It's been awhile since we've had to chat. I remember when you sent me box after box of rubbish that, based on my user profile, you should have known I'd never have to use.
The boxes stopped coming and the surveys started telling me I probably "wasn't a good fit" for upcoming programs. You were likely right and I saw this as a step in the right direction. Yay progress!
Recently a survey came along for testing a sleep aid, and since I have a transatlantic red-eye coming up that I'd love to sleep through, I said sure.
The ZZZQuil VoxBox was waiting at my desk when I arrived this morning. I instantly noticed something different about this box compared to others:
It's rather tiny. Past boxes are loaded with full size products. Multiple full size products. Granted, I often left them for co-workers to take home since I'd never use them, but at least you tried to make our time worthwhile.
Now you've just gotten stingy. It's clear you don't care about the time we put into blog reviews and social media promotion when you think one measly dose of a medication is appropriate compensation. Nevermind that one dose doesn't provide enough experience to give objective coverage. Nevermind that this particular product, ZZZQuil, is just Benadryl that will be overpriced now that it's wrapped in a brand's fancy packaging that tells us what we already know—Benadryl makes people sleepy.
Speaking of how stingy you are, I have another VoxBox to complain about and I can't even share it here because it's not real. What is with this Virtual Vox nonsense? Worse than asking us to promote a product based on a sample, you now want us to promote products we haven't even tried? Kylie Jenner's nail polish retails at $2.99, and you're asking bloggers to create buzz about it with no product to try, nothing in return but the chance to win the full collection? Rude.
Every blogger has to start somewhere, but you've progressed from not listening to us to simply taking advantage of us. I hesitate to post this as I'm still technically providing coverage "in exchange" for your super generous drug sample and chance to win cheap nail polish, but someone needs to tell it like it is: you've gone from bad to worse.
Sure, people desperate for anything free will keep eating your nonsense up, but it won't result in the quality influencer coverage that comes from the mutually beneficial relationship between sponsor and blogger.
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