If you are a blogger that uses Tomoson, do not feel as though you are safe through that portal. Recently, I had the most horrible experience. I was shipped a product from Day by Day Beauty and in exchange they were supposed to pay $50 for the review. Well, let me tell you this did not happen at all.
I received their Vitamin C Serum in the mail and since they were paying a fee, I put them at the top of my list. I tested out their product, which is amazing by the way, and then posted the review.
The representative emailed stating that my price was too high for her. Keep in mind my Giveaway blog is a two-year-old blog and I have a decent social media following. My blog gets more than 100,000 visitors per month and I promote the posts on the main page of my blog for at least a week across social media channels. However, the price of $50 was too much when bloggers with similar stats charge much more than this.
This company led me on to believe that they were going to pay after I discussed how I had spent time expediting their review and I even left an Amazon review. I liked the product so this was not a problem at all. However, pro bono work is definitely not done on expedited measures. Long story short, after being asked to make amendments to the post, such as including two of their links linked to specific words she decided it is best to just remove the review and take it as a loss.
Even though I did like their product, I felt as though this company is very unprofessional and that will deter me from purchasing from them or recommending them to anyone. I will leave my Amazon review up but other than that, I cannot help them promote since they have a motive of manipulating bloggers.
I figured I would share this warning here so other bloggers can avoid being scammed by them and wasting their time. Bloggers work hard to upkeep their blogs and we spend a lot of time promoting and testing out various things so we can leave customers honest reviews. We may not depend on blogging as a full time job yet when someone swindles us, it takes its toll. We have invested time into something that would have been beneficial you know.
Have you ever had a bad experience with a company when blogging? If so, feel free to share in the comments section below to prevent other bloggers from experiencing the same thing.