Expediting a Product Review

Why do I charge a fee to expedite the product review process?

First of all, note that this is not a fee to write the product review.  I only charge the fee if I review the product and am able to give my honest opinion about the product.  If I find fault in a product, I will not spend my time writing a review about it and will issue a full refund.  The $100 fee is a “rush fee” and IN NO WAY influences what I write about the product.

  • I am a work from home mom of two kids, ages 12 and 5.
  • My 5 year old is home with me the majority of the time
  • I cook, clean, and do laundry while taking care of my kids and working
  • My son and daughter don’t cook, clean, or do laundry (my son is learning to do laundry.. he’s pretty great!)
  • I enjoy spending time with my family
  • I usually test a product for at least a couple of days before starting the notes and review process
  • A review typically takes 3 – 4 hours to prepare and write
  • I work at least 8 hours a day which is a feat in itself considering everything else I do, like keep house and take care of two kids.  We tried the nanny thing and because I work from home, that just didn’t work.. mostly because I am too attached to my kids, not the other way around.
  • I’ve been running my business for 11 years and have learned that my time is valuable, I can’t please everyone, and I should get paid to be in a hurry.
  • I have 70+ products waiting to be reviewed at any given time
  • I take time out of my day to express my excitement over products that I am passionate about.  When I am really excited about a product I write about it on The Mommy Insider and Gadget Goddess, and social networks including Twitter and Facebook which takes a lot of time.
  • If I choose not to review the product I will issue a full refund

On that note, here is the link back to the “Submit a product review page“!  I look forward to featuring your product or service on The Mommy Insider.

Comparison chart:

(What you get and what you don’t get)
+ review
giveaway + review + exclusive* coupon
front page exposure 5 days 10 days 12 days up to 5 days
archived copy no yes yes yes
free mention in weekly newsletter
5,274 subscribers – 11/10/09
no if individual product
value is $75+
yes if individual product
value is $75+
free twitter mention no if individual product
value is $50+
yes if individual product
value is $50+
free review no yes yes yes
free feature in our daily RSS feed no yes yes yes
Exclusive = value higher than or equal to the highest value discount you are currently offering.

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