I do buy most of my own supplies and equipment, but I have received equipment and consumables from Provo Craft so that I can create educational content for their products.
I purchased all of my Cricut machines, except the Explore Air. This machine was given to me for testing and teaching purposes. I was also given a bluetooth adapter to use with the Explore I purchased. I have a free subscription to the image library so that I can teach others how to use Design Space and I receive consumables as they do run out.
I purchased my own Silhouette Cameo and Portrait and all of the accessories and consumables I use with them.
I purchased my own GCC Puma III and all of the accessories and consumables I use with it.
I participated in beta testing Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) and have received SCAL4 and SCAL4 Pro for free in exchange from Craft Edge.
If a company sends me products and asks me to do a review, I will mention that. I will work with the products first to ensure that I know how to use them properly, but then my review will be an honest assessment of what I think about the product.
Every product has its strengths and weaknesses and there are many users of the different products out there. I publish blog posts and film videos to teach people how to use their products effectively.
I participate in affiliate programs for Cricut, Sure Cuts a Lot, Mighty Deals, Amazon, Sizzix, Zazzle, Zulily and others. This means I receive a commission when products are purchased through links on my blog and YouTube channel (at NO additional cost to you.) This lets me produce videos and write blog posts on a full-time basis and pay my rent! Commissions also offset the cost of materials I use to teach others.
I only participate in affiliate programs for products that I use and teach.