On January 27, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

I’ve sat on something for a few days, and quite honestly, I’m still not sure how to address it.  I’m not going to get into specifics because I’m trying to keep this from blowing up in my face — which it probably still will — but I’m trying, here.

Almost daily, I will get messages asking me to endorse certain vitamins — and I really hesitate to do so.  I hate doing so because I feel that I lose credibility if I were to align myself with a company and that company later turns out to be of questionable character, does something weird, etc.  There are a few things I don’t mind stating — flinstones are for kids, Tums are not the correct calcium for people who don’t have a full complement of stomach acid, etc.  But I don’t want to say “Bariatric Advantage is THE vitamin to buy” because what happens if something comes down the line that puts BA in a negative light and then my word as well?  Or if I change my mind and then BA puts a big ole knife in my back?

I like my back knife-free, thanks.  I get enough enemies without adding more.

So there are precious few companies I will recommend whole-heartedly.  Vitalady is one of them — Michelle will bend over backwards to help us out because she’s one of us and as a retailer, has had that knife firmly placed between her shoulder blades and knows where I am sitting right now.

I don’t mind doing reviews — as long as the company understands that I will do honest reviews.  I don’t sell my positive words for anything.  And if you read what I write, you’ll see that I write positive AND negative reviews.  I’ve yet to be asked to do one or the other — so this is good.

I’m now sitting in an untenable position — one that I’m very uncomfortable in.  This is a well-known WLS company that is very good at one market in the WLS world — and has decided to try another share.  And they suck at the 2nd line.  Absolutely suck at it.  And now, I’m being faced with having to explain this to someone who is very good at one end of the spectrum, but absolutely blows at the other end.

And let’s face it — the product WILL sell if placed in a doc’s office.  Because, well, we’ve seen it.  We’ve seen crap-ass products sell like hotcakes because docs put it in their offices.  So that’s not the problem.

So companies — don’t ask me for an endorsement.  Because I do not like to give them.  Even if your product is the best thing since sliced bread.  Because I don’t give them often — and it takes a very, very long time to earn my trust.  This one company has been around the block for a very long time, and I TRUSTED them.  But now, they have obliterated that trust with this new crap product and now I have to wonder about their other product — if they are marketing this really crap-ass product to the bariatric market without doing better research, really should I trust their other product?

Better, hope for a decent review.  Cause that might be the best you can hope for.  Cultivate a long friendship.  And then, don’t muck it up with continued emails begging for discussions about your new line because after awhile, it just gets pathetic.

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