Last Update: Oct 20, 2020
I've encountered a strange situation that I am really bothered by. Now that I know about affiliate marketing and some of what it entails, I am able to spot an Amazon link that was created by an Amazon Associates member based on the URL.
I regularly visit a forum online, and one user on there has made a thread that he updates on a daily basis that has links to current sales on Amazon (and other websites). I never would have known this before WA, but I now know that he is doing this in the hopes of getting commissions by other posters on that forum who click his links and then make purchases. The thing is, he is NOT disclosing this, and never has since he first started promoting these sales.
It has been bothering me since I first realized what he's doing, but I'm not sure how to handle it...
A. I have started reporting his posts with Amazon links to the website moderators, saying in the report details that he is not disclosing that he's an Amazon affiliate. Unfortunately, this website's moderators are unpaid and have a reputation of ignoring important reports from their visitors. They also tend to be a bit snarky when you try to ask them for help or point out problems with the website. That all said, I highly doubt that my reporting his links will get any action from the moderators on this website.
B. I've thought about calling him out on his dishonesty. Unfortunately, people on the forum really love his "sales" threads, and I worry that I would stir up some trouble not just with him, but with the other posters on the forum as well. What's worse is that this would NOT be the first time he and I have clashed about the things he posts. It has become a bit of a "thing" between us now. I am not a fan of his, and he is not a fan of me, and the rest of the forum knows this. I don't want to draw a bunch more attention and possibly isolate myself on this forum, because otherwise I really love posting on it.
C. Ignore it and get over it. People are dishonest and unethical, and the world isn't a happy Care Bear land where everyone keeps their front doors unlocked and tells you about Amazon sales because they just want to help out of the goodness of their hearts.
I don't like option "C!" Any insight would be valuable! Obviously I'm bothered by this person doing this, especially because I'm trying to actually build something with hard work and good intentions.