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Is there anything illegal about this???

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by Gimme.The.Loot, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. Gimme.The.Loot

    Gimme.The.Loot Regular Member

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    I know sometimes affiliate marketers replace the products sales page with one they've created themselves to get a higher conversion rate- but these custom sales pages still use the buy button/link from the affiliate site.

    I know paypal has its downsides, but its a name users trust, and it offers them protection...

    So what if you were to write a sales page for an affiliate product, but instead of sending the customer through the affiliate network for checkout, they checkout on your site via paypal and then you process the order on the back-end through the affiliate network to furnish to the customer?

    Thoughts? Problems? Logistic Necessities? Legality?
     
  2. Fireboltgirl

    Fireboltgirl Regular Member

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    So you supply a copy of the digital product yourself....and potentially avoid
    paying the owner anything? Dodgy stuff - even it the intentions are good.
    Even if you never did this (take 100%) I think it would open you up to a
    lawsuit anyway. I'm not a lawyer, this is just my feeling. Probably you would
    get away with it for awhile since they are looking at their tracking...and you
    are nicely avoiding that. If you were caught expect being blacklisted in
    much the same manner as a CPA network.
     
  3. ebostrom

    ebostrom Registered Member

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    Ive thought about this myself but figured it would not be a good idea to try it.
     
  4. CEPI

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    You can charge a premium to what the actual seller is charging...which is what I think you are really wanting to do, but you are masking it by saying someone would trust your sales page more because it offers paypal... I think you're looking for a yield spread on the product greater than your aff network is paying. Very b-hat so yes you're gonna have some cons...

    Con's:

    • If the buyer finds the product elsewhere at the actual price they will report you

    • You would have to make multiple emails/payment methods/names or the affiliate may ask why you are buying the product 100 times a week, but I'm sure you probably intend on buying it once and just reselling it through your own portal, I highly doubt you intend to "process" through your affiliate every time. I mean if you're gonna b-hat your aff product, might as well go all the way before getting banned.

    • It's a horrible idea basically, that's a con as well. I am sure it is a violation of the terms of your affiliate, so yes I would consider it "illegal", but I don't think you'd be prosecuted, rather banned from the network.
    I guess all I could suggest is that if you like their product, info, concept, make a better sales page, replicate the product with enough changes to not be fund as infringing on rights. Especially if it is an ebook product then you need to take the steps to re-write the concepts and add your own twists. It's still questionable but a lot more "right" than what you are planning to do.
     
  5. Gimme.The.Loot

    Gimme.The.Loot Regular Member

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    I am not potentially avoiding paying the product owner anything. I am saying once I receive an order from my landing page and receive the paypal payment, I go to the Publishers page and place the order using the customer info I received from the paypal payment and having the product sent straight from the publisher.
     
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    xXxXx Registered Member

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    Why don't you make your own product and avoid the lawsuit? :)
     
  7. Fireboltgirl

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    Doesn't matter because even if they accepted you doing this at first, later onthey could claim that you did this with some of the traffic sort of like a
    married couple who share in the beginning and then have an all out bitchfest
    divorce. The potential is there and simply not worth the hassle it can cause
    later on.