How much do you charge for a review?
Nothing. I never charge for reviews. If you send the product free of charge, pay for postage and handling, I would be happy to provide a review. Please note that sending a gift card in the amount of the product price so that I may purchase it for review is not acceptable per Amazon guidelines. Because my primary hobby is reviewing for Amazon, I will not accept gift cards. Having me buy a product and then reimbursing me with a refund is also not approved by Amazon and is therefore also unacceptable. The items must be sent directly from your company to me.
If you’d like the product back for any reason, please let me know before you send it to me. That way, I’ll keep all the packaging intact. Be sure to email me a shipping label within 30 days of the review posting.
What products do you accept for review?
The one thing I don’t accept much of is books. I get way too many book review requests. There just isn’t enough time in the day, especially since I am actively reading Star Wars books in a somewhat chronological order. If you’re a part of that universe, you know how big it is. Please don’t ask me to review books (unless, of course, you’ve written a Star Wars book). Other than that, I am wide open.
Sometimes, I will agree to review one item, but then the company will include many other items as a sort of surprise when I open the package. Please understand that if you do that, I may or may not provide a review of those additional products. I really prefer that you ask me first.
Will you do a video review?
I usually post a video review when there is something I think can be demonstrated better visually. Sometimes, they are very simple slideshows. Sometimes, they are more elaborate.
If you would like a video review, please let me know when you request the review. At that time, I can let you know if I will be able to do one. If you wait until after I have received the product or the review has been posted, I may or may not opt to post a video review.
Video reviews take extra time to complete, even for the simplest ones. Not only does the video need to be shot, it also needs to be edited, rendered, and uploaded. Even after posting, Amazon will hold video reviews, sometimes for days. If you want a video review, allow extra time for completion.
Although videos may give your products more exposure, please note that these are reviews, not free advertisements. Just as in written reviews, both pros and cons may be highlighted or touched upon.
Also, the reviews are not professional productions. You may check my review history for examples of video reviews I have done in the past. The more recent video reviews are of the style I have graduated to at present.
All video reviews will be accompanied by either a truncated or more comprehensive written review.
What if the product is defective?
There are the occasional bad apples, even amongst a whole bushel of good ones. If I get something that just plain doesn’t work, you’ll have the option of sending another one for me to test. If it works well, then I will post a review of the replacement product.
If you choose not to replace the product, then I will have to post a review of my experience with the only product I have.
I will return defective products within 30 days of receiving it, provided you email me a shipping label.
What if you don’t like the product?
My integrity is important to me. I do not want my readers to have to read between the lines. I report my experience with the product, give my overall impression, and let the reader decide.
In general, I try to choose products I think I will enjoy so that I do not have a negative experience. It is difficult for me to write a one or two star review. I do it when it’s warranted. Fortunately, that’s not often.
My personal Amazon rating system is as follows:
★★★★★ Perfect! I love it!
★★★★ Very nice. Could use a few tweaks, but I like it a lot.
★★★ Good. I’m not head over heals over it but it does the job. Could use some improvements.
★★ Not good, but some redeeming qualities.
★ Horrible. Product doesn’t work. No redeeming qualities.
Half star ratings are rounded up. For example, 3½ star products will be given 4 stars.
Where do you post your reviews?
All reviews are posted here at nonamesquirkyideas. If the product is available on Amazon, one copy will be posted there, also. Amazon is cracking down on “spam” reviews. Yes, they consider posting multiple copies of a review to be spam. Therefore, I will only post one copy there. If the product is available under multiple ASIN #’s, please send a link to the one you would prefer it be posted.
How long does it take for you to post a review?
That really depends. Sometimes, I am inundated with requests. I try to review them as I get them, but some products take more time to test than others. There’s not a lot to test in a bottle of water, so I can review that very quickly. On the other hand, Rosetta Stone took me many months. How else would I know it works without actually trying to learn a new language?
Normally, it takes a couple of weeks. Sometimes, the backlog is about a month. Quickie items may only take a few days. If I think it will take longer than a month, I will let you know.
Can you remove the “this product was provided for review” phrase?
I’m sorry. That is not possible. To comply with FTC guidelines, I must fully disclose when products are provided for review. That is the standard phrase I choose to include whenever a product is provided free of charge for a review. It will appear at the bottom of the review.
How do I contact you?
If you’ve read through all the above, looked through some of my reviews, and would like me to write a review of your products, you may submit a request via the ”Product Review Request” submission form.