Report: #654974

Complaint Review: Commission Junction dba Valueclick

  • Submitted: Mon, October 25, 2010
  • Updated: Tue, March 22, 2011
  • Reported By: Sharon — Lakeland Florida U.S.A.
  • Commission Junction dba Valueclick

    United States of America

Commission Junction, Valueclick or Commission Junction is a COMPLETE SCAM!! Internet

*General Comment: advertisers and publishers

Show customers why they should trust your business over your competitors...

Commission junction is a complete scam and front in terms of an affiliate marketing company. Not only do they not like to pay commissions, they also do not accurately report clicks and impressions in their 'reporting' tool.

I basically showed over 40,000 impressions and over 900 clicks with my internal webteam reporting these stats accurately. CJ reported only 17 clicks with 2,000+ impressions.

Stay away from these legalized scamsters!!!


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#1 General Comment advertisers and publishers

AUTHOR: Consumerconcerned101 - (United States of America)

I’m still surprised that so many people “wonder why” Commission Junction
pulls such *** moves (and by the way, these are exactly the kind of
sketchy, predatory “inactivity fee” practices that recent federal
legislation has BANNED and/or cracked down on hard, by credit card or
gift card issuers).

Here’s the deal: Commission Junction COUNTS on the fact that the
majority of its ads will be published by small publishers who will,
individually, NEVER be able to collect a dime of their affiliate
payments. This creates, collectively, a HUGE and steady income stream
for Commission Junction, and helps CJ offer better deals to their large
customers–both advertisers and publishers.

I have heard some shortsighted defense of Commission Junction by people
who actually think the failure to pay out to small affiliates is
justified by the cost Commission Junction incurs to its bandwidth by
hosting the images used in these ads, and tracking the clicks.
“Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaa…” Yes, that’s the sound of
Commission Junction laughing all the way to the bank with millions of
cumulative dollars from small affiliates.

Commission Junction is very pleased for its massive-income-generating
small publishers to continue to publish CJ ads, banners, and links long
after their accounts have been made dormant, and then deactivated. Are
you kidding? After they take every penny under $100 that a
paid-by-paper-check affiliate has in his/her account, Commission
Junction still gets months and months of free advertising out of these
small affiliates who often don’t even realize that they’ve been

What can you do? Well, you can stop using Commission Junction. And if
the advertisers you like are not total industry giants, you can lobby
them to switch to Google Affiliate or any better program. You might be
surprised, but this works. In fact, a lot of mid-sized advertisers are
actually pretty angry to discover that the money they paid to Commission
Junction to pay affiliates never even got to the affiliates, but went
right into Commission Junction’s deep, dishonest pockets. I mean, how
would you feel if you were an advertiser and you gave Commission
Junction a million dollars that supposedly got passed on to affiliates
as their commission on your sales, plus you paid CJ some percentage for
administering the whole process, and then you found out that $850,000 of
that million never went to any affiliate because Commission Junction
took it out of the affiliates’ account, and instead of returning it to
you as “unpayable commissions,” they just kept it for themselves!
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