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Last updated: 10/1/2020
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Pro Tool Reviews is an established online magazine with reviewers and journalists—similar to Consumer Reports or Wired.com’s Gadget Lab—with paid staff and a reasonable expectation that products are either provided to reviewers or comped by manufacturers. While we aren’t really required to disclose how our products are obtained or what we do with them, we feel it’s important to be transparent about our interaction with tool manufacturers. It’s a reasonable assumption that a site dedicated to tool reviews, and which reviews dozens of products per month, must acquire those products to review. Given the fact that we don’t have a subscription-based model, and we review literally HUNDREDS of tools per year, we have chosen to operate under the auspices (consumer assumption) that manufacturers provide tools to us for review at no cost to us. Were this not the case, we’d have to a) charge a subscription fee to cover purchase costs for tools, and b) open up a fully-staffed return shipping department. We’d rather keep our site free to consumers and allocate resources to reviewing more products for our readers and then find ways to give away tools to local non-profit organizations or other entities. All of Pro Tool Reviews’ revenues come from advertisers.
Regardless of whether or not manufacturers supply the tools we review, we hope that, as a group of professionals, readers feel that our opinions are valid and as unbiased as they can be. This is born out in our content, breadth of reviews, and our in-depth methodologies.
Any specifically sponsored content on this site outside of reviews will be noted as such. We are fully compliant with the FTC Article16 CFR Part 255 which deals with the disclosure of endorsements and testimonials by personal bloggers.
Affiliate Link Policy
On our website content that deals with products or accessories, you’ll see links in the form of buttons and/or text that redirect to Amazon, Acme Tools, or other reputable online retailers. If and when you click on one of these affiliate links, Pro Tool Reviews may earn a small commission on your purchase. This revenue helps us continue to provide great product reviews and head-to-head comparisons to our high editorial standards.
In no way does the presence of affiliate links influence the editorial direction of our product reviews or coverage. Pro Tool Reviews is committed to providing product reviews that maintain our unwavering commitment to integrity. The inclusion of an affiliate link does not signify, in any way, an endorsement of a tool or product. In fact, we supply (to the extent we are able) affiliate links for all tools and products we cover or review. This applies regardless of the product’s performance or rating. For any products without an affiliate link, it’s likely they predated our habit of placing those links or we were unable to locate an online retailer at the time of publishing.
Amazon.com and Acme Tools are currently our primary affiliate partners. Because of Amazon’s competitive pricing, vast inventory, and Prime membership benefits, it’s often our first choice for online shopping. Acme Tools is a great resource for some manufacturers who don’t sell online at Amazon. Often we provide multiple affiliate links, however, any choice of one affiliate source over another shouldn’t be interpreted as any sort of endorsement. We also cannot take the time to always a) guarantee that links we’ve chosen represent the product’s best current price, or b) products remain available after the review is published.
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Giveaway Terms & Conditions
For any giveaways on the site, there is NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT REQUIRED TO ENTER OR WIN.
Sponsor is offering a prize to one or more randomly drawn individuals who enter during the entry period. See the linked announcement for prize details and the number of winners. Winners will be notified by Pro Tool Reviews typically within five (5) business days of the drawing. Prize(s) will be fulfilled by Sponsor, and if you are a winner, Sponsor will use the shipping address you select for the giveaway to fulfill your prize. A prize is typically shipped within two to three weeks of the drawing.
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