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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Morning Coffee: FTC regulations now affect bloggers

The Federal Trade Commission issued new regulations yesterday requiring bloggers to disclose if they receive cash or in-kind payment to review a product. I’m happy to say that it’s always been the policy here at CFO to be upfront about disclosing any benefit I may have received when I write a review, so this regulation doesn’t affect CFO at all. And I am always honest about my opinions. Read the FTC press release here, and the official CFO disclaimer here.

After yesterday’s "sparking" water post, I feel compelled to let you know that I do go back and fix typos when I spot them. I hope someone got a good laugh out of that one!

The high value coupon for $1.60 off Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters is back (FF or IE). Print them now because they may run out quickly like the last time. (Via DealSeekingMom.)

A Full Cup user Coupon-Nut reports that Publix has "buy theirs, try ours" offers on some store brand items. She specifically mentions Jif peanut butter, DelMonte no sugar added sliced peaches, and DelMonte fresh cut green beans. If you buy any of those items, you should get the Publix version free. I’m going to guess that other Publix brand items qualify for this deal, so if you have a Publix nearby, definitely take a look around.

Register to print a printable coupon for $1 off Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals Snack Crackers. (Via Coupon Geek.)

Centsible Savings has the scoop on a $5 moneymaker deal on Zantac at Walgreens during the week of 10/18. You’ll need to register for this $5 coupon.

Speaking of Walgreens, you can learn about a moneymaker deal on Glade Candles at Common Sense with Money.

Bargain Briana has the scoop on a new YoCrunch promotion: send in candy wrappers after Halloween and get a YoCrunch coupon in return. Depending on the value of the coupon, this could be a great deal.

P&G is publishing a new magazine called Rouge, which will have P&G coupons. When you subscribe, you can also enter to win a trip for 2 to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics. (Via A Full Cup.)

Gourmet magazine is being shut down, and will only have an online, TV and book publishing presence. It’s part of Condé Nast’s plan to stay in business. (Via LA Observed.)

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  • At 12/1/09, 11:31 AM, Blogger Cathy said…

    So if I understand this correctly, if a dentist gives me a free exam/cleaning/xrays in exchange for me giving him a review and advertising for him on his site, I'll need to let my readers know of the exchange? But if I'm simply putting up an amazon link, I don't have to worry about this, right? BTW - your disclosure is worded very nicely!

  • At 12/1/09, 8:09 PM, Blogger Chief Family Officer said…

    Yes to the dentist example, and I'm not sure to the Amazon one. I don't think the FTC regs cover the Amazon one - they probably weren't as concerned about it, since my understanding from reading the news was that they were mostly concerned with "Mommy Bloggers" who receive all kinds of STUFF - especially expensive stuff, like vacuum cleaners, trips and cars - who weren't disclosing their relationship with the company. Thanks for mentioning my disclosure - you reminded me that I needed to update it :)


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