Amy Chizzick, who is listed as the founder and publisher of Ocean Magazine, approached our organization (we are a cosmetic dermatology office) in 2011 about doing a review of our organization in the magazine. We were open to the idea and agreed to let her try out the services (approximately $1000 of free services). She came to the office for Dysport (Botox) and a laser treatment in December of 2011. She indicated that we would be profiled in an upcoming issue and told me that March was the time frame for the article to be published.
In the time leading up to the March publish date, I requested several times to see any preliminary drafts of the article. I was promised I would get one from the editors and it never came. After the publish date passed, I requested a copy of the printed magazine so as to see the article. She said that it did not get published with this issue and that we would have to do it in May. [continued below]....
..... The same story was told in May when the story was again not published.
Around the end of May I started doing more research and realized that there may not be a printed version of Ocean Magazine. I could not find any current copies of the magazine in print and in fact when I objected to the fact that I had not receive a printed copy of the magazine, Ms. Chizzick offered me internet based advertising as a way to compensate us. This appeared to me to mean that there was no printed Ocean Magazine any more and in fact it was just a website.
At this point, I told Ms. Chizzick that I was through waiting and I needed payment for the services we had provided. I was no longer interested in her article. I did not trust her or want her to write about our organization because I felt like she was lying to me. She refused to provide payment and instead indicated that she would be writing the article. I told her that if I did not receive payment I would be recouping the cost in small claims court. I have since filed the small claim.
If you are approached by Amy or Molly Chizzick on anyone associated with Ocean Magazine in relation to providing an editorial about your business in exchange for free or discounted services, do not do it. It's a scam. If they do provide a review it will be on their website which gets 134 visits per day, which means no one will see it.