Posted: April 21, 2010
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I had another product planned to giveaway today.  A biggie. But I hated it once I reviewed it.  I mean really, really hated it.  So I had to email the company and let them know that I couldn’t host a giveaway because their product simply didn’t do what they said it would do. Before I review a product, I let all the companies I do reviews for know that if I don’t like the product, I will email them with constructive criticism and cancel the giveaway.

But this is the first time it has ever happened.  So far, I have enjoyed all the products I’ve reviewed.   Maybe I will have to be more careful now with the companies I choose to work with.  I am not sure if this has ever happened to another blogger.  I searched the internet, but found nothing.  At first I didn’t know what to do.  The lady I had been corresponding with from the company was quite pleasant and I didn’t want to hurt her feelings; she had told me previously that she was anxious to read my review.  I know business is business and she probably didn’t care, in fact maybe she was grateful I wouldn’t post a negative review, but I am always worried about what other people are feeling.  And it may sound silly to you, but I was worried they would make me ship the product back to them and I didn’t want to pay shipping and make a trip to the post office.  But luckily they never mentioned returning it, so that saved me some headache.

Now you know there are some awkward, not-so-glamorous tasks associated with being a product reviewer.  Which, by the way, was never something I intended to be when I started my blog.  I just fell into it when companies started contacted me. I have come to enjoy trying new products and writing about them, then hosting giveaways.  I get so excited when the winners email me back and I can tell by their words (and multiple “thanks!!!!”) that they are truly excited to have won.

Anyways, I wish there were more giveaways today for my Wednesday giveaways, but things don’t always work out perfectly do they?

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