WSJ story on blogging ethics has an error; we do accept review units”we just don’t keep them!

The WSJ paraphrased me todaysomething that always leads to troublein their story on blog ethics. They say;

The same goes for disclosing who pays your salary or funds your Web site’s operating costs. “The audience should be able to come to your blog and assume that you’re not on the take,” says Jason McCabe Calacanis, co-founder of Weblogs Inc., which publishes and He holds the 45 bloggers that work for him to “old-school” standards: no junkets, no gifts, no review products.

The truth is we *do* accept review products as anyone who reads Engadget knows. How else would we be able to review so many products? Everyone accepts review units, the WSJ and the NYT. The key point is that we don’t *KEEP* review productseven if the company tells us we can (which some companies do as a way to pay off writers, or just because they are lazy and don’t want to collect all the review units). If someone doesn’t want their product back we give it away to our readers, as you saw at Christmas time on Engadget.

OK, just wanted to clear that up.

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