You are most likely reading this page as you fall into one of five categories:
- After careful consideration, I have decided to review your product, or
- I have decided NOT to review your product and thought you might want to know why, or,
- I feel you might need some enlightening on how better to approach YouTube creators for your reviews, or
- You are one of my valued viewers and want to see the conditions I do product reviews under, or
- You ended up here by accident or needed something amazingly dull to read.
So there are no misunderstandings, please read the following:
- MY FIRST PRIORITY is always the viewers of my videos.
- MY VIEWERS TRUST ME and I will never betray that trust for any reason.
- I HIGHLY VALUE A SENSE OF HUMOR!
- I AM NOT reviewing your product because I need more gear - I don't.
- I DO NOT WORK FOR YOU, I work for my viewers.
- I ACCEPT PRODUCTS for review based on the following:
- It will be of value to my viewers and something I and they would buy and use.
- Your company's credibility, return policies, and customer support are excellent. I always check this for new companies I haven't worked with before.
- I WILL NOT accept money for doing a review, HOWEVER,
- IF YOU WISH TO PAY for a dedicated review, email me and I will forward your request to my agent. He will negotiate the price and terms (hint: anything under $1,000 will be ignored). ALL OTHER ITEMS HERE APPLY.
- I WILL NOT under any circumstances enter into a contract. That's a work for hire not a review.
- ANY ATTEMPT to sway my opinion, dictate what I should say, be dishonest, unethical, or coax me into doing a good review, and I terminate the review process immediately without question.
- I WILL NOT submit a review to you for approval, changes, or edits.
- I DO NOT do "Amazon Seller" reviews, only reviews from an actual company that makes the product. If found later you are an Amazon seller, I will terminate the review process immediately.
- I WILL NOT buy products to get reimbursed later after a "good review."
- REVIEWS ARE first-come, first-served basis.
- WHEN THE PRODUCT ARRIVES at my location, it goes into a review queue.
- IF PRODUCT NOT AS ADVERTISED (sucks) I WILL NOT do the review and tell you why. I will return it to you (you pay postage) or have it destroyed - your choice.
- I WILL ALWAYS CONTACT YOU with any problems during the review process to make sure there isn't some misunderstanding on my part.
- IF I HAVE QUESTIONS that are not responded to within a reasonable amount of time, I consider the review process terminated as that's how you would treat my viewers and your customers.
- IT CAN TAKE A MONTH (or more) before I complete the review. I use and test things it in real life situations. It can also take days depending on the product. What does this mean? DON'T HARASS ME!
- I LET MY VIEWERS KNOW I was given your product in exchange for a fair and honest review. That will include both pros and any cons I find.
- I INCLUDE MY LINKS in the video and may include your suggested links if appropriate, but I am not obligated to do so.
- I WILL NOT HONOR requests to place links where you want them (e.g. "Must include links above the fold"), verbiage in the description, or any other request on the final video.
- I ALWAYS WELCOME features or functions you would like to be mentioned in the video so I don't miss something, but I am not obligated to do so.
- I POST THE VIDEO on YouTube and send you a link.
- YOU MAY RE-POST the video wherever you like as long as it points back to the original YouTube video or you have my PRIOR OK to do so.
- I SHARE THE VIDEO on my own blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and attempt to tag you, but am not obligated to do so.
- THE PRODUCT OR SERVICE in exchange for the review is the total of our agreement. I owe you nothing more, nor do you owe me anything else in return.
- IF YOU ATTEMPT to violate these things covered after I receive the product, I will send you this link assuming you didn't have enough coffee yet.
- IF YOU CONTINUE, I'll assume you can't read, and the review is immediately terminated as is all further communication.
- REST ASSURED once I complete the review, we're friends, and you'll never have to read this again. :)
WOW! EYEBALLS STILL IN YOUR HEAD?
I hope this clarifies my position on product reviews and wards off any possible future misunderstandings.
You can always email me: [email protected] if you have any questions.
Kevin (Basic Filmmaker)