Originally Posted by 16Eagle314BHDS
Really??? Are you the forum police? OP was providing a link for where to buy the item (which I clicked on so I could see some of the amazon product reviews).
I don't think you get it, or understand the difference between an affiliate link, and a normal link into Amazon.com. That's cool, a lot of people don't. I'll explain.
Amazon affiliates are provided with unique URL's into Amazon to give to their 'customers' - amazon affiliates are subcontractors that get paid by amazon. The links affiliates provide you give you one click access into an item in the amazon catalog that they receive CASH for when you make the purchase. *The link that was provided to you was an affiliate link.* How do I know? I am an Amazon affiliate and the shorthand naming convention for those links is "amzn.to(plus some random chars here)". But I have the ethical fortitude to not farm my links on this forum (unlike others).
It bothers me because as a blogger that follows the rules - I know we are not allowed to provide our amazon affiliate links on this forum. It also violates the TOS with Amazon and can result in said person getting their affiliate account shut down. I do not believe this forum is the proper place to be farming for customers, and I know I'm right because their are specific rules against it - both here - and on the Amazon side. Does that make me the forum police?? or just someone that want *you to know* that you are being marketed to by said person. We all have to play by the same rules and when I see another affiliate abusing them, it irritates me.
This is *not* a case of someone sending you a link to amazon so you can check out a product - I do that myself and I don't get paid when you click on mine. This is a case of someone profiting from the fact that you clicked on *their affiliate link*
Hope that makes sense. If you don't mind being farmed for product that results in a commission for the poster, that's fine with me. I find it unethical when the relationship with Amazon is not disclosed, and as it turns out, against policy here as well.
Do what you will with said information. It was a community service announcement.