I'm not sure if this is the place for this question, but regarding samples submitted to you or any of the other reviewers... Has anyone considered that a review sample might be a hand-picked or even finely-tuned example of the product, and therefore not necessairly representative of the product?
Maybe it doesn't even really matter that much and/or there is little that could be done to avoid it, but I was just curious what the prevailing opinion is about this possibility.
OH Yes. Very aware of the possibility. This is why I always say, "The more reviews the better!"
I can only speak for myself, but since my site results in no income for me whatsoever, I cannot afford to go out and buy all of the lights off retail shelves like Consumer Reports does.
Usually I check CPF and other reviewers to see if there are any serious discrepencies between with what I've found and what everyone else has found before I publish, if other reviews are available. If there's something really wrong or unusual, I usually add a comment about it in the review.
Which reminds me, the first CMG reactor I received was an exceptional one, but I don't believe it was hand picked because it was CRACKED and had to be returned... Luck of the draw! I need to update the page with that information - I thought I had already but your comment made me check - Thanks!