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    Super Sh!t Stirrer SSanf's Avatar
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    Unethical merchant practices
    Because sometimes people are new to this business and are first time affiliate merchants, I feel there should be some kind of a list of "NO, NO's" for those just starting as merchants with affiliates.

    I will start the list

    1. It is unethical to falsly report sales and commissions. That is stealing.
    2. It is unethical to use any part of any code an affiliate has developed to enhance or create your own site.
    3. It is unethical to tell anyone else your affiliate's personal information or e-mail address without asking them first.
    4. It is unethical to show your affiliate's URLs to any other person or let any third party see or make use of their code. That is proprietary information.
    5. It is unethical to discuss your affiliate's sales or income with anyone else unless they are a subaffiliate of one of your affiliates. And, then, you may only discuss sales relevant to the commissions due to the sponsoring affiliate.

    OK, who can add to this list?
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    Uhm, it's unethical to allow parasitic type of affiliates into your program, and/or to turn a blind eye when proof is provided that traffic/commission is being stolen....?
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    I am in agreement with all of that.

    I also have one to add:

    Never stop communicating with your affiliates.

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    Lite On The Do, Heavy On The Nuts Donuts's Avatar
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    It is unethical to pretend you're too busy to know how your top producing affiliates market your products. Sloth and management are antonyms.

    It is unethical to accept the pitch from a shady affiliate that it's too secret for you to know what he's doing. Ignorance, like sloth, is most often a CHOICE, not a necessity.

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    how about...
    ...ppc bidding on the affiliate's keywords that they find (thru merchant tracking links) on the affiliate's site.

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    Hi Sandra
    long time since we spoke, hope all is well

    I aggree 100% with what you are saying.
    As a merchant would never dream of doing any of the above.
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    Hey, Neil!
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    What about Affiliate No NO's

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    Super Sh!t Stirrer SSanf's Avatar
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    Start your own darned thread like everyone else!

    Any more UNETHICAL MERCHANT PRACTICES?
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    Outsourced Program Manager Chris -  AMWSO's Avatar
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    Start your own darned thread like everyone else!

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    Plazan Merchant Neil's Avatar
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    DITTO..
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    It's unethical to divert traffic that affiliates send, which siphons the cream off the top of the customers they send.

    >> Big 800 number inviting calls, no phone tracking
    >> 800 in red right near the input during the check-out process.
    >> Chat windows popping up, enticing customers to order through them
    >> Text informing customers that the merchandise is available in the stores (like Walmart does)

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