A family member cannot order through your Amazon affiliate link, correct?

by Hanz
11 replies
Just making sure. If say your brother has a laptop(same household) and decides to log into your website and click on one of your amazon product links to buy an item off Amazon, that is illegal is it not according to Amazon?
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  • Profile picture of the author pcpupil
    I dont see why not.
    If thats the case,your 200 friends couldnt order anything either and you wouldnt be able to have a backyard bbq.
    I think its only if you personally,yourself,order through your link just to get discounts,basiclly because your getting some money back.
    There was another person here in the forum that sighned up as an affiliate just to get paid from his own link as in a way thats getting a discount.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheRichLife
      My wife buys stuff for us through my Amazon links while using her computer at work. I always get the commission for it.

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  • Profile picture of the author Anup Mahajan
    I don't think it is prohibited, check the Amazon's terms. Many programs which prohibit this kind of activity explicitly mention this in their TOS and I don't think that is the case with Amazon.

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  • Profile picture of the author SuzanneH
    If you want your account banned, go ahead...

    Here's a part of the Associates Operating Agreement:

    You may not purchase products during sessions initiated through the links on your site for your own use, for resale or commercial use of any kind. This includes orders for customers or on behalf of customers or orders for products to be used by you or your friends, relatives, or associates in any manner. Such purchases may result (in our sole discretion) in the withholding of referral fees and/or the termination of this Agreement.
    This is under Item #4.

    I understand that it's easier to ask someone, but people should really refer to the contract they agreed to. I would be very surprised if Amazon isn't logging your IP address when you log in to your Associates account; they could easily track whether sales are coming from your IP address.

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  • Profile picture of the author samlb
    But could they really track his wife's IP from work... but the credit Card may be flagged?
    That's a pretty strict rule...
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    • Profile picture of the author thedogtreatjar
      Originally Posted by samlb View Post

      That's a pretty strict rule...
      Whether they enforce it is one thing but...come on, if it was a small business instead of amazon I bet you would think it was reasonable. Your affiliate link is not for your benefit - it's theirs. You get the commission, they are suppose to get true advertising.
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  • Profile picture of the author theemperor
    I have got commissions for things that I have purchased myself, using the same amazon account that is connnected to the amazon associates account. :-)

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  • Profile picture of the author RyanT
    I don't see a problem with it. e would have a different IP and he's spending money regardless so I really don't see anyone having an issue with it. if for whatever reason they ended up having a problem then just tell whoever is buying to use a different computer in a different place. again I don't se it being a problem
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