amiable wrote:

So if I have Patreons, but don't do giveaways, that's acceptable?
Honestly, I don't see how giving away products should effect my credibility in the slightest, unless I'm giving out review scores that don't reflect the true nature of the product to hype up a giveaway


amiable wrote:

For example, if I rate a product 20/100, but do a giveaway, am I a shill?

You're jumping all over the place mate. The discussion is whether the big YT reviewers get paid to do reviews or not. Do they? Yes they do.

There's nothing wrong with that, they just have to admit it.