First of all, I'm new to hardcore internet marketing but have unsuccessfully dabbling in it for many years. I've been software consultant for 20+ years but due to a back injury and all the outsourcing my livelihood has taken a dive. So I have been trying to get back into IM and of course opened up a AA account and due to the fact that I have a pretty big fb friends list and a sizeable FB group (lots of friends) I figured that a simple domain name like JerrysAmazon.com would pretty much tell my friends all they needed to know. I'm simply being out front with everybody that this site is simply an amazon affiliate site and if they would click through my site I'd get a small commission. I have even stated all of this on the website.
But good ol amazon is claiming that this is a trademark infringement and not only are they threatening to close my account they are telling me that I have to close it down either way. They are of course offer to buy my domain at its original purchase price... how nice of them?
I think this is complete BS, the word Amazon is not theirs! My site could be about Amazon parrots, or the Amazon River, or the Amazon itself.
And what harm would it be causing their trademark anyway. I am stating right on the website that it's an affiliate site. I think this is just another example how the elephants just stomp on us little guys any chance the get.
So what do you all think about this?
TIA for your thoughts.