I'm an Amazon Affiliate as I know a lot of other members are here as well, and I read their rules a couple times, and couldn't really find the answer I was looking for in there, couldn't find it posted here yet, and emailed them and haven't heard a reply, so figured maybe someone from the WA community might have the answer! :) I am well aware that we can't bride, or encourage family or friends to purchase through our link! But, my daughter-in-law is ALWAYS buying from Amazon A LOT, and she wants to purchase now ONLY from my affiliate link as she's knows I'm an affiliate with them! She has the same last name as me, as she's married to one of my son's, but we have different addresses! I didn't think she would be allowed to always purchase from me, as Amazon might look at it wrong, and give me the boot...lol So, as of this time, I'm not letting her know my affiliate link..Is that mean, or smart? I know I would probably make good money with her buying through my link as she has a pile of friends that she would send there as well...She thinks I'm being stubborn and says she buys from them anyways, why not buy through my link, as they still make money, and I'm having a hard time explaining to her the reason behind it! I know this probably sounds like a ramble, but has anyone else run into this situation/delima? Any suggestions would be appreciated! :) Thanks in advance! :)

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LJacob Premium
Thanks for asking. This is an eye opener for me since I am still struggling to sign into the affiliate program. Does this also affect us too or just relatives and friends. Can we affiliate members purchase and receive commission from them. Please a response on this will further clarify this issue for me.
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TheDummyOfWA Premium
From all the comments I'm getting, I would go with to be on the safe side, don't have relatives order from you! :) I really don't see how they would know who your friends are though...lol
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JanetMoore Premium
Some things are very difficult to oversee - and some are just plain impossible.

Considering how big Amazon is - and for how long - I have yet to hear of anyone being denied access because they were related to, or friends with, an employee who worked there. Come to think of it, I've shopped with them for decades and have NEVER been asked if I knew any of their employees.

The reality here is that you have very, very little control over who visits your sites, clicks on links and makes purchases.

Unless Amazon has knowledge of every person's family tree (and all your friends and relatives live with you), there is very little likelihood that they will know who your relatives and friends are. If said friend or relative goes to your site as any other visitor would and clicks on a link and makes a purchase, then good for all concerned.

On the other hand, if you actively, visibly, encourage friends and relatives to do the same you could be in for problems.

These are just my thoughts on the subject,
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TheDummyOfWA Premium
That actually makes a lot of sense! I'm concerned even if someone likes my site and always goes there to purchase from Amazon, that they would get suspicious! I think they would be happy just to make a sale..In fact if I ran a big affiliate company like that I would encourage everyone to send out there links to families and friends, and of course just not allow them to purchase from their own link or use the same credit card as someone else!
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Swangirl Premium
No, if someone liked your site and made a purchase that would not be a problem. Obviously someone who makes a purchase may like your site! There has to be an actual connection.
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JerryHuang Premium
Since you have different addresses, I doubt Amazon could find out that she is your family member wanting to purchase through your link.

Anyway, you can just send her to your website which has your affiliate link then click through there. It is just like an organic visitor who loves your site and keep purchasing from you.

If you're staying at the same address with the same IP address then maybe Amazon will find out. If not, I doubt they will.

This is just my opinion thought. You can test it out. I believe there wouldn't be any problem in the first few times.
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TheDummyOfWA Premium
Was thinking of that! She loves my site as it's a pregnancy site and her and my son just had a baby, so I made the blog in honor of them, and have my Amazon affiliate site hooked up that members can order any baby product through Amazon, but I keep telling her not to order from my link, and she was all confused and asked me "Don't you want to make money?" lol
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JerryHuang Premium
Haha, I think she can purchase from your site's link. It looks fine to me.
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JerryHuang Premium
Although she's your family member but there's no way Amazon is going to find out. And you're also helping people after all!
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TheDummyOfWA Premium
That's true! :)
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JerryHuang Premium
Sorry, just now I mean "she" can purchase through your site's link. Typo.
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TheDummyOfWA Premium
I understood what you meant...lol
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JerryHuang Premium
Hahaha :)
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JerryHuang Premium
All the best to you!!
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TheDummyOfWA Premium
And the same to you! :)
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PMakaris Premium
There's a good chance you won't get credited for the commission if you have family or friends buying from your link. Even if you do get credited, I wouldn't risk putting my affiliate account on the line. This is something that definitely goes against their policy, otherwise it's something every Amazon affiliate would do, myself included. Good question though and way to ask ahead of time :)

"(u) You will not directly or indirectly purchase any Product(s) through Special Links, whether for your use of for the use of any other person or entity, and you will not permit, request or encourage any of your friends, relatives, employees, contractors, or business relations to directly or indirectly purchase any Product(s) through Special Links, whether for their use, your use or the use of any other person or entity."

Hope that helps.
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TheDummyOfWA Premium
Okay..Thank you! :)
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PMakaris Premium
You're welcome Terry!
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markr0675 Premium
You might let her try one purchase and see what they do. It's my understanding that one event that they deem not acceptable, will not hurt your relationship with them. However if multiple purchases are attempted and the feel your not in keeping with their rule, then you might get the boot.
After I fist signed with Amazon, my wife thought she would purchase through my link, unannounced to me. Later I saw where a purchase was made thru my account, yet no commission. When I found out what happened I was afraid Amazon would cut me off. They didn't, and didn't say anything either. Later, posts that I read here at WA described similar situations.

Hope this helps in your decision. Just caution more than one attempt at first.

Good Luck!! :0)
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TheDummyOfWA Premium
Okay thank you for the warning, and sharing this info with me :)
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