Zazzler Causes Disclaimer
You may or may not know that the Federal Trade Commission has revised it guides governing endorsements and testimonials. What does this do for you? Part of these changes are meant to hold the online community to the same standards as the offline community. As long as this is done fairly I see it as a good thing. Here is more information on FTC Endorsement Guide for your convenience.
I actually welcome this call to transparency. It gives me an opportunity to let you see into my character. For you younger readers I am talking about how I roll.
First off this blog obviously talks about Causes. The products posted feature designs meant to raise awareness. Some of the artist may be raising money for a charity or organization. Some are only using their designs to raise awareness about something. To be clear I make no claim that a purchase of a product means that money will be donated to any charity. This includes products with designs by me. My designs can be recognized as by tjustleft.
There are two reasons this blog exist. 1.) To raise awareness about important causes, charities, and/or issues. 2.) To make money for my family. Due to health issues I am unable to work outside the home. Rather than apply for disability I am trying to earn money working from home. I will always do so in an ethical manner. I know what it is like to be ripped off and deceived. I will not do that to someone else.
Does this blog make money? I surely hope it will. As of today, January 7 2010, it has not. What are the methods used to monetize this blog? The products you see on Zazzler have special links. Those links contain information that identifies me as an affiliate. If you were to click those links and purchase a product I may receive a commission. Other affiliate links are also placed within the text of my post. Not all links I place on this blog are affiliate links. It would be nice if they were though.
Another way I may make money from this blog is advertisements. If I do place an ad on my blog I will do so in hopes of making money from it. Placing a product or advertisement on this or any blog or website does not mean I have made an endorsement. I does not even mean I have been paid. I would like to be paid to show advertisements :). If I am it still will not constitute an endorsement. If I do endorse anything I will clearly say so.
Do I receive free products or money in exchange for testimonials or reviews? As of January 7 2010 I have not. This really isn't a review blog so there isn't much chance of that happening. I am not above accepting freebies however. If you want to send me a free product or money please feel free to do so. I will be happy. If you want a testimonial or review in exchange you may not necessarily be happy with what I have to say. Whatever I do say will be my opinion. Also I will not be obligated to return any such products or money.
There is a post on this blog and elsewhere telling others they can suggest a cause related product or design. I have made the offer to stimulate commenting, as a way to let other designers know they have a chance to have their or someone else's designs showcased, and as a way to see designs I may not otherwise find on my own. In no way am I obligated to take any such suggestions.
I do hope you enjoy this blog. Even if you do not buy anything there is the chance to made aware of things that you previously were not. That in itself will make the time and effort I have spent worthwhile.