banned from craigslist?

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so i had someone inbox me on facebook asking me what i did because she wanted some help marketing her business.

in the conversation, she told me that it was against the policy of the company she was with the market on craigslist...

ive never heard of that? she can't market her products on craigslist or ebay

has anyone ever experienced this and do you find it kinda restrictive?

why would a company restrict the marketing of their affiliates like that? i think as long as marketing is ethical and legal and not trashy you should be able to market where you want

maybe i'm wrong.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by missdeeneal View Post

    ive never heard of that?
    It's very common indeed.

    Especially among MLM companies, who (perhaps rightly) fear that the public will thereby be able to buy the products at lower prices than those for which they can order them from active distributors.

    Originally Posted by missdeeneal View Post

    do you find it kinda restrictive?
    Clearly it's restrictive. It's designed to be: it's a "restriction", isn't it?

    (The extent to which companies can really control/prevent it is sometimes another matter.)

    Originally Posted by missdeeneal View Post

    why would a company restrict the marketing of their affiliates like that?
    To prevent price-undercutting for the purpose of distributors "qualifying artifically" for monthly volume requirements?

    Perhaps in an attempt to make it harder for inactive/former distributors to off-load non-refundable stock, which looks very bad for the company? The last thing they want the public realising is that their distributors have a garage-full of the stuff that they can't realistically hope to sell off any other way?

    Originally Posted by missdeeneal View Post

    i think as long as marketing is ethical and legal and not trashy you should be able to market where you want

    maybe i'm wrong.
    I don't think there's any objective "right" or "wrong" about it: different people just have different opinions.

    It's very mild indeed, when you compare it with the artificial price-maintenance activities of non-MLM companies in some industries (I'm thinking, for example, of high-end perfume manufacturers whose products I can effectively buy at a discount only in an "airport duty-free").
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  • Profile picture of the author Rainee
    Originally Posted by missdeeneal View Post

    ... was against the policy of the company she was with the market on craigslist... ive never heard of that? she can't market her products on craigslist or ebay

    has anyone ever experienced this and do you find it kinda restrictive?

    why would a company restrict the marketing of their affiliates like that? i think as long as marketing is ethical and legal and not trashy you should be able to market where you want

    maybe i'm wrong.

    When the FTC did that crack down a few years ago, the fast and loose mlm industry tightened their belts a little.

    Yes, it's restrictive...but necessary.

    Most affiliates don't know what is or is not legal.

    For example, all the income claims -- even if they're real -- illegal (unless its the average of all affiliates and that just doesn't happen).

    Guarantees? Hyping up the product in a way the company can't deliver on? And on and on...

    You see mlm companies getting sued and/or fined everyday...not just because of their bad behavior, but because their affiliates, did something out of line.

    Here's the deal: The company is just protecting their business as the person who contacted you on FB should be doing.

    Unfortunately, most of those mlmers don't set their business up the right way so they're just winging it and building the companies or the leaders business.

    She can easily get around this company ban by doing what she needs to do for her business anyway...

    Produce her own front end product and sell that where ever she wants to, to presell her mlm company.

    Of course she can't refer specifically to the company or use any of their marketing materials but she can create an offer so she builds her own buyers list and has a real business that she owns and controls so she can make her own rules.

    Rainee
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  • Profile picture of the author buysellbrowse
    Originally Posted by missdeeneal View Post

    she can't market her products on craigslist or ebay

    why would a company restrict the marketing of their affiliates like that?
    Obviously, the company doesn't want to see multiple ads from affiliates pushing the same product bunching up side-by-side on one site. Or perhaps the company itself advertises those products there, and wants its affiliates to work harder at it elsewhere.
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    • Profile picture of the author Highway55
      Craigslist has a stigma to it. Cheap stuff. Low quality buyers. Marketers destroyed it as a legitimate affiliate tool a long time ago. Now, if you're using it as an affiliate you need to be "hush-hush" about it.

      There is still a TON of money to be made from all angles on Craigslist, though. Any place with loads of legitimate traffic will always be a place where creative people can make money.

      Craigslist is a legitimate money train.
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
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        Originally Posted by Highway55 View Post

        Craigslist has a stigma to it. Cheap stuff. Low quality buyers. Marketers destroyed it as a legitimate affiliate tool a long time ago. Now, if you're using it as an affiliate you need to be "hush-hush" about it.

        There is still a TON of money to be made from all angles on Craigslist, though. Any place with loads of legitimate traffic will always be a place where creative people can make money.

        Craigslist is a legitimate money train.
        Agreed, there's a lot of money on Craigslist without affiliate marketing.

        I sold 40 products today on Craigslist from a single order.

        I'm not going to say what niche but it's one of those types of products where it only makes sense to buy a bunch of the same product in a single purchase, kind of like If someone was buying a large dining room table for their home, they would buy multiple chairs instead of a single chair (just an example of buying in bulk).

        You can basically pick any niche on CL & turn it into a business. I buy an unbranded product direct from a manufacture in Georgia (US) with shipping included, I markup the product 50%, CL buyer pays the 2nd round of shipping.

        Buy low, sell high/er...
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  • Profile picture of the author David Hooper
    Was going to ask if this is a network marketing company... Those guys hate Craigslist, because it shows how many people are actually selling the product and, because for this, many of the offers have really low prices in order to compete, which hurts the non-CL outlets.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    A little known fact about Craigslist is that they disallow any "Get Rich Quick" or "Pyramid Schemes".

    As you may imagine; this is typically a topic of conjecture, so basically ANY Internet marketing product / MMO product could be classified under these forbidden subjects.
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh Mayers
    Hey,

    I do think that is a bit weird. Although Craigslist has cracked down on the marketing of business opportunities, I would say that it boils down to HOW you would market it on Craigslist.

    Many people just go posting their link all over Craigslist talking about their business opportunity, but if you think outside the box and actually market something valuable and useful about the program, then I would think that you can effectively market there without getting banned.

    Hope this is helpful info!

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    • Profile picture of the author Highway55
      Originally Posted by Josh Mayers View Post


      Many people just go posting their link all over Craigslist....

      -Josh
      Hey Josh,

      Craigslist no longer allows links in ads.

      Brian
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      • Profile picture of the author craigsposterpro
        Craigslist has made a concerted effort to crack down on ads in the Services > Financial section. That has been noticeably more difficult to post under in the past 30 - 45 days.
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