Now I have to go to virtual baby showers too?

Now I have to go to virtual baby showers too?

The concepts of right and wrong are completely subjective in the blogosphere – a big reason  I like it so much. Although online pundits like David Henderson would like to define the “rules” for us it’s really a bunch of people making up stuff as they go.

Which brings me to an email I got this morning from the blogger Lisa Reviews. Lisa, a stay at home mom in Illinois, has decided to throw a “virtual baby shower” for her sister and asks us all to contribute product.  Here’s what she says…”My sister is due to have a baby in May (a little boy), and I’m trying to find the newest and greatest things for babies.  For the virtual baby shower, I am looking for any baby related items for mom, dad, and/or baby.  Nonreturnable samples are appreciated and do increase your chances to get listed.  All samples will be given to my sister to use… You will be given a review post on my blog.  (Stats can be provided upon request)  I will also be doing a roundup post, and my sister will also be doing posts on her favorite items on her blog after she has the baby.”

Okay, Lisa’s site is fairly reputable and has a decent Alexa ranking. Not to mention the fact that she’s being terribly honest here unlike alot of fake bloggers I know who’s primary reason to blog is to acquire free samples.

It’s a very clever idea and Lisa is being enterprising by addressing her sister’s alleged need for baby gifts with her need to review items. But is this request totally legit? Do you think it’s ethical for Lisa to use her blog to get samples or is it kind of sleazy? And does she get “points” for being upfront – after all, she could have just announced she was reviewing products for baby.

You be the judge. Tell me what you think.

P.S. And Lisa, just promise us you won’t make us play those stupid games if we do participate.

  • Belinda
    Posted at 11:40h, 30 January Reply

    Personally, I would be uncomfortable asking for free products from folks I didn’t know.
    Yes, she gets points for honesty, and she might even get some cool free stuff just for being refreshingly honest.
    Showers are, however, social events. Do we have to take the personal touch out of everything these days?

  • Liza
    Posted at 05:11h, 24 April Reply

    Not that I’m impressed a lot, but this is a lot more than I expected for when I stumpled upon a link on Furl telling that the info here is awesome. Thanks.

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  • Nobelin
    Posted at 17:15h, 18 October Reply

    Hi Jamie, Well, first, keep coming back here every day. I post at least two work-at-home jobs every day. You shloud also check out the forum at People post new jobs in the Telecommute folder every day, and the people there are very helpful. I found my current work-at-home job there, and I’ve been there for more than six years now. Put in resumes everywhere at once. Don’t wait for a response, as many of these companies take a long time to respond. Just keep applying all over, and use the time while you’re waiting to polish your resume. I work from home as a general transcriptionist. If you have typing abilities and excellent grammar and spelling, you may want to apply to some general transcription companies. Many will hire a newbie if he or she can pass a test. The WAHM forum also has an excellent Transcription folder on the forum. You’ll find stickies at the top with lots of information on getting started. Best of luck to you! Don’t give up. The perfect work-at-home job is out there for you. With persistence, you will find it. Lisa

    Posted at 08:05h, 05 December Reply

    I thought I’d have to read a book for a discovery like this!

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