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You've managed to dream up one improbable situation where the possibility of a trade discount might - might! - influence the content of a review. The corruption would only happen if 1) the writer in question is a whore who is less interested in his integrity and reputation than in getting a discount on the pricier cartridge, and 2) the writer must have only the expensive Dynavector and no other cartridge from any other manufacturer, and 3) the Dynavector importer is a vindictive prick who punishes writers who don't rave about his entire line. Your scenario only works if all three conditions are met. Of course in real life the Dynavector importer is a nice guy who most likely would dismiss a negative review with a humorous comment about the reviewer's hearing rather than seeking revenge on him. But nevertheless you deserve praise for the novelty of your idea, even if it is as plausible as the absurd questions George Carlin concocted for the priest in his religious education classes as a child ("Father, suppose you're in a coma and miss your Sunday obligation, but you're on a ship and it crosses the international dateline so it's Sunday again, and you wake up - do you have to go to Mass?"). And your scenario still fails the broader challenge of explaining how trade discounts for reviewers routinely causes bad components to get undeserved praise or good components to be unjustly panned.

You might ask your invisible playmate to explain how the magazine publishing business works. Your claim that negative reviews would cause subscription rates to go up is risible.


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