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  1. #1
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    October 16th, 2011
    So I downloaded the shopathome toolbar from their facebook page... I know they were suspended back in 2005, you can see the thread from abestweb is still in the archives.

    I only installed on IE cause i dont' let toolbars eat all my browsers alive. I don't use IE so I can gladly offer it up to the toolbar gods...

    Anyhow - after installing the toolbar - whenever I navigated directly to or or BarnesandNoble - I was shocked that it redirected me to ShopAtHome - on a quick redirect - and then back to the advertisers landing page. They dropped a cookie and CJ + LinkShare tracking info... (Doesn't do it for any GAN merchants)

    I was confused. I didn't click anything... so in essence, they have millions of toolbars installed on computers that when people go direct to the advertiser - the advertiser now needs to pay ShopAtHome! WHAT IS GOING ON? Are they back up to their old tricks? What do you guys think.... ? Is this acceptable? Advertisers? Publishers? Interested to hear thoughts.

    -Trying to Keep it Clean -

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    notary sojac Herb ԿԬ's Avatar
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    January 18th, 2005
    Central/Western NY State
    did they give you a Terms of Service to read before you downloaded it? And if so, was it easily found and easy to read?

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    October 16th, 2011
    I think the TOS are in there somewhere. I guess I just wanted to know what everyone thinks about them getting paid when a user types in an advertisers domain - directly. Isn't that kinda like borderline cookie stuffing?

    I mean, if I was an advertiser, I'm not sure I want to be paying an affiliate - for a sale that I would have gotten anyway. Ya know? On the flipside, maybe we should all build toolbars that autoredirects and inserts our tracking - so we all get paid on it too! Yipppee!

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