Originally Posted by opt33
I see you have watercooling components, and do you know why they perform as well as they do? Because people like Martin was willing to donate thousands of hours of his time testing them independently, and giving feedback. Even killed his cpu and mobo testing them.
Without people willing to donate their time and test large samples of equipment, we are going to be left with nothing but blathering opinions, which gets old in time.
Take a specific instance. Stren tested ?12 blocks, many hours to test each block. Many blocks were sent to him by resellers.
So you want those shops who donated the equipment, even though not their blocks, to pay for an independent review in addition to supplying the blocks, or the tester who already donated an enormous amount of his time?
But glad it seems fair to you...so, why dont you spend a few thousand hours of your time testing, and pony up the fee, and only it post it on this one site...or does your sense of fairness change if it affects you directly?
I spent hundreds of hours helping plan some of the OCN events of the last year, including hundreds of dollars in travel to do so. I quite understand.
To the original point, short answer is yes. Why? Who stand to benefit from the reviews as well? Retailers.
"Big shout out to retailer X for providing the blocks for this review."
People will naturally think of that retailer right after reading the review, potentially resulting in sales.
That is advertising. Agree or not it remains the same. Do I agree with all of the fees? No, but is it legal and understandable why they are doing this, yes.
I also used to do reviews and internal testing some time back for manus so I also understand that side of things as well.Edited by RussianJ - 12/10/12 at 4:17pm