Some years ago, I was a regular reader of a website that featured a London gentleman’s journeys as a customer of bespoke tailoring. He sampled the wares of many of Saville Row’s most esteemed tailors–a not inexpensive endeavor. So I was only moderately surprised to learn that he was exchanging charitable words for product.
To avoid that ethical breech, we only feature items we’ve paid for ourselves (or have received as gifts from friends and family members). No freebies from the companies we write about nor discounts that might inspire us to speak more favorably.
It’s a simple consideration. We can’t expect people to part with their hard earned money for the products we recommend if we ourselves are not willing to do so.