I Must Repeat: This Blog Is CORRUPTION-FREE!

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My FTC Disclosure is still in effect despite the fact I haven’t copied it to this particular blog.

I need to repeat this because a shitstorm has erupted in the eSk8 world over a YouTuber who purports to do reviews of electric skateboards. I’ve personally had my doubts over the validity and value of his videos but I’ve STFU about it to let people judge for themselves.

But he’s not the issue.

The issue is that it seems that some Chinese skateboard companies are not only sending out free boards to people who claim to be “reviewers,” but they are accompanying the boards with money.

This is corruption and it’s inexcusable.

I don’t give a fuck how it’s done in China — and it’s very dirty business in China, promoting a product online — that’s not how it’s done in the West. I don’t care how many bastards are out there with open palms to dispute that fact.

I’m not one of them and I never will be one of them.

Any post that appears here is because I find the subject matter of interest to me. It’s not the result of a direct PR campaign, email entreaty, or payola.

In this life, there are too many weasels taking advantage of people, spinning their heads for their own selfish gain.

I’m not one of them.

And this is to put all companies on notice: Ever mention wanting to pay me for a post and I will fucking reveal that communication to the world on this blog to let everybody know how dirty you really are.


Previously here:

Hey, Kids! Tech Press Corruption Is Back!
The Rubes Of Corruption
The Crooked Game
Be An Artist. Not A Brand.
Get This As A Tattoo: China Business Is Different!

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4 Responses to I Must Repeat: This Blog Is CORRUPTION-FREE!

  1. Pope Francis says:

    I wish somebody would send me a free esk8 and some money ;)

  2. Arne says:

    Hi Mike,

    As someone who has gotten a free board through his YouTube channel before I think it’s all about transparency by the YouTuber.

    When I get a product from a company I make sure to note this in the video or the video description. So it’s visible to anyone who wants to know.
    Even though I’ve never had this, receiving money can be ok. That makes something a sponsored video and not a review. I don’t think this is ideal but it’s all about transparency and being honest with the viewers so they know how your opinion was formed. Just make it very obvious when it’s sponsored. (To me there’s still a difference in getting a free product and getting money)

    Would be interested if you agree or what your view on this is specifically.


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