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Postby CDRecorder on Thu May 08, 2003 2:29 am

How do you get review units of things like CD-RW drives, motherboards, software, etc? Do the companies just offer to give them out, or is there a special way to request them? Do the companies ask for them back, or do they only take them back if you want to give them back?

I was wondering because I thought it might be interesting to test drives and write some reviews of my own some day.

Thanks! :D
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Postby Turkeyscore.com on Thu May 08, 2003 11:26 pm

I have tried many times to get items to review for turkeyscore.com (Soon to be randomreview.com), but i have never had any success. I tried to get a sound card from Creative Labs, they responded, and yes you do have to return them for creative labs, or you can buy the product at a discounted rate. I have tried to get speakers, and software too. I usually get the answer "Sorry, but we have no units available for review at this time." Therefore, I went from trying to review computer products, to posting reviews on random stuff....Like: Cat treats vs Dog treats (which really does taste better), LAN party announcements, other stuff.
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Postby CDRecorder on Fri May 09, 2003 1:16 am

Thanks for your response, Turkeyscore. Have you ever tried to get things like HDDs or CD-RWs to review? Actually, I am working on a review right now (even though I don't have a web site yet, but I hope to set one up soon) of a CD-RW drive I got for "free" after rebates. :)

P.S. I have been to Turkeyscore.com, and the counter is higher, now! :D
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Postby CDRecorder on Fri May 09, 2003 1:20 am

[off topic]I also liked the 15" monitor "review" at your site![/off topic]
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Postby Turkeyscore.com on Fri May 09, 2003 6:27 pm

you say you wrote a review for a Cd burner? If you want, you can send it to me for my website, and I can advertise your future website on mine & vice versa.... :wink:
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Postby CDRecorder on Sat May 10, 2003 12:51 am

Thanks for your offer! I'm still working on my review, but I may send it to you if I don't get my web site up and running soon. Thanks again! :D
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Mon May 12, 2003 11:08 am

Hey Turkeyscore.com,

Would you agree to the same deal with me? I run my own CD-R/W media review website, and I'd love to swap links with you!

btw: it appears your "other peripherals" link is broken :(

my webpage is www.digitaldolphin.netfirms.com and I too have had no luck in getting free things to review, so I buy media in the hopes of eventually getting support from the manufacturers or the major brands
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Postby cfitz on Mon May 12, 2003 12:05 pm

I think dolphinius_rex's approach may be the only viable one. I doubt that too many manufacturers will be willing to loan test units until one earns a reputation for conducting reliable, trustworthy, quality reviews, establishes a position of authority on the subject matter, and acquires a sufficiently broad audience. Therefore, you probably need to start small, reviewing items you buy yourself or borrow from friends, and bootstrap your way up.

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Postby dolphinius_rex on Mon May 12, 2003 12:15 pm

I'm guessing it has something to do with viewership as well. If I have a website that pulls in 100 hits a week, or a month, then there isn't any chance of getting test unts from companies. It wouldn't be worth their shipping costs.

That one of the reasons I try to take part on these type of forums. I take time to learn about my target audience, collect possible viewers for my site, and of course gain and dispence knowledge!

I find the hardest part about writing a review is walking a fine line between being professional about it, and being personal with it. Sometimes, when I am reviewing really crappy media, I have to try really REALLY hard not to get sarcastic! LOL!
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Postby CDRecorder on Mon May 12, 2003 2:27 pm

Thanks Cfitz and Dolphinius_rex. I did buy the drive I'm currently working on. I guess that makes sense that the companies probably don't want to send review units to sites that don't get very many hits or to sites that do poor quality reviews.
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Postby Ian on Mon May 12, 2003 2:52 pm

Some companies don't like to send you drives if your reviews are too in depth. Especially if you find flaws in their products. :wink:
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Postby Turkeyscore.com on Mon May 12, 2003 3:17 pm

Yeah, I would be willing to trade links with you dolphinius_rex. Turkeyscore.com is going down probably tonight and being replaced with randomreview.com. I'll also change my name to randomreview.com. :D
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Postby Boone on Mon May 12, 2003 5:40 pm

Ian wrote:Some companies don't like to send you drives if your reviews are too in depth. Especially if you find flaws in their products. :wink:


All you have to do is explain how those features rock and you really don't want it the other way.

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Postby dolphinius_rex on Mon May 12, 2003 7:31 pm

good one Boone! I like it! :lol:
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Postby CDRecorder on Mon May 12, 2003 11:48 pm

Boone wrote:"who cares about perfect DAE? It's good enough!"


LOL! :lol:

Good one!
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Postby chiphead on Thu May 29, 2003 5:21 pm

cfitz wrote:I think dolphinius_rex's approach may be the only viable one. I doubt that too many manufacturers will be willing to loan test units until one earns a reputation for conducting reliable, trustworthy, quality reviews, establishes a position of authority on the subject matter, and acquires a sufficiently broad audience. Therefore, you probably need to start small, reviewing items you buy yourself or borrow from friends, and bootstrap your way up.

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That's exactly how Anandtech got started. Start small and soon you will be driving a Ferarri to high school. Good luck!
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Postby CDRecorder on Thu May 29, 2003 9:15 pm

That's incredible that this is how Anandtech got started!

I haven't had time to get my site up yet, but sometime soon, hopefully! :)
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