I'd appreciate if you can give me some feedback on our site: http://www.regencyshop.com/Bar-Stools/c33/index.html?osCsid=c57d1fcff64e9730d85dc1e8b59a7c5f
I realize that you are home decor-modern design connoisseur :) I'd like to hear your opinion/feedback on our products. Also, it'd be swell if you can place our suede wassily chair in a bag set in a bag on your blog.
I am neither a modern decor connoisseur nor am I shilling for anyone in this blog. (Please see FTC Guidelines Expert Endoresments (a)). Nor do I lie or fabricate anything, in any blog or on any social networking site anywhere ever. If I support someone's business, it happens only after I have experienced the product/service. I thought to myself, after this incident of spammage, "Self, maybe we should explore this just a little instead of outright deleting it". Why on Earth someone would approach me for my skills as a "modern decor connoisseur" is a mystery to me. I decided to follow up on this, just to assuage my curiosity.
Here is the email thread that followed this spamming attempt, I go first:
"Nancy from your site contacted me via my blog asking me to review your
Wassily chair on my website. I would be more than happy to review your chair if you send me one to experience.
Followed by this response,
"Sorry, we don't pay for links and plus, it is illegal for you to ask for compensation.
If you post a link to our chair it will be appreciated
To which I, somewhat incensed, replied,
"I didn't ask for compensation. I asked to experience a chair that you asked me to review.
And if it's illegal for me to ask for compensation, it should be illegal for you to ask me to review a product I have never experienced, and YOU solicited ME."
Please see FTC Guidlines, General Concerns (c), page 3.
It is, in fact, illegal for me to review a product I have not used. To this someone responded,
"Read the FTC guidelines before you blast reasonable replies
How is it reasonable to ask a food blogger you have never met to wax poetic about a furniture product they have never ever seen, let alone sat in? This whole exchange leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. MSNBC reported the new guidelines for bloggers back in October, 2009. What incenses me is that I feel these guidelines imply dishonesty on the part of bloggers. The bloggers I personally know are upstanding citizens, serious about what they write and do so with a huge amount of integrity, very much in love with food and spend boatloads of their own money to experience the ever changing face of food culture to share their experiences with others. Although I certainly understand concern over abuse of the blogger/business relationship. What incenses me about this email exchange is the idea that I somehow did something wrong by responding to a completely inappropriate spam requesting to actually experience said chair if they wanted me to write a review or post a link about their product. That I went against the FTC guidlines and blasted a reasonable request. To this, I scoff.
There was no blasting, there was no reasonable request, and there was nothing in my actions that went against FTC guidelines. Now, if I could broil the chair in one of my new Le Creuset pans, serve it to a group of 10 at a dinner party, then wax poetic about its smokiness or lucious texture, that would constitute a reasonable request.