Wednesday, November 30, 2022


The product pitches I get


I love the emails I get from businesses asking me to write about their product, or in this case a YouTube video. About half the time they offer you the product for free or they will pay you. This one didn’t offer anything, but, really, maybe the company needs someone pitching their product with a better understanding of the English language.

From Chuck. I am going to write the company right now and ask for the product and money to do the review. I won’t take either, but I want to see what they say.


A day later, response received from “Annie”: “I can send the product to you for free, is this can be seen as payment?”

I wrote back: No, we can’t do that without payment. We typically charge $250 for a review and $250 for a YouTube video. We’d publicize both on Facebook and Twitter, where we have sizable audiences.  (Editor’s note: We never charge for this sort of thing, I just want to see if Annie offers to pay.)

A day later: Alas, Annie had no budget, so no payment was offered for a review. We declined the free product, just as we would have declined the money if it were offered.



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Deana F.
5 years ago

It reads like a scam/spam email. I would not click or respond to any message like that. The poor English/grammar is most often an indication that a foreign entity is sending the spam email.

5 years ago

In reference to “The product pitches I get” written by Chuck Woodbury, dated October 18, 2017.
You displayed an e-mail from “Annie from a business named NTONPOWER” which asked you if you would help promote her product. Instead of respectfully declining, you shamed her and lied to her just to try to make your point that you don’t accept payment or products from advertisers.
Annie sounds like a person just starting out in online promotion. She was asking for assistance. Her e-mail does not sound like a scam. Maybe you could have graciously offered a few words of your “fatherly” advice, instead of making fun of her use of the English language. This is really beneath you.
How did you get this past Diane?
Remember when we used to make fun of the Japanese and Chinese
instruction manuals? Well, ain’t nobody laughing now.

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