Question about Downloading Images from Amazon

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by brucewayne90, May 29, 2016.

  1. brucewayne90

    brucewayne90 Regular Member

    Dec 19, 2013
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    Gotham City
    Hello. I've a question about downloading images from amazon. I've been an amazon affiliate for about 2 years plus now (I'm loving it) and all this while I've been downloading product images directly from amazon and uploaded them on my sites and after which, I will just hyperlinked those images with my affiliate link. I assume majority of the affiliates are doing this.

    I'm asking this because I was reading their associates faq and found this:

    Any thoughts on this?
    Last edited: May 29, 2016
  2. danno

    danno Junior Member

    Feb 25, 2008
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    I've been an Amazon affiliate since 2007, although I only really got back into promoting Amazon last year after a bit of a hiatus from it. That's quite true though, you're not actually allowed to download the images from Amazon's listings.

    I do it myself, as does every affiliate I know, but officially you're only allowed to use the images they offer through their Build Links section in the associates dashboard. All they give you is 1 image per product, in small, medium and large, and even the largest one is very small.

    I only read the operating agreement in depth when I started making a lot of money with them because I've seen plenty of affiliates terminated and their earnings confiscated, and I've contacted them to clarify certain points, the image issue being one of them. They made it very clear that they do not actually have the rights over the images to grant you permission to use them - the copyright belongs to the manufacturer.

    I'm sure there are very few manufacturers who would actually have a problem with you using their images to sell their products (as long as you're doing it in a legit way), but I suppose there's always a certain element of risk when using images that you don't have official rights to.

    The only way to be 100% safe is to write to the manufacturers of the products you're promoting and get permission in writing. I know people who've done that who got the permission, but I know some manufacturers don't bother even replying.

    Personally, I do everything I can to be in compliance with their operating agreement as a large chunk of my income comes from Amazon, however I'm not sure that I can write a decent, converting review without adding some proper images. So for the moment I'll continue to use them as before (downloading the images, uploading to my site and adding my affiliate link). If I get wind of accounts being terminated because of it though I guess I'll have to rethink my strategy.
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