Dear Federal Trade Commission

Blog Salad is a beacon of morality. Uh, yeah. Well, whatever, I’m a good guy so I’m coming clean with the FTC before the new rules take effect on November 1!   (For those seeking more information about the new regulations, click here for a great post from

600px-US-FederalTradeCommission-Seal.svgDear Federal Trade Commission,

Hey!  Haven’t heard from you in a while.  How’s it going?

I heard you’re changing the some of the rules about endorsements, and even though advertisers can still bribe magazines and newspapers for positive product reviews, blogs must now disclose any freebies or payments they’ve received. So, which commissioner got duped by a sketchy blogger?

Well, anyway, I wrote you because I hear you want us bloggers to disclose everything, and since you don’t really know how you’re going to enforce such a ridiculously large task, I thought I’d take some initiative and help out.

So, without further ado, here’s full disclosure of all the freebies and perks I’ve ever received for product reviews:

Thanks, Federal Trade Commission!  I think that’s everything.  And it feels so good to get that stuff off my chest.  Just like church!  😉

Hope you’re having a good week. Talk to you again soon!



11 responses to “Dear Federal Trade Commission”

  1. Nadine

    LOL! And I mean really out loud, a raucous belly laugh. Thanks for posting the link on FLX.

  2. bayareacheap

    Ron–Great post. It looks like we bloggers are really raking in the perks. Glad you fessed up though, especially about the validation. Better take it to the bank quick. ~Kat

  3. Meredith Resnick

    You’re so funny – love the way you look at life! (I laughed out loud, btw.)

  4. Sheridan

    Great stuff… that should show them! haha! Hilarious! I love the validation one!

  5. Christine

    Hilarious, Ron! Thanks for the much needed laugh.

  6. April

    Hilarious! Well done. I’m thrilled you fessed up.

  7. Ron S. Doyle

    Thanks, everyone… *blush* 🙂

  8. ReadyMom

    Ha! Well, make sure to let us know when the FTC sends you a reply.

  9. Alisa Bowman

    I’m totally with you. One of the stories I read about this ruling had a quote from someone in the gov’t who seemed to really think that print reporters return all of the gifts they ever receive — or auction them off to charity. The ONLY outlets I know that do this are Consumer Reports and most newspapers. I’ve worked for a magazine and served as a product tester for other print outlets. I can tell you that:

    * I not only went to Israel for free (on the country’s tourism department dollar), I also had my personal driver and tour guide, all so I could write one story about a race there.

    * I got enough free shoes for a review I did 4 years ago that my husband and I still haven’t worn all of them. And I gave many of them to charity, too.

    * I once did a sports watch review and got enough watches to give one to everyone on staff and every member of my family.

    * I once got something like $1000 in free apparel from Nike.

    THAT was all for magazines. OH, and the ad reps often asked me to write about certain companies and products, just so they could land those accounts.

    For my blog? Let’s see. I think I’ve had review copies of two different books sent to me. And some sort of spray that I was supposed to use down there to get myself in the mood (never wrote about it because it didn’t do anything for me). Trying to think. That might be it. I know, it’s a tragedy that I got those free books, and even worse that I earned 55 cents from the one person who clicked on my affiliate link and bought one of them off amazon (to date amazon hasn’t paid me). Yes, we definitely need to get the government to police this. Otherwise consumers just won’t know where to put their money.

    1. Ron S. Doyle

      Alisa: That was an awesome summary of your experience in both worlds—thank you! If you have any size 11 shoes I’ll happily take them off your hands. Oooh, on second thought, since I learned all this through my blog I’d probably be forced to report it to the FTC, so nevermind the hassle. 😉

  10. styleandinspiration

    LOL! Very amusing, Ron. I can’t wait to see how they enforce this.