When I write a review of a product or share information about a product, I do it because it is something I like, believe in and either own it or plan to. In other words I stack the deck. It is my feeling that good products and companies deserve whatever good publicity I can give them. I don't pimp products just because I've won it in a contest or because I expect something in return. If I don't believe in the product, you won't hear about it here.
Back in October, a certain fly fishing entity posted a giveaway on Facebook offering a certain fly fishing product as a prize. I checked out the product on their web site, liked what I saw and realized the possibilities of that product. I entered for my chance to win.
On November 1st, I was notified that I had won the product in question. Like anyone, I enjoy contests and looked forward to giving the product a thorough testing. I was impressed enough with what I had seen and read that I wrote a post about the product before it even got here.
Today is March 8 and so far, no product and no communication from either the fly fishing entity or the product company except in response to messages I had sent. I sent them a message after about a month and was told that there has been some confusion when someone else had tried to claim the prize, but the product would be on it's way. More time went by without product or word. I sent another message and was told the product had been held up in customs but would be on it's way soon. Now it's 4 months later. Even I will be out fishing soon.
I haven't mentioned the name of fly fishing entity nor the product company and for right now, I don't plan to. But my question is this. Do I suck it up and forget about it? After all, it was free so I didn't lose anything. Or do I release the name of the principals as a warning to anyone who might buy the product that delivery might be a problem?
YOUR opinions are welcome.