biglove wrote:*"Carpenter Watches provided this product for review."
Ya' don't say.
Well, generally the case is that when a blog reviews something, they have it from somewhere. Sometimes it's the distributor/importer/retailer, sometimes it's the manufacturer. Some will review what they've bought, some will lend a watch from an acquainted owner of said watch. Well, that's all unless we're talking of the T&H channel on YT, where a certain cross-breed of a rodent and a primate tends to ooze verbal spunk about watches he's never even held in his paws.
These Kickstarter micros are more than eager to provide watches for review. Hell, if you have a blog, sometimes they'll even email you, asking if you'd want to review their watch. The larger companies (or at least the ones that don't need Kickstarter anymore) are far more picky about providing watches for review. As for the established brands, they're even more unwilling, unless you're running something way more ambitious than a Bazingesque fapfest site.
Of course, when we're talking of some Carpenter or their ilk, they're usually just looking for the desperate, mediocre, and ready to write a wankfest about their watch, or they resort to Instagram - aaaaarghhhhhh - influencers. Unless one's been running a blog for three months with 5-6 posts published, most of the Earnshaws, Carpenters or some other Kickstarter wonders will be very eager to cooperate, because - basically - they count on getting free publicity. Regrettably, they often do get it. That's because a lot of the bloggers lack the spine to say, "No, I'm not reviewing that pile of shite," or to write a review in which they'll honestly say that a watch sucks cock. Well, maybe not directly "this watch sucks cock", but with that general message precisely.