Do Not Display Amazon Prices!

Last Update: October 15, 2018

Hi everyone,

A couple of weeks ago I had an email from Amazon.com regarding displaying prices on my site. And because of that I broke the rules and my account was closed.

You can imagine that I wanted to rectify this straight away. I checked to see which reviews I needed to alter to appease their rules.

I quickly changed those reviews and emailed them again. I eventually got a reply and they said the same thing again.

I have many other revenue streams besides Amazon, so I do have prices for other products and services.

Even though there are no prices for Amazon products I do not know whether I am still breaking their rules. I have messaged them again but I am still waiting for a response.

Anyone else have this same issue?

My Amazon.co.uk account is still open although it is not as busy for me as my Amazon.com account.

Thanks for your feedback,

Owain

Update:

I’ve just had an email from Amazon and my account has been reinstated. Let this be a warning to all of us.

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RikaSF Premium
Thanks for the warning Owain. I am not using Amazon yet, but it is good to know. I leave a few comments on member's websites and I do notice some of the products have prices.
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OwainCouch Premium
You’re welcome. I was too eager to provide as much information as I could in my reviews. I didn’t realize that I was breaking a rule by doing so.

Luckily for me my account has been reactivated.
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Swangirl Premium
You can still have prices Rika, just use amazon Image plus Text links (there are three options, text only, image only and image plus text). With that option, the price shows but it is connected and updates automatically from Amazon so you don't have to worry about keeping the price updated yourself.
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RikaSF Premium
Thanks for the clarifying this Jessica. I will keep it in mind:)
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tracydawn Premium
So by using the SiteStripe menu to place the ads, I'm not in violation? Because almost all of mine have prices. I'm scared. I got a feedback saying prices are not allowed.
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Swangirl Premium
You CAN have prices as long as they are part of the link from Amazon. If you use the link from Amazon (from Site Stripe or otherwise) that shows the price, it will automatically update whenever the price changes on Amazon. That way the price is always correct.

You CANNOT type in or otherwise add a price on your own because it is static and will not automatically update when the price changes.

Amazon just wants to make sure the correct price is shown so they make it simple and just require that we cannot add any prices ourselves. As long as the price is show from their own live link, you are ok.

All of my image ads show the price and I get them from the Site Stripe. I have never had a problem. I have had my site for 3 years.
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tracydawn Premium
Thank you so much, had a small panic attack. Lol
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apache1 Premium Plus
It is interesting to hear that they tell you not to display prices but when you use their Text and Image link it shows the prices automatically.

So if that is the case they are contradicting themselves about not displaying prices unless their links given are the only way to do so.
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OwainCouch Premium
That’s because that code will show the current price. They don’t like it when you display ‘static prices’ as they called it.

I’ve made the changes and my account has been reactivated.
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apache1 Premium Plus
Fair enough I thought it strange for them to say one thing and yet provide prices within out links.

The main part is you got reactivated so well done on that. Guess lessons learned for all reading this.

Enjoy the rest of your week

Andre
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OwainCouch Premium
Yeah I’m glad it didn’t go on too long.
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apache1 Premium Plus
Always good to have a quick and positive resolution
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Labman Premium Plus
Sadly Amazon doesn't usually rescind their bans. Once banned you are pretty much out of luck with them unless you create a new account with another email. They may even track your IP so you might want to sign up again with a new email from another location.
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OwainCouch Premium
Luckily my account has been reactivated.
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Happy2Learn Premium
Hi owain sorry this happened to you. Another member that I follow had that exact same issue a few weeks ago. They were able to ring Amazon and demonstrate the changes on their site and they got their account reactivated. Sorry I have forgotten the members name. Anyway, the price issue is real - but so is a positive solution. I hope you also get a great outcome.
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OwainCouch Premium
Thanks, my account has been reactivated. I was just too eager to display all information to my visitors that I didn’t realize I was breaking their rules.
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DianneBee Premium
I'm surprised to hear this. I will be checking back on this to see more input.
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OwainCouch Premium
Account has been reinstated since I’ve removed prices.
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