM.
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    Further to this (after much debate) the following statement applies to ALL review posting

    For all reviews submitted in this section of the AVF forum

    -If a review is solicited by a vendor supplying free goods or services in return for a published review a Plain acknowledgement to where you got the gear from .. with No Link , is fine for here in the the reviews section

    There should also be an included disclaimer that the goods were supplied to you free of charge for the purposes of review

    Example:

    " Thanks to Vape-a-doodly-doo for providing me with this great bit of kit free for the purpose of review" .... is A-OK for here in the Reviews Sub-Forum.



    If links to the supplying vendor are part of the review AVF will require the review be posted in the vendors thread/forum.


    Example:

    "Thanks to www.Vape-a-Doodly-Doo.com for the UberVape-a-liscious-3000 " .... is a No-No here and will be deleted or moved to the vendor thread at Mods discretion if posted in the Reviews section .



    In this way the Vendor is NOT advertising outside of the allotted areas by skirting the rules and asking members to promote their business or product outside of their area.

    This is AVF simply asking that reviews be unencumbered from advertising any specified vendor and instead concentrate on the item in question rather than where it came from or whats the "best" deal.

    Links to the MANUFACTURER ( not retailers) website or product are fine for informational purposes.
    Last edited by Fatman; 06-10-16 at 07:22 PM.
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    Also it has been noticed that further forms of Pseudo Advertising in the form of using images plastered with the suppliers name are being used in reviews ... we suggest that reviewers use their own images or ones taken from manufacturers website ( with permission if required ) ... Images with the suppliers company logo will be removed if reported from this date ... Please dont take the easy way out reviewers .. you are getting a free mod, work for it rather than the person supplying you
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