Conflict of Interest: Failure to disclose

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    2manyAirGunz
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    What is the responsibility of a product reviewer who has a financial/monetary interest in the product being reviewed?

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    KITROBASKIN
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    Since no one else has responded I will bump this subject up.

    Thinking someone who has a monetary interest is unable to give a review of a product. It would be a promotion, and that can be as powerful or more than a review by someone else, right?

    Were you asking administration here about how such a situation could be handled here on airgunnation?

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    2manyAirGunz
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    KITROBASKIN

    Since no one else has responded I will bump this subject up.

    Thinking someone who has a monetary interest is unable to give a review of a product. It would be a promotion, and that can be as powerful or more than a review by someone else, right?

    Were you asking administration here about how such a situation could be handled here on airgunnation?

    The question was posed rhetorically. As I see it as unethical for product reviewers to accept anything of value from manufacturers and vendors and not disclose that fact to potential customers.

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    Keyman62421
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    As long as they disclose the nature of their association, I see no problem.   I see so many BS reviews I  know are rigged,  I only beieve about 20%.  We have a responsibility to understand every one has the best AG!   Again I call BS!

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    d3vnull
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    It is called integrity. Some have it. Others don't.

    There are many content reviewers who happily list their sponsors, have affiliate links, own a store, etc. They still produce valuable content and give back to their community. I have also found reviewers who are in a certain industry that have great content simply because they have real world experience on the retail side yet never mention their own store or promote themselves at all anywhere in their content.

    It often comes down to priorities in life. Is your integrity or monetary value more important to you as a person. It is why one of my favorite forums on here is the Dealer & Manufacturer Feedback. It becomes obvious quickly in which order those priorities are ranked fairly quickly.

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    azaffiro
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    I agree with Keyman.  If you say it then it's OK. If you have to hide it then you are probably doing something wrong.  I have been asked in the past to review products after being provided them for free.  I always tell them I would be happy to, but I will leave an honest a review (good or bad) and I will state that I have been provided the item at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

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