Does affiliate link put you off?

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When u read a review site and see the product that is under review has an affiliate link..

Does it put you off?

Does it affect your opinion on the product and review?

Will you use that link if u decide to go ahead with it?

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  • Profile picture of the author D37
    I guess for some people it does because they think you're more biased towards that product.

    Personally it doesn't matter to me as long as the person sharing that link is providing with me value.
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    • Profile picture of the author PLRExpress
      I have no problem at all buying through an affiliate link. If the one that is recommending the product has taken the time to test it and give a thorough review of the product - or that person has used and recommends the service - I will always buy through the affiliate link.

      I do think it depends on the affiliate though. It's not that I would go to a person that I don't trust, read a review and then NOT buy through the affiliate link - it's that I probably wouldn't be paying attention to a review from someone that I didn't trust in the first place.

      It's easy to get a little disheartened when you're constantly being bombarded with affiliate links to various products so that the affiliate can grab a commission - but, even then - if it's a person that I trust and respect, I will buy through their link if it's a suitable product for me.

      In fact, sometimes if I know that a certain person introduced me to a product that I hadn't heard of and then I go and research it somewhere else, I would come back to the place where I heard about the product and purchase through their link because they provided the service of telling me about a great product that I wouldn't have otherwise heard of.

      It's not to dissimilar to adverts on websites. I don't expect a person to not want to make money from their content/work and, if they make a recommendation that I think is suitable for my needs, I think that they should be compensated. It's a win/win situation.
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      • Profile picture of the author Lee Murray
        Originally Posted by NathanDevlin View Post

        I have no problem at all buying through an affiliate link. If the one that is recommending the product has taken the time to test it and give a thorough review of the product - or that person has used and recommends the service - I will always buy through the affiliate link.

        I do think it depends on the affiliate though. It's not that I would go to a person that I don't trust, read a review and then NOT buy through the affiliate link - it's that I probably wouldn't be paying attention to a review from someone that I didn't trust in the first place.

        It's easy to get a little disheartened when you're constantly being bombarded with affiliate links to various products so that the affiliate can grab a commission - but, even then - if it's a person that I trust and respect, I will buy through their link if it's a suitable product for me.

        In fact, sometimes if I know that a certain person introduced me to a product that I hadn't heard of and then I go and research it somewhere else, I would come back to the place where I heard about the product and purchase through their link because they provided the service of telling me about a great product that I wouldn't have otherwise heard of.

        It's not to dissimilar to adverts on websites. I don't expect a person to not want to make money from their content/work and, if they make a recommendation that I think is suitable for my needs, I think that they should be compensated. It's a win/win situation.
        Ditto. I feel the exact same way.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexander K
    I don't mind affiliate links, doesn't affect me at all, but means I helped someone make money. As for the review? I would take it with more of a grain of salt, but that doesn't mean I won't disbelieve it.
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  • Profile picture of the author crystal2
    Though it doesnt have much effect if its shared with affiliate link, but yes to some extent reader may think that the product may/may not be good..but the sole purpose of putting the affiliate link here was to generate affiliates and hence revenue and may not be of that valuable as it seems..
    just my 2 cents..
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    It all depends WHO the review is from.

    If it's someone I trust then I'll happily use it - if not - then I won't.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alohatom
    As others have mentioned, if I trust the marketer, then fine...but I do have the thought that if he or she were on their game the aff link would at LEAST be masked in some form or go through a domain they own rather than a naked hop link...just my 2 cents.
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  • Profile picture of the author Newbieee
    ok.. good input, thanks guys.

    But i see alot of if i trust the person who did the review.

    that is a very basic standard book answer. =P

    the question is "how do u decide if u trust or not"

    meaning u just come accross a site that is a review site.

    u do not know this guy previously. so how do u "trust" this guy.

    unless of cos u only read reviews that are from people u know.
    like on this forum.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
      I'm much more positive about affiliate links than any of the choices you had in the poll, so I didn't vote. If I see a product I want to buy, I'll go out of my way to see if someone I know, or someone from this forum has an affiliate link. I did this when I needed hosting. (I had done all the research on my own, not on an affiliate site.)

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      • Profile picture of the author Newbieee
        Originally Posted by Lloyd Buchinski View Post

        I'm much more positive about affiliate links than any of the choices you had in the poll, so I didn't vote. If I see a product I want to buy, I'll go out of my way to see if someone I know, or someone from this forum has an affiliate link. I did this when I needed hosting. (I had done all the research on my own, not on an affiliate site.)

        It doesn't cost a cent more, and you might make a new friend.
        that makes abit of sense.

        which is abit interesting about what u do.

        BUT how do u research without an affiliate site?

        you will read what others have said in the program and maybe see 1 or 2 videos of insider, like a sneak peak of waht looks like in the members area.
        usually those have affiliate links, no one will do that for free.

        then if u like it shouldnt u buy from him?

        how do u research without hearing others out?
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        • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
          Originally Posted by Newbieee View Post

          BUT how do u research without an affiliate site?
          For the hosting question I mentioned, I spent about 20 hours at webhostingtalk.com. All the research was from discussions there, then from the hosting sites, including their contact pages, and sometimes the live chat.

          I don't have the slightest interest in reading a hosting affiliate review site. There might be some that are open, accurate and honest, but it's not worth the time to sort them out. Forums also have a much easier back and forth exchange of info if I have a question.

          It's a much better forum for hosting recommendations than this one btw. This one might have it beat for nearly everything else.
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      • Profile picture of the author JMSD
        Originally Posted by Lloyd Buchinski View Post

        I'm much more positive about affiliate links than any of the choices you had in the poll, so I didn't vote. If I see a product I want to buy, I'll go out of my way to see if someone I know, or someone from this forum has an affiliate link. I did this when I needed hosting. (I had done all the research on my own, not on an affiliate site.)

        It doesn't cost a cent more, and you might make a new friend.
        I'm surprised at the question since we are all marketers, here, and have either dabbled in affliliate marketing from time to time or make full-time income from it. Why should we be put off by an affiliate link, especially on a review site which has good information?

        Like Lloyd, I'm grateful to find a review site that gives me indepth information about a product or when I receive an email promotion that is informative. It saves me time and ultimately money since I can then make an informed choice.

        I never begrudge an affiliate his due. The only kind of affiliate links I don't click on are those that give me no information whatsoever but demand in a single short sentence (particularly in an email) to "Click Here". I exit out of such thin "review" sites in seconds and move onto another site where the affiliate has taken the trouble to give me info which I can use to do further research, if necessary. When I do decide, I usually buy from the original affiliate's review link.

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        • Profile picture of the author Newbieee
          Originally Posted by JMSD View Post

          I'm surprised at the question since we are all marketers, here, and have either dabbled in affliliate marketing from time to time or make full-time income from it. Why should we be put off by an affiliate link, especially on a review site which has good information?

          Like Lloyd, I'm grateful to find a review site that gives me indepth information about a product or when I receive an email promotion that is informative. It saves me time and ultimately money since I can then make an informed choice.

          I never begrudge an affiliate his due. The only kind of affiliate links I don't click on are those that give me no information whatsoever but demand in a single short sentence (particularly in an email) to "Click Here". I exit out of such thin "review" sites in seconds and move onto another site where the affiliate has taken the trouble to give me info which I can use to do further research, if necessary. When I do decide, I usually buy from the original affiliate's review link.

          James

          there are many out there that give u fat reviews.

          many info.

          but they only say the good stuff.

          or they can make up all the good stuff, but its still info unless u know the truth then its either useful info or just crap to get affiliate commissions.

          its a fact that people in some way or another are turned off to affiliate links, why do u think when people share links here they always most often then not say "oh by the ways this is not an affiliate link" or " im not affiliated to them in any ways"
          that is because by saying all good about something and giving an affiliate link only switch on peoples radar that u only want their money.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      Originally Posted by Newbieee View Post

      ok.. good input, thanks guys.

      But i see alot of if i trust the person who did the review.

      that is a very basic standard book answer. =P

      the question is "how do u decide if u trust or not"

      meaning u just come accross a site that is a review site.

      u do not know this guy previously. so how do u "trust" this guy.

      unless of cos u only read reviews that are from people u know.
      like on this forum.
      Ok - in that case it's easy - I don't.

      If I read a review and see an affiliate link - I ignore the review completely and write it off as a sales tactic.

      Is that simple enough for you?

      There are way to many idiot rip-off merchants around for me to blindly trust some random person offering an affiliate link.
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      • Profile picture of the author Newbieee
        Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post


        Is that simple enough for you?
        yup.. hahah

        thanks,
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  • Profile picture of the author thekaver
    i do read reviews, but then also the offer page of the actual product as the review can be biased
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I never read affiliate review sites. They are biased. It's not an objective review. I'll read reviews from places like PC Mag, etc. but not the millions of little affiliate review sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
    To me, it depends on the way they present their link.

    I've seen countless "reviews" that say:

    "BE AWARE OF OTHER WEBSITES THAT CLAIM TO SELL THIS PRODUCT - THEY ARE FAKE. CLICK HERE TO BUY FROM THE REAL SITE"

    Then the "real site" they give you is their affiliate link... LOL so pathetic..

    If they have to resort to that kind of tactic to make a sale, I'm not buying from them.
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  • Profile picture of the author blillard
    I'm no hater and we all been around here for sometimes and should know that most all promos and reviews may have an affiliate link in it.

    If the product in questions is something that will help you and your business why the heck not.

    When you help someone out you open the doors for a lot more than just a affiliate sale.

    Try reaching out to them after the sale and let them know you got the product from their link.

    You never know, but there is no reason to be hater and not buy because you know there is an affiliate link somewhere. I believe that is more common in newbies who feel like EVERY is dishonest and wants to take them for a ride.

    Cheer!
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  • Profile picture of the author nadal619
    I agree with the point that it is biased ,

    so for me before buying a product I try to look to many reviews , and other websites like imreportcard .
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  • Profile picture of the author JanelleJ
    It depends on what kind of product we're talking about here. Generally speaking, I use reviews to get a better idea about products and features, then I do my shopping elsewhere. I tend to look for reviews from a variety of sources to lessen any possible bias effect. It's the scientist in me. :p
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  • Profile picture of the author Lucian Lada
    I will not decide to buy it solely on that review. Why? Because when I was promoting a weight loss product I've searched for it on Google to see how was my competition doing.

    The first 10 websites that I've visited were so bad that I couldn't believe my eyes. What they were saying were totally in favour of the product, not a single negative comment about it. That made me think that nobody cares about nothing, they are there to make money only.

    I know there are lots of people (including myself) that promote only good products and believe in them. But everytime I read a review and I see an affiliate link, a little man in the back of my mind tells me that he/she (the reviewer) only wants my money.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeoMasters
    It's kind of annoying when I'm trying to find an honest review of a product and all I find on page 1 of google is affiliate reviews. Don't know who to trust these days. I always check with forums first to see if anyone has bought the product and done a review of it there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Looking4Mentor
    Originally Posted by Newbieee View Post

    When u read a review site and see the product that is under review has an affiliate link..

    Does it put you off?

    Does it affect your opinion on the product and review?

    Will you use that link if u decide to go ahead with it?

    Take the poll.

    Hi Newbieee!

    I think anyone exposed to IM will not take any review site seriously when you see them promoting it with their personal affiliate link. Let me guess, the outcome to their review is they like it!... Followed by, "Go here to buy it now!"

    I think review sites should be targeted for those who have no idea about affiliate marketing and will buy because the sales page is convincing or the product is really good. For instance, a review site about a product that will help dandruff control will bring in a general audience who will click on the affilate link without thinking twice about it vs. an IM review site promoting the next best software.... make sense?

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    • Profile picture of the author Newbieee
      Originally Posted by Looking4Mentor View Post

      Hi Newbieee!

      make sense?

      Peace.
      yea make sense.

      thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cheryl Hines
    Like others have said, if the review is providing true value, I don't mind the affiliate link. If am going to buy something, I am going to buy it through some outlet, right? I don't mind "rewarding" the best presenter.

    I do get a bit put off when it is a "skinny" review. But if the site provides lots of useful info and even some other customers' comments, I feel like the person did me a favor by doing the research for me.

    I think that we marketers become a bit jaded because we know how these sites are put together. But if we step back into the shoes of a customer, I believe we can appreciate the effort the author put out.

    my 2 cents,
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    When it comes about IM products... I don't really care about review sites - most of them are fake, anyway.

    However, I have researched very professional review sites when I was looking for a good SLR camera. To be able to write a thorough review, one needs to have a lot of knowledge about photography and related stuff. Just reading it you can tell whether it's written by a pro or some half-brained wannabe

    Oh, and to answer the OP question: the camera review guy had some affiliate links at the end of the 8-9 pages review... with a humble, polite request to use them if considering an online purchase. Actually, I felt bad not being able to buy through his link (they were US links and I am in Canada: border-crossing shipping is always a nightmare).
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    • Profile picture of the author Newbieee
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      (they were US links and I am in Canada: border-crossing shipping is always a nightmare).
      oh yes that is another thing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Newbieee
      Originally Posted by Whos That Guru View Post

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      lol
      oh hahahah thanks.

      nv tot of using it.

      i will try. hhaha thanks mate!
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  • Profile picture of the author Franck Silvestre
    It depends. If I know the marketer who created the review site, I'll have no problem and click on his link so he can get the commission. He is rewarded for this work. But if it's one of the general review sites, I will continue my researches to find out what's the truth about the product.

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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      I don't have a problem with affiliate links. I do have a problem with a lot of affilitates. Over the years, I've tuned my BS meter to a pretty fine tuning and most affiliate 'reviews' bounce the needle so hard it hurts.

      Most are so superficial that anyone basing a buying decision on them, especially something you have to live with for the long term (like hosting), needs to have their heads examined.

      On the other hand, I have also learned to recognize the 'voice of experience', like the reviewer Istvan mentioned or the in-depth editorial reviews Suzanne mentioned. A transparent pitch to use the affiliate link, used respectfully, is no problem. Give me the link, and tell me up front that it's an affiliate link. I'm likely to assume that anyway, so don't try to pee on my leg and tell me it's raining...
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      • Profile picture of the author Newbieee
        Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

        so don't try to pee on my leg and tell me it's raining...
        wow i tot that was funny..

        ur sig is interesting too.

        u are a hilarious guy.

        laughter is the best med.

        thanks for the med.
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        • Profile picture of the author Newbieee
          Originally Posted by nadal619 View Post

          I agree with the point that it is biased ,

          so for me before buying a product I try to look to many reviews , and other websites like imreportcard .
          but where those products come from? i nv heard of those products listed there.

          Originally Posted by JanelleJ View Post

          It depends on what kind of product we're talking about here. Generally speaking, I use reviews to get a better idea about products and features, then I do my shopping elsewhere. I tend to look for reviews from a variety of sources to lessen any possible bias effect. It's the scientist in me. :p
          but eventually u have to buy it somewhere.. so where do u buy =)

          Originally Posted by canyon View Post

          I will not decide to buy it solely on that review. Why? Because when I was promoting a weight loss product I've searched for it on Google to see how was my competition doing.

          The first 10 websites that I've visited were so bad that I couldn't believe my eyes. What they were saying were totally in favour of the product, not a single negative comment about it. That made me think that nobody cares about nothing, they are there to make money only.

          I know there are lots of people (including myself) that promote only good products and believe in them. But everytime I read a review and I see an affiliate link, a little man in the back of my mind tells me that he/she (the reviewer) only wants my money.
          most IMers just want the money, they dont care about ethics.

          Originally Posted by GeoMasters View Post

          It's kind of annoying when I'm trying to find an honest review of a product and all I find on page 1 of google is affiliate reviews. Don't know who to trust these days. I always check with forums first to see if anyone has bought the product and done a review of it there.
          this changes my view on search engines. last time i think that any info online is correct. then slowly as i mature i know that people load things up, but still finding info is easy. NOW as a IMer, i know that most stuff online are rubbish, u have to sieve tru alot just to find the info u want compared to last time.
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      • Profile picture of the author magnates
        Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

        I don't have a problem with affiliate links. I do have a problem with a lot of affilitates. Over the years, I've tuned my BS meter to a pretty fine tuning and most affiliate 'reviews' bounce the needle so hard it hurts.

        Most are so superficial that anyone basing a buying decision on them, especially something you have to live with for the long term (like hosting), needs to have their heads examined.

        On the other hand, I have also learned to recognize the 'voice of experience', like the reviewer Istvan mentioned or the in-depth editorial reviews Suzanne mentioned. A transparent pitch to use the affiliate link, used respectfully, is no problem. Give me the link, and tell me up front that it's an affiliate link. I'm likely to assume that anyway, so don't try to pee on my leg and tell me it's raining...

        i am cracking up her man ."I'm likely to assume that anyway, so don't try to pee on my leg and tell me it's raining"... hehe

        i personally like people being upfront about the affiliate link and the person has been adding value and contributing i would through that person link . or if i don't know the person from anywhere and they offer me a bonus that is even more attractive or as attractive as what i am about to purchase , i am buying from that person's link
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        • Profile picture of the author jayman
          I will leave straight away as affiliates have so much bad impression on me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
    I don't mind affiliate review sites if the person reviewing has some good original insight into the product - and not lying when that person is saying that they have used this product - sometimes this is pretty easy to spot.

    And what I really don't like either are sites that look crappy, as if they were build just in an hour or two. Have a clean nice looking site and I don't mind visiting.
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  • Profile picture of the author MaryKathan
    I have no problem with an affiliate link - as long as it seems like an honest assessment of the product. I always like to read the pros and cons of anything before I buy it.
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  • Profile picture of the author lkpub
    I don't mind affiliate links... if they're a credible resource and took the time to provide me with info I may be able to use, I'll "reward" them with my purchase... they deserve it... many times if not for an affiliate I would never be aware of certain products... credible recommendations can go a long way to helping me with my business or whatever and I appreciate that...

    Just my thoughts...
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    • Profile picture of the author Ellen C Braun
      It depends.

      It depends who the author is:

      If I trust him, I'm glad to buy through the affiliate ink.

      If I don't know him or trust him, then the affiliate link definitely makes me believe that whatever he's saying about the product is biased.

      Based on the real-life experience of seeing affiliate products pushed knowing that the author was only out to make a buck. We all see these pages every single day.
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  • Profile picture of the author cinereus
    Like any non-trivial question, this is too hard to answer within the restrictions of the poll. It really depends on too many factors.

    Sometimes it does (for various reasons).

    Sometimes it doesn't.

    Important things to consider are the site you are on, whether it's disclosed, the author and perhaps most importantly, the type of product...
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    • Profile picture of the author Azarna
      I never buy anything without a bit of detective work. I generally will only buy from the 'original source' or somewhere I know, like Amazon.

      I would never buy from some long, hyped webpage with no contact details etc - I don't give my money to strangers and am amazed that anyone does in this day and age, to be honest.

      I will only buy from a professional looking website, from a company that has clear contact details and I believe is reputable.

      I don't suppose I am the sort of buyer that most of you guys like, but this is how I am.
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh Fulfer
    If I read a review and feel like it's a legit review then I don't care if they've got aff links. In fact I'm glad to send some money someones way for taking time to write a good review.

    Its when you read something and your b.s. detector goes off that I start to question the links.
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  • Profile picture of the author Osman_M
    I think I will approach the review with a caution and almost have filtered installed while reading it. I probably won't buy through the affiliate unless there is some good free stuff coming along my way. There has to be more incentive then just them reviewing it for me in order for me to buy through their link.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mitsakis
    It puts me off. Unless it is someone I trust. If it is from someone I don't know if he is trustworthy then I immediately become suspicious when I see the affiliate link. Promoting a product as an affiliate is the same as promoting your own product. in both cases there is no way not to be biased
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveMarx
    I'm new to this forum and seems like a great group of people!
    As for affiliate links, I always research heavily and if the affiliate link is a safe link to purchase from, I do want that affiliate to make a commission for pointing me to something of value to me.
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