If possible please this news article so that more people can see it and be wary, thank you!
This week I received messages from two different people (through Etsy and Storenvy) offering to make a review of my work. They splattered huge statics, like having millions of instagram followers, popularity, or having done it before and making people famous. Of course, their generosity was conditioned by me agreeing to send them some of my work for free. While I don't object the concept of reviewing someone's work, I worry that this has become a popular way of scamming artisan crafters to give away their work for free with promises of exposure and increasing their sales. I wanted to write this journal to tell everyone to be careful, specially if you're just starting your business and struggling to get noticed, it may sound tempting but you should never give away your hard work!
One of them was even more blunt and said that he could write a positive review of my work just by sending him money, he would post my pics with positive reviews for his "thousands of followers to see".
Statics can be faked, watchers and followers can be bought, success histories can be invented. Even more, the people that I've seen doing the best job getting new artists out there do it for free, just out of kindness or vocation. There's some pretty established and trustworthy people that review crafts, but most of them buy everything with their own money and don't ask for free things, and when people offer to send them things for review they usually send them back at request. I'm afraid that lately there's a trend of scammers doing anything they can to get things for free.
I just wanted to let people know, and if you receive a message like the ones I described decide for yourself if that person deserves your trust or not. Please spread the word and be wary.
EDIT: Also here's GrandmaThunderpants comment on the issue, she experienced this before: comments.deviantart.com/1/3453…
Happy New Year everyone!