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Every once in a while, both here and in other travel forums, readers will find comments by one-time posters which extoll the virtues of various tourism service providers.

I always wondered exactly how this worked. There was, quite obviously, some kind of "quid pro quo" involved, but exactly what?

Well, I found this morning in the NY Times how this works, at least in the case of a certain apartment rental firm, which is NOT the one we are dealing with in a recent thread.

Says Jerry on March 18th, 2009, at 8:44 am:

"Cleverly, they give you a discount to post your experience (good or bad). Send them a link at the end of your vacation and get a rebate some fees."

http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guides/central-and-south-america/argentina/buenos-aires/hotels.html#read

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So, this will help explain to readers why we distrust comments by first-time posters, which only deal about their experience with a certain tourism service provider.

Everyone (yours truly included, LOL) who writes here, once posted for the first time, but I wanted to explain why we take that kind of post with quite a few grains of salt.

Have a great time in our country.

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