In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission released their new rules for Disclosure Compliance. These rules are set in place to ensure that readers or viewers of web media (blogs, Youtube videos, etc.) know if the blogger/presenter is sponsored, endorsed, or partnered with a different company. In blog terms, the readers need to know if the blogger is making a small commission by sharing a link or product.
In compliance with the FTC guidelines, please assume the following about links and posts on this site: Any/some of the links bestcannabisgear.com are affiliate links of which I receive a small compensation from sales of certain items. Also, any/some are links to my own products offered through an e-store such as Zazzle.
What are affiliate links?
Purchases are made on external affiliate company websites: When a reader clicks on an affiliate link located on bestcannabisgear.com to purchase an item, the reader buys the item from the seller directly (not necessarily from bestcannabisgear.com). Amazon and/or other companies pay bestcannabisgear.com a small commission or other compensation for informing people about their website or products through their affiliate program.
Prices are exactly the same for you if your purchase is through an affiliate link or a non-affiliate link. You will not pay more by clicking through to the link.
I use two main types of affiliate programs:
1. Amazon affiliate links.
bestcannabisgear.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate program designed to provide a means for sites to earn fees by linking to Amazon properties including, but not limited to, amazon.com. Amazon offers a small commission on products sold through their affiliate links. Each of your purchases via our Amazon affiliation links supports our cause at no additional cost to you.
If a blogger links to an Amazon product (with a special code for affiliates embedded in the link), and a reader places an item in their “shopping cart” through that link within 24 hours of clicking the link, the blogger gets a small percentage of the sale. Amazon links are not “pay per click.” If you click on the product link and remain at Amazon and purchase something else, however, bestcannabisgear.com could get a commission on that sale. Again, this commission does not affect the buyer’s price. Anytime you see a link that looks like amazon.com… it can be assumed that it is an Amazon affiliate link.
2. Product affiliate links.
These affiliate links work the same way: if the reader clicks the link and buys a product, then the blogger gets a percentage of the sale or some other type of compensation. Things like e-book bundles, e-courses, and online packages can be affiliate links as well. Again, prices are not different if you use these affiliate links. You will not pay more by clicking through to the link. In fact some stores grant their affiliates special lower prices to offer custormers in order to support and promote their affiliate partners. These links are not “pay per click” unless otherwise denoted.
What about sponsored content?
I do not write sponsored posts. I want to bring you real, unbiased information. However, if a post is sponsored by a company and it is a paid sponsorship, I will disclose this clearly in the beginning of the post.