In the last few months, I’ve gotten no more than four requests from CSN to host a giveaway or review on my blog. I’m pretty certain that if they read this great little section under the tab labeled Media Policythey would know, I don’t do reviews unless you’re a book publisher. Or you want to give me a car (partial to Mercedes and BMW but I’m not altogether picky). Or a free trip. But it would have to be a real trip not like the time I was offered a trip to South Carolina to write about the great state and I gave them my home address to recive the information and I never heard from them again…Actually that was probably a ploy to sign me up for spam. Then again that was a few addresses ago, so suckers! I move way to much for anyone too track me down.
This CSN thing is really bugging me. As I’ve told them several times, I am not going to now nor ever work with their company. There’s a very specific reason why.
Last year I hosted a review/giveaway for them. I got my product (an automatic wine opener) and I picked a winner for the giveaway. I supplied the winners address and that was that. Or so I thought. When I emailed the winner to make sure they’d gotten the product, imagine my surprise to learn they never got it. Oversights do happen (apparently in my giveaways, they’ve happened twice, hence why I no longer do them!)
CSN never bothered to respond to my emails asking what had happened to the prize (and I immediately yanked the post when I didn’t get any response). I was so mortified that this would be the impression the winner would have of me, I bought a wineopener myself (not from them!) and threw in a gift card in a vain hope that she wouldn’t blackball me to everyone around. (She was sweet and understanding and thankfully didn’t.)
If they would bother to read my blog, and the two emails I sent regarding the first two requests, they would know I have ZERO interest in ever hosting a single giveaway or review with them. My thinking pretty much goes like this, if you are going to offer a tit-for-tat then keep your end of the bargain. Don’t ignore emails from bloggers with whom you’ve made a written agreement.
In the blog world it’s pretty simple I think. Do what you promise. Cause us bloggers, we’ve got a really long memory and the power of the internet…
Have you ever been wholly disillusioned hosting a giveaway? What happened?
*If you’ve ever been a winner of one of my giveaways and didn’t get your prize – tell me! I can’t make it right if I don’t know it happened!