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Working At An Affiliate

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by LadyHye, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. LadyHye

    LadyHye Registered Member

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    So, I am in a very strange position. I have left IM behind so I could focus on family and our upcoming move and what not. I took a full time job as a Customer Service Rep at a very large internet marketing site's headquarters in my area. They sell stuff online for kind of low profit but that's good because thousands of people buy it everyday in bulk.

    My question is.. I found my company on CJ as an affiliate for 15% of sales.
    How wrong would it be to use my knowledge of the company and my ability to place direct orders for people and benefit would it be?
    I also have a company e-mail that could be used possibly.
    Does anyone have any other ideas?

    I know, another poor sucker looking for a hand out, but hopefully I could spend what few bucks I make here towards something fun for my child. :D
     
  2. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Sounds like a conflict of interest.

    What would your boss say?

    That's your answer.
     
  3. delmages

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    What does your employee handbook say? If the handbook doesn't address the issue, why not bring it up with your boss? It'd be a shame to begin a marketing campaign only to end up losing not only your affiliate earnings but also your job with the marketing company!
     
  4. LadyHye

    LadyHye Registered Member

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    Ah, so you guys wanna play it by the book? Even though I have insider information you don't think I should move forward with it? I don't know. I guess I just figured since I'm making orders for people anyways.
    I'm sure there's a conflict of interest somewhere in the Handbook. I'll check it out.

    Thanks anyways ladies and gentlemen. :D
     
  5. twitch

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    Its a matter of dont burn your bridges. Id ask the boss and see what he says and take it from there.
     
  6. Halilovic-Squad

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    I´d be checking the rules at first to make sure if its allowed or not...
    ...if it is allowed or not directly quoted as an offence to the company - then you should take your chance.
    ...if you`re not really sure (even if allowed) or it isn`t allowed then you should get everything set up first - and then talk to your boss about it.
    In case it works out you have at least set up the stuff you need to take direct action befor your boss does :D
     
  7. LadyHye

    LadyHye Registered Member

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    Yeah, but if I wanted to go for it anyways and I've already told my boss that would give him a heads up on it. lol. So I won't ask.
     
  8. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    I'm sure that your boss would say no as it is a conflict of interest and if the people buying are buying because of their marketing efforts.

    Do what you want but what if you get caught?

    Isn't there a chance you could lose your job and put you in a worse financial position?

    I'm not making an ethical judgment here... just telling you to look at the whole picture and consider the risk/reward.