Vendors answer questions and post Stories for the same reasons that other people do: as a group, they have an enormous amount of valuable information and experience, and they want to share it in order to be helpful to you. Best Places allows vendors to include their company name so that, if you find value in the answers or Stories of a particular vendor, you’ll know what company he or she represents. You get the information you need, and the vendors can get some free publicity.
You can trust that Best Places does not manipulate content to sell you anything. All opinions in the Community Q & A and Expat Stories are those of its authors, not Best Places.