SPY.com is a discovery and reviews platform, connecting you with the latest tech, style, smart gadgets, and health and grooming staples you can’t find elsewhere. We bring you under-the-radar releases and top-rated picks from across the globe.
We’re passionate about products and discerning when it comes to our recommendations. We know you work hard for your money, and we want to help you spend it wisely.
SPY’s team of expert contributors from around the globe lead our discovery efforts. We spy trends and pride ourselves on being tastemakers.
Our editors attend trade shows — from the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, Nevada to Men’s Fashion Week in New York City — to report on the newest launches.
We’re constantly scouring the web to find the latest product releases and we share the news as quickly as the embargoes lift so you hear it here first.
Most importantly, we never recommend a product or service we aren’t willing to buy ourselves.
How Do We Select Products to Feature?
Our editors and freelance contributors spend hours researching products. There is no robot or algorithm deciding which products to feature, just humans! We analyze reviews and read what consumers are saying about the products they’ve purchased. We interview experts to weigh in on certain topics as well so that we can be sure we’re writing informed, accurate content. We also test products in house when possible to provide our own first-person feedback. Most importantly: We never recommend a product or service we wouldn’t buy ourselves.
Do You Make Money from Affiliate Revenue?
Yes, we make affiliate commissions from select products and retailers. First and foremost though, our editors are making recommendations based on the quality of the products and are not swayed by the commission structure. If a product is worth covering and the retailer does not offer affiliate commissions, we will still cover it no matter what so that we can provide our readers the highest level of service and in order to secure your trust.
Can Companies Pay to be Featured on Your Site?
Products featured on SPY.com are 100% editorially chosen and you cannot pay to get preferential placement. We do, however, offer sponsorship opportunities which are created by our editors but labeled clearly as “Sponsored” to differentiate from our standard editorial coverage.
Why Is SPY Content Featured on Amazon?
Glad you asked! SPY is one of the approved publishers featured in Amazon’s On Site Publisher Program. Our product-driven editorial content runs natively on Amazon’s platform so if you’re searching for a product like “best beard oil” or “best weight bench” you may see our brand’s product selections populate. Our aim is to help inform your purchase by telling you quickly our editorial choice, the best value option and best contenders in the category.
Can Advertisers Pay to be Featured in Amazon On Sites Content?
No, these product selections are 100% editorially driven and not available to sponsor.
How Often Do You Update Your Content?
We are constantly creating new content but always going back to our older content to be sure the products are still in stock. We want to create the best service for our readers so every 2-3 months we’ll prioritize updating content based on timeliness, seasonality, product availability and to reflect new products coming to market.
How Can I Reach Your Team?
Feel free to reach out to our Site Director Jamie Miles (firstname.lastname@example.org) with sales inquiries, reader feedback, pitches, and more. We’ll do our best to get back to you in a timely manner, however if pitches are not a fit for our SPY audience we may not be able to reply due to the high quantity of emails being received.
Meet the Team
Jamie Miles, Editorial Director
Jamie Miles serves as editorial director of SPY.com where she oversees site content and strategy. She is based in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to working at SPY.com, Jamie was the site director of BestProducts.com, Hearst Digital’s product review site which she helped launch. She also previously served as managing editor of TheKnot.com and contributed to NYMag.com Jamie has appeared on the The Today Show and Good Morning America as an industry expert. Jamie graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in magazine journalism. Her other speciality? New York pizza. Follow her for tips on where to find the best slice in the city or to find out about the latest product she’s obsessing over. @jamiemariemiles | email@example.com
Timothy Beck Werth, Managing Editor
Timothy Beck Werth is the Managing Editor at SPY.com. A writer, editor, SEO expert and manager based in Brooklyn, NY, Tim studied print and radio journalism at the University of Southern California. He has spent over a decade working in digital media, as an entertainment reporter in Los Angeles, as a copywriter and editor in upstate New York and most recently as an e-commerce editor in New York City. Tim loves rare and first-edition books, manatees and his family. | firstname.lastname@example.org
James Schiff, Copy Editor
James Schiff is a Los Angeles-based Copy Editor at SPY.com. Prior to working at SPY, James worked in several industries, including fashion where he developed his own clothing line, tech where he ran the logistics and operations for Google Glass and Music where he was an assistant to several music agents. He’s passionate about culture, consumer products and all the weird things sold on Amazon. A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of the University of San Diego, James can be found most mornings chasing the sunrise on his surfboard somewhere in Santa Monica. When he’s not in the water, he’s usually stuck in LA traffic, blasting music on his way to a show. | email@example.com
Taylor Galla, Assistant Editor
Taylor Galla serves as an assistant editor of SPY.com where she writes and creates content for the site and run’s SPY’s social media channels. She’s based in Los Angeles, CA. Before joining the SPY team Taylor was working for herself as a digital content consultant for 10 different companies across the country. She ran social media channels, created blog content, sent out newsletters and managed whole digital portfolios for individuals and brands across multiple industries. Taylor graduated in 2018 from Scripps College in Claremont, CA with a B.A in sociology and media studies. She’s a certified yoga instructor who loves a good asana session in her downtime. She’s also an avid podcast listener. Shoot her an email with anything cool to cover on SPY or any podcast recommendations. | firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Bracetti, Contributor
Alex Bracetti is a New York-based lifestyle writer and freelance contributor for SPY.com. He specializes in men’s grooming, tech, spirits, gear, video games, and pop culture. With over a decade of experience, you can find his work on Men’s Health, Tom’s Guide, AskMen, Complex, and Thrillist. Alex studied both Computer Science at New York City College of Technology and Journalism at Baruch College, achieving Bachelor’s degrees in both fields of studies. In his spare time, you can find him making appearances on podcasts and YouTube specials, nerding out to his retro-gaming collection (he’s a major SEGA geek), playing basketball or enjoying a fancy cocktail at popular NYC venues.
Sarah Morlock, Contributor
Sarah Morlock is a full-time freelance writer. Her main focus is travel, but she also writes about beauty and new products in the household goods market. Sarah has eight years of experience as a travel writer, content guru, social media master and startup consultant. Her work includes social marketing strategy for PADI Travel, consulting for a number of tourism brands and contributions to Roads and Kingdoms and Tripcanvas. A graduate of Indiana University, Sarah is also a full-time traveler. Most recently, she completed the Trans-Mongolian Railway, and she has traveled to more than 50 countries in the past 10 years.
Oscar Hartzog, Contributor
Oscar Hartzog is a contributing writer for SPY.com with a passion for movies, TV, and men’s fashion. After graduating high school in 2016, Oscar moved to Los Angeles with an internship at Vertical Networks, a video production company started under Snap Inc. After working with the editorial team at Vertical Networks, Oscar discovered a passion for writing and became a freelance writer for SPY.com in 2017. Oscar is currently a student at Santa Monica College, pursuing degrees English and philosophy. On weekends, Oscar enjoys vintage shopping, surfing, traveling, and finding new Mexican restaurants.
Celia Shatzman, Contributor
Celia Shatzman is a Brooklyn-based writer who has penned stories on topics ranging from beauty to fashion, travel, celebrities, health, entertainment and more. A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, her work has appeared in Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, Marie Claire, New York, Refinery29, and NYLON, among others. When she’s not writing, Celia enjoys traveling, learning to play tennis, and playing with her rescue dog, Watson. Check out her site and follow her on Instagram (@celiashatzman).
Jonathan Zavaleta, Contributor
Jonathan Zavaleta is a freelance contributor for SPY.com. He is a native Angeleno with a passion for writing about politics, music, film, and fashion. His love of media began in high school when he was the editor-in-chief of his campus’ weekly paper. While working toward a Bachelor’s in Politics at UC Santa Cruz, he volunteered as a journalist and DJ at the college’s radio station, KZSC. After graduating, he worked as a writer for an art gallery, an activist for a political organization, and a copywriter for a startup producing men’s grooming products. On weekends you can find him riding his bike, drinking coffee, or trying to do both at the same time.