Thursday, March 14, 2013

New FTC Disclosures

Several of the blogs that I follow have been posting about the new FTC Disclosure that needs to be included with posts because if you receive a product for free, it is considered an advertisement when you review it. That creates an interesting position for me to be in since I generally purchase all of my own products. The main exceptions being when I receive products from friends (which includes Kara's Way) or from the VoxBox program. I've always disclosed when I received a product for free which includes when friends donated them to me in order to keep the blog going. Nonetheless moving forward the disclaimers might be a bit more blatant than normal. 

You can read more about the new New FTC Guidance on Disclosing Products Provided For Review at this very well articulated blog post.

I'll also take the time to reiterate a few minor points:

  • I do not use affiliate links and while I have considered them, at this point I do not think they will feasible for this blog in the near future. All of my outbound links go directly to the page and I do not gain anything from it.
  • I have not made any money off of this blog (nor have I made anything off of etceteros for that matter), I have not saved any money, and I don't expect that to change in the near future. 
  • While many of the products have been purchased by yours truly, some have been provided by VoxBox and Kara's Way (and I have always clearly states. 
    • A few items have been donated by close friends who (admittedly, none of my past posts fit this criteria, but those I'm in the process of researching and trying out a few products which fit this criteria and the people who provided them) are not affiliated with any businesses (or blogs) and were just looking to get rid of things.

With that being said, I look forward to figuring out a seamless method of making it clear without it being too intrusive. If you've any questions about this blog and the procurement of items, please feel free to reach out and I will provide further information.

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