Over the years I've seen press samples being sold online, at flea markets, in consignment shops or even in places like Loehman's. As it's become quite common for brands seed products to bloggers, will we see bloggers selling gifted items as well?
Last week I was cleaning out my closet, and the thought occurred to me to sell some of the more valuable items instead of giving them to charity. As I was going through the clothes, I noticed that some of them were gifted from brands. Now, I generally just give my clothes to charity, which is only partially alturistic and mostly out of laziness as it's easier to drop off everything at one place. Anyway, I wondered if it was an an ethical to sell some of the things I had been given.
While it would be great to say one way or another, if you sell a gifted item, is the editorial content you created truly editorial? Are you then being compensated? A previous IFB post about selling gifted items, had a wide range of opinions varying from, being bad for relationships with brands, to selling in lieu of being compensated, to it's ok to sell mass produced items, but not ok to sell handmade. There isn't any cut and dry solution but should there be?
What do you think?
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