We have a very straightforward review policy that should provide confidence in both vendors who would like equipment reviewed, and end-users who are reading reviews that we are as neutral and fair as possible.
All reviews are conducted in as real-world conditions as possible. This may mean that the product is tested for multiple months without any written product being produced.
This allows us to evaluate the actual usage of the product without being pressured to write something early. It also allows us to interact with the vendor on issues, configuration, installation, etc. and both better understand the product, while also providing testing and feedback to the vendor.
This also means frank and forthright feedback about installation materials, usage details, and general every day product use. We often find bugs or problems, and expect vendors to work with us to a solution that is acceptable to both ends. Boats are finicky beasts, and rarely let products work perfectly for any length of time.
All of the reviews on SeaBits are done out of interest for the product or technology. We are not sponsored or underwritten by any company or vendor, nor do we accept product reviews where it is expected we write positively about a specific product.
SeaBits only makes money off of Amazon Affiliate links to products we use/review. No other advertising or monetary arrangements are in place with any vendors.
Nothing is Paid For
We do not do paid reviews, period.
Equipment is Loaned/Donated
All equipment provided by a vendor is either loaned or donated to the testing effort.
In the case of more involved installs, SeaBits will ask for the vendor to donate the equipment, not expecting to get it back. This is because it may require holes or other modifications that would require major repair or costly labor to correct if it were removed. We reserve the right to ask this up-front when considering review opportunities.
In many cases, equipment is loaned for the duration of the review, and returned afterwards.
Currently, almost 90% of the equipment we test, we purchase ourselves or have purchased already because it is something we needed everyday anyhow.
Fair Reviews are #1
We pride ourselves on producing fair reviews across the board. This means many things to us, but includes: a balanced opinion on the technology and product, a fair and open methodology, an honest comparison to other solutions, and a recommendation, if possible.
When products are not up to our standards, or have too many problems to consider them something we’d put our name behind, we respectfully work with the vendor in question, and often times do not write about the product. We’re happy to continue working with the vendor until such time that we can write a fair review.