Swann Wants Us to Swindle You

By John Honovich, Published Jul 30, 2013, 12:00am EDT

What a bizarre pitch I just received. Even for a PR person, this is amazing:

"I wanted to reach out to you for ... a story about how Security Systems can help small start-up business stay afloat. I am able to send you a full system from Swann Security ... that we can have installed in your home or business for a full in depth review. The backbone of the story could be how in a brand new startup business, protection against theft from customers and employees can be minimized with a reliable security system."

This unsolicited impersonal email blast without an option to unsubscribe was sent to me from, and I quote, "andrew felix account manager / golf pro / chicken wing lover"

So he wants to sends us a Hikvision OEMed kit and we are supposed to write how wonderful it is? We'll pass.

That said, the garbage reviews you see on consumer electronic sites are likely powered by many such similar offers / setups.

Note: We bought a similar kit from QSee and will be releasing a test report of it next month. This space is interesting, but we are not going to be petty bribed and rigged by chicken wing loving PR people.

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