Trust

Welcome to Wefty + Mash: Dedicated to quality goods that improve with time.

We provide expert reviews of quality goods that will withstand the test of time. Unlike the products and services we promote, our opinion cannot be bought. Our philosophy is that if you choose quality goods built to last and love for a lifetime, you will enjoy them for less than the cost of constantly replacing them. In order to share this philosophy, and to promote goods which embody it, we embrace:

THE WEFTY + MASH PROMISE

We promise to be:

1. HONEST. We will never compromise our high standards for clothing and goods to make someone else happy.

2. THOROUGH. When we review something, we open it. We wear it. We take it apart if we have to in order to judge its’ worth.

3. TRANSPARENT. If it’s a review, our photos will go unedited. If you buying something will lead to money in our pockets, we’ll tell you that. If we received a product free to keep, we’ll say so. And we’ll do our best not to let it affect our view of the product.

4. PRICELESS. We will never, ever take money to say good things. If after we say good things about a brand they choose to promote our views, that’s the only time we’ll accept payment for our writing.

5. HONEST. We’re saying this one twice. Why? Two reasons. I like prime numbers, and because honesty is important. Our word is our bond: It’s what makes our reviews possible. It is what makes them valuable. And it is what makes them worth reading.

5 thoughts on “Trust”

  1. Do you pay for the goods that are sent to you? If not, do you give them away or return them?

    Most of the reviewers that I know of have established their credibility by actually purchasing the goods or services that they review. They also don’t accept advertising revenue from those same companies. The reviewers generate revenue from subscribers and in that way can guarantee that their comments are not influenced or affected by any biases.

    At the very least, I think it’s important that you declare how your samples are obtained and allow the reader to decide for themselves whether or not the review represents an independent opinion.

    1. Hi Peter–

      Great question! For every review we do, we state how we came by the product. Whether it was a gift from a friend, family member, purchased, or given to us by the company. We do agree to keep products long term for extended wear testing from time to time: But if we don’t love it, we won’t agree to that because we wouldn’t want to use it! We do state what happens to products after the review: Returned or otherwise. And if we are affiliated with them, we state that in every post. Much though I would love to purchase everything I review, and make no commission of recommendations, that would leave me only able to post a couple of products per year, and unable to afford web hosting. As the primary writer, this blog is a hobby of someone making less than $25k/year.

      I hope that helps to clarify! -Mash

      1. It’s important to disclose how goods were obtained and what happens to them afterward. While some reviewers get their reviewed product for free, they don’t hang onto it. If the goods are free and have been reviewed, they should be returned or given away through some sort of contest. If it’s a present from a friend and you want to hang onto it, DON’T review it.

        By accepting commission for recommendations, you are definitely being compensated for that recommendation – that contradicts what you say in Promise #4. In my opinion, it clouds any review and isn’t acceptable. It’s up to you to find sources of revenue that aren’t associated with the products you write about.

        1. It’s important to disclose how goods were obtained and what happens to them afterward.

          Absolutely. And we do.

          If the goods are free and have been reviewed, they should be returned or given away through some sort of contest.

          Whenever feasible, we will.

          If it’s a present from a friend and you want to hang onto it, DON’T review it.

          Afraid I can’t promise that. Due to the nature of our subject matter, prolonged usage is a component of our review process. We’re not going to exclude something from this blog just because it was a gift from a personal friend who has nothing to do with the company in question.

          By accepting commission for recommendations, you are definitely being compensated for that recommendation – that contradicts what you say in Promise #4.

          That’s true: We are being compensated for a recommendation, as happens in our article. But if we have a negative aspect to a product we feature, the prospect of lost sales is not going to hold us back from making that clear. Another example: was a pair of Tellasons. That review is over a year old, and now Tellason is starting their own affiliate program: Which we have every intention of joining.

          If we become an affiliate of something we think sucks, we’ll tell you it sucks. And we’ll post affiliate links to it. And our affiliate partners will probably get angry and threaten to terminate our arrangement, and we’ll let them. And our review will stay the same, but will include a note saying “following this review, our affiliate agreement with the subject was terminated.”

          I’d love to do exactly as you are suggesting. Unfortunately, making that happen is impossible for our current situation.

  2. I really like what you guys have going on here, the straight up transparency that you guys present and your obvious knowledge makes me willing and excited to read and trust in your reviews, keep up the good work
    -Asher

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