1/ Should a good reviewer be rewarded for a good review (I mean a YouTube review, full HD, no silent Charlie Chaplin-esque nonsense with just someone's hands fumbling an "unboxing" in 360p).
2/ When high profile PR agencies hand out sample stock of handsets, who pays for the samples? Are they factored into the manufacturer's corporate marketing budget?
The reason I ask this is that I have reviewed many things over the years - I was once given almost £1,500 of Mac Pro RAM to review, and afterwards told to keep it. Likewise for a graphics card I reviewed, a games console... etc etc. I know some companies ask for stock back - I'm just wondering if they'd be less inclined to do so if the review were a really good one (note: by "good" I do not mean intentionally favouring the device [lying] JUST so I get rewarded - I mean even if it turns out the device is terribly bad, an honest review can still be a "good" review - well constructed etc).
I don't expect to be rewarded, I am merely asking what Paul and others think about one's time spent on doing a review - I am about to do a review of a VERY cheap handset, and the time it will take is negligible, but the publicity it will provide for the manufacturer will be good for their sales (my YouTube channel has well over 1M hits - not massive by YouTube standards, but nothing to sniff at!).
How would you approach the company, post-review, to see if I get to keep the device? If I have to give it back, that's cool - just wondered.
Edited by glossywhite, 16 October 2012 - 01:13 AM.