RTH10260 wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:03 pm
Chilidog wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:04 pm
I noticed something the other day.
I need a new pop-up sun shelter (like an easy-up)
I went on line to see it I could find any reviews of the latest products.
I found a couple of sites, but what I found interesting was that every product reviews on the sites had a link to buy it on Amazon.
I thought about it and decided that the review sites were just fake shills for Amazon.
The Amazon business model offers web shops for anyone, small businesses who don't want to open their own shop under their own domain name (which comes with extra investments into security and possibly no access to a merchant account for credit cards. Amazon takes a share for business owners using their shop format and payment services, possibly including mailing. Then come the wholesale dealers that offer their stuff to anyone who wishes to resell under their own name. People can run a virtual business from their computer. When someone buys in their online shop they buy from the wholesaler and hand the product on. So a plethora of virtual shops offer all the same product with little investment. And with little oversight. Better Business offices will know a lot about the negative reviews.
I think that what Chilidog was describing was something different - Amazon Affiliates
. This is a method by which web sites which mention products which are available on Amazon can get an "advertising fee", up to 10% of the purchase price, when someone purchases the product from Amazon via the link. They aren't selling a product through Amazon (they don't supply inventory, and they are paid only a small fraction of the purchase amount).
The program lets websites get a small revenue stream. I've seen it used a lot of recipe-related sites, such as some sites which have Instant Pot recipes. They might include affiliate links in their list of ingredients, in particular for ingredients which aren't generally available in the supermarket. And for the Instant Pot in particular, the recipes often call for something special, such as a small stainless steel bowl which will fit inside the pot for "pot in pot" cooking.
Here's an extreme example, This Old Gal's recipe for southern style cheesy grits
. She has affiliate links for at least a dozen items, ranging from the stoneground corn grits, to the Instant Pot itself.