Does Amazon allow you to purchase from your own link?

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I'm getting ready to do something holiday shopping and not really looking to game the system but wondering if Amazon allows you to purchase from your own link. And if not - Any good affiliates out there that need some good luck?

Any bonuses? :rolleyes:

Just a thought.
#amazon #link #purchase
  • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
    Originally Posted by Christiani View Post

    I'm getting ready to do something holiday shopping and not really looking to game the system but wondering if Amazon allows you to purchase from your own link. And if not - Any good affiliates out there that need some good luck? Any bonuses? :rolleyes:
    No, they do not...
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  • Profile picture of the author IMdude123
    no I don't think amazon allows it. I need some good luck PM me if you want to buy through my affiliate link
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    • Profile picture of the author phans
      you won't get a comission same goes for family members
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      • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
        Originally Posted by phans View Post

        you won't get a comission same goes for family members
        Aww, you just eff my plan up lol. Wouldn't it be cool that around Christmas time we all just bought from each other and helped each other out? Just an idea.
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      • Profile picture of the author hotpr
        Originally Posted by phans View Post

        you won't get a comission same goes for family members
        Thats not true. I have my wife by from my affiliate links all the time with her account. Plus my parents as well. I have made commission on all of it.
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        • Profile picture of the author Ellen C Braun
          Technically, you can buy through your own link, but Amazon will NOT credit you for that sale!

          I buy through my friend's link.

          My friends in real life (who are not affiliate marketers!) are loyal to me and buy through my link! I volunteer to compile a community bulletin each week, so lots of local folks whom I don't know personally also buy through my link.

          Life is good...
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          • Profile picture of the author Justin Lavoie
            Originally Posted by Ellen C Braun View Post

            Technically, you can buy through your own link, but Amazon will NOT credit you for that sale!

            I buy through my friend's link.

            My friends in real life (who are not affiliate marketers!) are loyal to me and buy through my link! I volunteer to compile a community bulletin each week, so lots of local folks whom I don't know personally also buy through my link.

            Life is good...
            I like the "volunteer" part
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  • Profile picture of the author hdh3358
    Amazon don't allow you to purchase from your links, but I think you can buy from your own A-Store... Please check this with Amazon...
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  • Profile picture of the author supershoesclub
    maybe the system only allow the purchase from different ip addresses,if you or your family buy from your affiliate link.It will be considered as cheating.amazon is smart to stop this action.
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  • Profile picture of the author JM474
    I buy a lot from Amazon and have often wondered whether I could get a discount, being an affiliate, but have never found a way to do it sadly. I could save a lot
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  • Profile picture of the author hotpr
    I love Amazon
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  • Profile picture of the author hotpr
    Ellen: how do you make sooo much money from Amazon??
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  • Profile picture of the author Ellen C Braun
    Read my WF blog post!
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    • Profile picture of the author rmills123
      Originally Posted by Ellen C Braun View Post

      Read my WF blog post!
      I looked but could not find your wf blog post. I just finished an amazon course. I have been trying to promote amazon products but have not had much success yet. I have made $10 in 1 year. I love your blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author timb98133
    This is a BIG no no. This in generally the case in with all affiliate links
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  • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
    Amazon states that their system will automatically void commissions on purchases made through one's own affiliate link.

    I had never tested this claim until the other day when I "accidentally" did some Christmas shopping after testing one of my own links in conjunction with a new tag I'd created. "Wow," I thought, "some chick must be shopping for England - and they have impeccable taste!" ... then I sparked up a brain cell (one is all I've got ) and realised it was my order and that I hadn't earned a red cent.

    Moral of the story: I'm stupid. No-one has taste as impeccable as mine. LOL.
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    • Profile picture of the author erazer
      Originally Posted by DireStraits View Post

      I "accidentally" did some Christmas shopping after testing one of my own links in conjunction with a new tag I'd created.
      I read this and it made me go check my commission report---Oopsie daisy!
      How in the world does one avoid that?
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
    Not sure why someone would post their earnings out just like that to a bunch of strangers but... uh thanks? lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
    Originally Posted by Ron Hitson View Post

    Do you think that is Ethical business?

    If I buy from someone's review site and give them some change in the process why not? I would be learning from their reviews/writing and I don't mind helping others out. :p
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  • Profile picture of the author Marketing Fool
    No, you won't get credit.

    BUT...just create a new account under a different email address...it takes 2 minutes. Then log in under that new account...then order through your original affiliate links and you will get affiliate credit then.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
    It's all good Ron. In the IM world I rather hear questions about ethics than the other way around... too many dishonest people out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author JWBlack
    Does Amazon penalize associates for using cloaked links? I have heard some stories of this but never could find it in their terms that associates can't cloak their links. Maybe the ones who had their accounts taken away were doing something else black hat?
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Tees
    You can in a technical sense but you’ll only make a fraction if anything on what you would have been paid had you sold the same item to someone else through your link. I have bought a few items through my own link and have received very little (a couple of cents to a few dollars) to absolutely nothing depending on what I purchased. It does seem to increase conversion rates on purchases made by other customers though.

    I wouldn’t consider it cheating as I own several websites in different niches and often buy many of the products that I sell to either test tracking links or because I happen to sell products that I have genuine interest in. Many are these purchases are made after I have already sold the product to other people so I can try it for myself and write first hand reviews.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
    I wanted to let this thread die but some people decided to keep bumping it lol. Anyways thanks for the input.

    Keep it classy.

    All the best,

    Christian
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