This week, a jewelry company emailed me and asked if I’d be interested in doing a collaboration. They wanted me to design something similar to that fall capsule wardrobe guide I did a while ago, but they wanted me to feature one of their necklaces in it. I said I was down and asked that in return, I wanted to receive the necklace and a fee of $20. They said no to both requests–it wasn’t in their budget. They told me that what I could get was maybe a mention on their social media pages.
Wow, the chance to get featured in exchange for several hours of hard work?? That sounds like a great bargain! *Rolls eyes*
The way I see it, they wanted me to advertise for them for free, and I’d be at a loss. They expected me to put hours of work into something, yet they wouldn’t really have to contribute anything in return. And it’s not like I was asking for all that much, either. If top-ranked bloggers can get $50,000 per post, then what was a measly twenty bucks and a piece of jewelry?
I wrote back to them and said I thought this was pretty unfair. Maybe they didn’t realize this isn’t such a good practice. Or maybe they did and thought I wouldn’t call them out on it. Either way, I had to speak up.
At least this is a little better than the time a nail wrap company wanted me to pay for their products and then review them. Womp womp.
Hat: old, H&M
Socks: old, ModCloth
Shoes: old, ModCloth
Watch: old, Olivia Burton