Originally Posted by scrotumphillips
I don't think it comes down to trust, but you can't expect the most accurate reviews when someone is getting a board for free.
If I am given a board, I am going to prefer that over some other board without even trying. If Burton starts giving me free gear, their gear is going to automatically become the bee's knees in my mind.
Why? How is BA able to talk shit about boards given for free, but you can't?
If you won a prize and got a free board, yeahh you're going to love it. You just won the lottery. You're excited.
If you are given a board to review then review it. Hell if someone gave me a board, and told me to tell them what I think, I might even nitpick it more than normal.
I think we need to put the bias accusations away, until there is actually bias. Like, there is a major flaw with a board but every tester ignored it.