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What is a "Full Container" and Why Must You Complete One Prior to Writing a Review?

June 1, 2015 // In SR Help // By admin

Posting a review based solely on a sample pack or two is NOT permitted on  This has been our policy since day one, and we enforce this rule aggressively.


Why can’t I post a review after a sample?


A lot can happen over the course of a full product cycle that you may not experience with just a sample.  Here are some examples:

  • A pre-workout might really kick you into gear on the first use, but after a few workouts, you could quickly build up a tolerance.

  • You might experience an upset stomach from a protein on your first try, but then later realize that the upset stomach was due to the leftover Indian food you had for lunch earlier in the day.

  • A product might not taste great on your first try, but become completely unpalatable on your 20th serving.

  • Some products take a long time to notice the effects, whether they are positive or negative.


Do I have to finish the container before posting a review?


Yes.  The only exceptions are:

  • you are unable to finish it because of an adverse reaction, and you plan on returning it, giving it away or throwing it out

  • you have completed 40 servings (or more) of a product that contains more than 40 servings


But other review sites allow me to post reviews on samples! is not like other review sites.  We aren’t a free-for-all popularity contest.  We value thorough, critical reviews.  Read more about why is still the most trustworthy source for Reviews.


I received only a sample through the TROOPs, can I post a review on it?


No.  It’s made abundantly clear to company reps throughout the entire process that they must send out a full container if they want a review.  Please contact us and let us know if you received only a sample pack through the TROOPs.


What constitutes a “Full Container”?


It’s not always clear exactly what product sizes are considered a “full container”.  As a general rule of thumb, a full container should contain at least about 20 servings.


  • Pre-Workout/Intra/BCAA/Creatine products - 20 servings minimum.

  • Protein - At least 1lb or 15 servings, whichever is greater.

  • Weight Gainer - At least 5lbs.  (Sometimes a 5lb tub is only “8 servings”, but 5lbs is sufficient to post a review)

  • RTD (Ready to Drink) products - At least 8 bottles.

  • Protein Bars/Cookies/Snacks - A “full box” or at least about 9-12.

  • Fitness accessories - one item is fine as long as it can be used 30+ times.

  • Other products - a full month supply.


What if I have to take 3 scoops of a 30-serving PWO so it’s only good for 10 workouts?


This is totally fine.  You still used a “full container”.  Just be sure to mention it in the review.


I’m a rep sending out products to the TROOPs.  Can I send samples?


No.  We want our reviewers to have the exact same experience as if they went to the store and bought a full container of your product.  A variety of sample packs is not the same thing as a full container of one product.  One protein bar is not the same as a full box of protein bars.  If you send out sample packs, our reviewers are not obligated to return them to you, and they will not post reviews on them.



  • June 2, 2015

    Very good policy and I fully agree that a review after a sample is not telling the whole story!

  • Wis3guy
    Rep: +2,477
    June 3, 2015

    Just to add a reason on sample packs. Some sample packs don't match up with the products. Two examples I can give. Serving size, Bottle = 6.7g per serving sample = 7.7g per serving. Bottle listing one serving per scoop, sample packs having 1.5 servings per sample.

  • admin
    Rep: +4,638
    June 3, 2015

    Yeah, I also often see samples that are "2 servings" in tiny print. How are you really supposed measure out half of a sample pack accurately and store the second serving for later?

  • June 5, 2015

    Not saying you should have to but you can measure it out using a food scale and saving the rest in a snack sized ziplock bag! I often do that because I don't like having 2 servings of caffeine in my pre-workouts. I also do it since "1 scoop" never matches up with the actual dosage in grams.

  • June 7, 2015

    I used to use the original Met-RX when it first came out. It seemed to help me a lot on my gains. But I guess I could only review it's new products? If so I will have to finish my 5 lb's of powder first.

  • admin
    Rep: +4,638
    June 9, 2015

    @paul - yes, please finish your full tub of the new stuff before posting a review.

  • July 28, 2015

    That's why I always tell forum members on another site that I don't review a product until I've gone through a container or when it comes to PW I don't believe in using the stimulant everyday so I don't review it until I know I've gone through pretty much MOST of the container in order to give accurate feedback.

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