This is starting to bug me, not the first time I've received this...

Merchant sends email saying they have some great giveaway that should be promoted. Except it's a giveway on another publisher site - a co-branded offer between merchant & publisher, that is ON the affiliate site. And has a default check box to "sign up for publisher newsletters".

Would I be that stupid to send my traffic to another publisher?

I feel sorry for those affiliates who don't read the fine print..

When I questioned a merchant on this a few months ago, they actually told me it was to give something back, and not a sales exercise (maybe not, but it's certainly an email-collecting exercise from the affiliate!)