Clickbank isnt a discount coupon facility

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Im a bit annoyed.

I sent out a discount offer (50% off) my usual price, which is a generous discount, and Ive had people buying under their own affiliate ID's.

I know this has been covered before and that I should just be "grateful" for making the sale - but cmon.....

Im offering a $97 product at half price and some scumbag picks it up for $21.

No fair.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben Armstrong
    Most people do the right thing but some will take advantage of you as much as you allow them to.

    I know it sucks but you either have to come with a way to prevent it, or just put up with it.

    Only thing I can think of is making the 50% discount a cashback type offer where you refund the money afterwards, and limit it to genuine buyers. Not sure it would be worth the time to check each purchase and do the refund though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Struck
    I was under the impression that Clickbank had tightened up their policy on this. If I'm not mistaken, it used to be that they discouraged it but now it is against the rules. I thought I read that somewhere or maybe I just saw it in a dream. You might want to look into it.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
      Originally Posted by Rich Struck View Post

      I was under the impression that Clickbank had tightened up their policy on this. If I'm not mistaken, it used to be that they discouraged it but now it is against the rules. I thought I read that somewhere or maybe I just saw it in a dream. You might want to look into it.
      Serious Rich?
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      • Profile picture of the author Rich Struck
        Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

        Serious Rich?
        Yeah I seem to remember hearing something about it. I've Googled it but I'm not seeing it. I could be wrong but I remember seeing it and thinking it was about time.
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      I have never heard that it is in the "Clickbank policy" against using your own afiiliate link for buying products. But, someone can't just sign up to immediately buy under their afiiliate link without making several sales of their own. In addition, some vendors have a TOS not to use their own links, which perhaps you should consider specifying as a condition when making these kind of special promotional offers. Many affiliates such as myself will quite often buy with our own affiliate link to review the product prior to promotion, not just for a discount.
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  • Profile picture of the author Troy Broussard
    Give 'em an inch, they'll take a mile...

    Honestly I know you know this and don't want to hear it, but if there's a way from them to do it, they will and you just have to factor that in before you set your pricing or run promos.

    We occasionally do promotions and send out discount coupons and flat out tell people that they cannot be combined with other discount coupons they may have, etc... Yet every single time we've done it someone has done that anyway and unfortunately our older shopping cart wasn't smart enough to prevent it...
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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    Hmmm, as for the normal price, I thought Clickbank allowed buying through your own affiliate link just fine, and vendors know this.

    I would just not worry about it. Think of it this way. If they didn't buy through their own affiliate link perhaps you wouldn't even get those sales.
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    • Profile picture of the author Troy Broussard
      Originally Posted by redicelander View Post

      I would just not worry about it. Think of it this way. If they didn't buy through their own affiliate link perhaps you wouldn't even get those sales.
      That's a very good point and I've used that same justification for serial refunders, but I've never thought of it towards Clickbank (though I don't use their network). I think that this is probably a very valid statement...

      The bigger problem is that if Clickbank still allows this via TOS then it is encouraging it and there's really nothing you can do about it but just accept it.
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      • Profile picture of the author J Bold
        Originally Posted by Troy Broussard View Post

        That's a very good point and I've used that same justification for serial refunders, but I've never thought of it towards Clickbank (though I don't use their network). I think that this is probably a very valid statement...

        The bigger problem is that if Clickbank still allows this via TOS then it is encouraging it and there's really nothing you can do about it but just accept it.
        Also, if they are buying through their affiliate link they may be less likely to refund, as that will look bad on their affiliate account. Just a guess.

        And they could refund either way, whether or not they buy through their affiliate link.

        So, all's well that ends well...
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    If I am a vendor of a particular product line, and I need one of them for myself, I sure as hell ain't going to go to the local store and buy it retail. I will buy it through my own sales system and get it for the wholesale price.

    What is wrong with this scenario? It seems the obvious thing to do, to me.

    And Clickbank isn't going to do anything about it other than discourage it. They get their 7.5% plus $1, no matter if a referrer is involved or not. S0 why should they care. I can't understand why you care. You end up with the wholesale price, no matter. If someone has that coupon and a referrer sends the sale, you will end up with the same thing. If that isn't enough for you, then don't issue the coupon.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ben Armstrong
      Originally Posted by timpears View Post

      If I am a vendor of a particular product line, and I need one of them for myself, I sure as hell ain't going to go to the local store and buy it retail. I will buy it through my own sales system and get it for the wholesale price.

      What is wrong with this scenario? It seems the obvious thing to do, to me.

      And Clickbank isn't going to do anything about it other than discourage it. They get their 7.5% plus $1, no matter if a referrer is involved or not. S0 why should they care. I can't understand why you care. You end up with the wholesale price, no matter. If someone has that coupon and a referrer sends the sale, you will end up with the same thing. If that isn't enough for you, then don't issue the coupon.
      If you're buying from a wholesaler, I'd be under the assumption you are actually buying large quantities of their product already or are endorsing it and making sales for them.

      A clickbank affiliate isn't necessarily doing either of these things.

      I can't speak for R_J but if I was a product creator I would happily provide a free copy of my product to someone who was genuinely interested in promoting it, or at least wanting to look it over before deciding whether to promote it or not.

      If this is the case, why not simply email him and ask?
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      • Profile picture of the author timpears
        Originally Posted by Ben Armstrong View Post

        If this is the case, why not simply email him and ask?
        I have done that and got a copy. I have also done that and been ignored. So it depends on the circumstances.

        I used to buy specialty products from a vendor and every Christmas my wife wanted the catalog to do her Christmas shopping. And I would give it to her and never think twice about it. If I could get our gifts wholesale, why would I pay retail?

        I am sorry, I just can't understand the bitching about this from product creators. But to each his own. If I see a product I want on Clickbank, I am buying it through my own hop link.
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