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      Post #47361, posted on 03-20-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      I have received an unsolicited request to provide product for product review from people purporting to be from this previously unknown to me magazine.

      My suspicions are aroused for a number of reasons including:

      the signature on the e-mail is a british/american type name, but the e-mail address contains a completely different german name.

      the request was to my private e-mail with no explanation of how they came to get it (no, it is not on my website and neither name appears among my records of previous customers)

      the e-mail makes a lot of unsubstantiated self promoting claims including a hard to believe claim they have a newsletter subscribers list of 65,000+ modelers

      the number of decal samples they are requesting seems excessive - essentially one of everything I have issued late 2012 to current

      On the other hand the website www.euromodelnews.net does seem to be genuine albeit it sheds no confirmation on the various claims made.

      I am wondering if anyone here can shed any light on this organisation to lay my suspicions to rest or confirm them.

      I apologize if I am sounding paranoid here but to me the combination of factors above and the unfortunate prevalence of scams these days is sending my internal alarm bells into overdrive.

      many thanks in advance for all info.

      John
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      Post #47362, posted on 03-20-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      Hello John.
      They seem to be a genuine web site:
      http://www.euromodelnews.net/

      All the best
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      Post #47363, posted on 03-20-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      Whereas I am normally very happy to send samples to the press, I refuse to supply them any sample. I used to but I got very unhappy when I realized the "kit review" they promised to do consisted of a couple of photos downloaded from my own website!

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      Post #47364, posted on 03-20-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      Why don't you forward the email to a contact from the website and ask if that's from them?

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      Post #47365, posted on 03-20-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi,

      About once a year I got the same type of email from them. I have no
      problems with sending out items for review, and do so to SAMI.

      But I find the way they write a little strange. More like a command
      to send them what they want. Not a polite request if I would like to
      supply some items for them to review. So I'm not sending them anything.

      Happy modelling,

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      Post #47366, posted on 03-20-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Ruben! I agree entirely. Too bad I always throw their emails, I could have shown how polite they are. They usually start with "Send me this kit and this kit and that one too", you know, they always decide what kits they want. Two weeks later, when they realize there's nothing in the post, they send another email asking "Have you sent the kits yet?". Literally. For God's sake, forget about me!

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      Post #47378, posted on 03-21-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      Sounds like a great way to get free kits and decals!

      Have a look at my aviation photos here!

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      Post #47386, posted on 03-22-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      John

      It's your call, but I think if you do consider sending them anything, surely they can send a few samples of their newsletter for you to get an idea of what their product reviews are like before you commit to sending anything.

      I think Laurent and Ruben have taken the sensible path, I don't know what percentage you currently sell in Europe, and you would have to ask yourself would this garner more sales, sounds more like SuperVC10 says

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      Post #47391, posted on 03-22-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      I have no idea how many modellers there are around, but they says they have 65000 readers
      of their newsletter. If so, I'm pretty sure that nearly all members of all the modelling
      forums I'm a member of, should be a reader. Still, I have never read a word about them
      anywhere before John startet his topic here......

      Happy modelling,

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      Post #47475, posted on 03-28-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks all.

      Ruben - yes, I too wonder at the 65,000 claim. I would be most surprised if there are anywhere near that number of active modelers in the world far less subscribing to an obscure newsletter. My radar antennae was in overdrive at that apparently extravagant claim.

      Super VC10 / Graeme - yes, that thought crossed my mind too, especially after reading Laurent's comments.

      About a third of my sales are to overseas buyers - until recently mainly to members of the very large (relative to our population) NZ expat communities scattered here, there and everywhere. I decided to send them some of what they asked for and then, as they didn't specify scale, the smaller scale stuff thereby heavily limiting the cost. I will be interested to see what they do with them.

      best regards to all.

      John
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      Post #47488, posted on 03-29-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      The whole thing sounds like a scam to get items for free. Have you guys seen the reviews: single images, mostly taken from the manufacturer website, some with a small description, some with absolutely nothing. Certainly doesn't look like a review site to me.

      Regards,

      ahmed