I am required by the Federal Trade Commission of the United States, to tell you that for the most part, I use provided samples provided by a company or public relations firm, for most of my reviews. I am sure you are aware that the samples I receive are not “for free” as the FTC would imply, but items I require to do a proper job of reporting on them. To you, my readers, I want to make it clear that sample products and services I might experience are not nearly “compensation” for the tremendous amount of effort it takes to write genuine reviews, nor do free samples influence my experienced opinion of products in any Advice Sisters content.
I have always felt strongly that those who write online should be careful of what they produce, as once it is online it is there forever. It is unfortunate that the universe produces irresponsible and inadequate reporters along with the good ones. But the Internet just reflects the world and all the people and personalities in it. I have always acted responsibly and will continue to do so. No government agency has ever had to “police” me. It is unfortunate that I, and other online producers of quality content are gathered in a category with those who apparently require legal mechanisms to keep them “in check.”
Very infrequently, and usually only for a good cause, I’ll post advertorial content. As required by law, but also by my personal standards, it is clearly marked as such. All paid advertisements, are also clearly identifiable as advertising. This has always been my policy.
Privacy: I am a real person, not an avatar, or a ghost writer for a corporation. I believe in protecting your privacy as I would wish others protect mine. It is of the utmost importance. I stake my good reputation on it. I never broadcast personal information, or sell or share it with anyone. I am careful about the advertisers I work with, and expect them to respect and operate within my policies. This is my personal pledge to you.
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