Sunday, October 18, 2009

Blogger FTC Information

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So I have been reading about the Federal Trade Commission’s new stance on blogger regulations concerning free products and paid reviews. I think it's great and I'm more than willing to comply with the new regulations!
http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2009/10/endortest.shtm


From this day forward I will be tagging all posts to indicate where the product came from and how I came about acquiring it. I will also be mentioning it in the review.
The products that I review are a mix of purchases, samples from companies, samples I received by visiting a store, and gifts from friends. Regardless of the source, I always review products truthfully and with no intention of giving a false review to get “free stuff”. First of all, it’s ethically wrong, second of all, it helps no one and third of all, it’s just lame.

So as of today I will be labeling my post with the following tags:


Purchase:
This product is an item I purchased with my own hard earned money. I was given no special consideration or compensation for writing about or using this product.


Press Sample: This is a free sample given to me by a company. Either directly from the manufacturer or from a PR company.

Free Sample:
This is a free sample that I received by asking for it at a local store like Sephora, Nordstrom, for example, or as a freebie with a purchase I made at Bliss or Beautyhabit.com or Sephora.com, for example.
These companies gave me no special consideration or compensation and have no reasonable expectations that I will be writing about their product(s) on my blog.

Gift:
This is a product I received as a gift from any of my personal friends or readers of this blog, who are NOT affiliated with any cosmetic or beauty company.


Here’s where it gets interesting. The FTC ruling does not say if this is retroactive or not. Just to be safe, I will be updating all of my posts with the new tags. The Pink Sith blog is a little over a year old, so this won’t take too long , but anyone getting feeds of my posts, may get their mail boxes clogged. I won’t be insulted at all if you use your spam filter on me.


Just a general disclaimer for now:
© Pink Sith 2009 all rights reserved. I am an average woman who happens to be very passionate about makeup, skincare and beauty in general. Anything I review here at the Pink Sith blog is based on my own personal experience with the product. What might work for me, may not work for you. What might work for you might not work for me. Your personal results may vary on makeup, skincare, body care, hair care and perfume. All my opinions are my own; therefore one should seek the advice of a professional before using any product you are not familiar with. I will not be held liable for any problems that should arise from trying out a product I review here. If you break out, get a rash, have spilt ends, or end up with alligator skin, I am not responsible. Please use any and all cosmetics or items featured on my blog with caution and safety in mind. Please don't eat the body wash because it smells like chocolate. Any links embedded in my posts are not sponsored links so I do not get paid if you click them or purchase a product. All sponsored links are separate and on the side of the blog under the heading "Sponsors” The sponsors have paid me a nominal fee to allow their links posted there. You can click on them if you like, or not. The sponsors in no way influence my reviews. Any links in my posts are there for informational purposes. I do not receive a commission from these links or any purchases you make. Although I have no plans to do so now, I reserve the right to include an affiliate link in future posts if I desire it. However, you will be alerted within said post if it includes an affiliate link. Occasionally images found on the web and believed to be in the public domain are used on this site. I don’t claim to be the owner of such images. All visual content are copyrighted to their respectful owner. If you are the owner of an image and want it removed, please, email me and I will do so as soon as possible. 95% of the beauty products you see reviewed are purchased with my own money. About 5% are given to me from various companies for review. Just because I am given a product for reviews DOES NOT mean I will rave about it. All reviews are expressed with complete honesty. In other words; just because it's free does not mean it gets a glowing, raving review. I am not affiliated with any beauty company or PR firm. I have never been offered nor would I ever agree to paid posts. This is a hobby and my passion. I do this for fun. I do not do this to “become rich” or get “free stuff”. Should I ever become “rich” form this hobby you might want to check the temperature and look overhead because hell will most certainly have frozen over and pigs will be flying.

Good day!
I said Good day!

6 comments:

  1. does the FTC applies to bloggers overseas?

    niway i luv ur disclaimer ^^

    xoxo elle

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  2. Hi Ellie: No. The Federal Trade Commission Policy only applies to bloggers in the USA. :-)

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  3. Hi Elivira, even though I live and work in Europe, I work for a U.S. HQ'd company who is very sensitive about possible conflicts of interest when employees blog in the public sphere. However, my company has nothing to do with makeup of beauty, so I'm OK, but we ARE discouraged from using twitter because of the possible intellectual property loss implications.

    Paranoia, huh?

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  4. and good day to you too!! =D

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  5. LOL @
    "Please don't eat the body wash because it smells like chocolate."

    I heart this blog and you (in a non-stalker way - promise!)

    <3

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  6. goooooooood day suuuuuuuuunshine....goood day suuuuuuuuuunshiiiiine...

    etc.

    brilliant post as usual...I really don't think this is going to change much of anything for anyone if they were an ethical blogger in the first place, so I am not concerned. :) I like your tagging idea though, and I might steal it. Don't sue me...

    I smell like chocolate...?

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