At another forum, I was accused of working for Escort or profiting in some way from my product review. This is somewhat understandable, because my work really was professional in quality, so I guess I should be flattered. Flattery aside, I would like to openly address this, just in case anyone here suspects the same thing.
My product review was completely voluntary. I decided to purchase the 9500ci after I saw it at the 2008 CES show (January 2008), many months before it was available for purchase. I bought my 9500ci in January 2009, and offered to review the product as a benefit to our sponsor, Escort.
I did receive a discount, but this discount was not given as compensation for for anything. I work in the mobile electronics industry and have access to most 12 volt products at a discount. That's just one of my job perks. I would have received this discount regardless of whether or not I reviewed the product.
I have received no financial or other form of compensation in exchange for my review. I receive no portion of any sales, or of any sponsorship fees paid by Escort or any sponsor. I am a volunteer. My enjoyment is all the reward I need, which to me is substantial.
Those of you that know me, know that this car is my hobby and that I need no compensation for sharing my experience. I'm living my own dream, tinkering with my car and sharing my experience with you. To others that don't know me, rest assured, there are no secrets or hidden agendas with Gator Bite. I'm a passionate Cayman owner that loves to experiment and share what I've learned.