DISCLOSURE POLICY FOR PRODUCT RECOMMENDATIONS/DISCOUNTS
The Federal Trade Commission requires that I disclose any relationship I have between a product manufacturer or service provider when I tell you about a product or service.
Here are the guidelines I operate under at sandiegohelpusave.com:
- Most of the times when I mention a product in a column, newsletter or video, I do it as a part of my job. I invest my own time to review and test products. I often absorb the entire cost to tape and post-produce all videos I tape about products. If I’m ever paid to do a review, it will be clearly annotated at the end of the review.
- My integrity is the only thing that’s lasting. That’s what people remember about someone – or the lack thereof. I want my legacy to be one where you say, “your name always did the right thing. He recommended products/services that he believed in. Because of that, I have a strict policy that I WILL ONLY DO PAID REVIEWS FOR PRODUCTS I BELIEVE IN. It’s my pleasure to work with these companies so I can help them transform you into another satisfied customer.
- If I create a link to a product in a review, sometimes I may get paid a commission if you purchase the product or service. I’ll disclose that in the review. If you don’t see that disclosure, that means I’m not getting paid any commission.
- If you click a link from one of my columns or newsletters and it delivers you to a website selling that product (e.g. Amazon.com, etc.), you can assume I get a small commission from that website should you buy.
These are good rules and practices in today’s digital world.
It’s important for you as a consumer to understand the relationship between a person reviewing the product and the manufacturer or service provider. If you don’t see a disclosure policy as part of a review of a product, that reviewer may be violating the law or at the very least the Code of Ethics.