Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Why are big companies always so draconian?

It's still the same. It's always the same!

It was the same years ago when Paypal cancelled my seller account after they suddenly got morals. No warning, no recourse.

It was the same when my first US web host removed my site. No warning, no recourse.

And it's the same today when I got an anonymous (and un-reply-able) email from Amazon which told me my affiliate account was cancelled (not forever, only until dinosaurs rule the Earth again), because of sexually explicit content on my site they said.
No warning, no recourse.

I hate when big companies do this. Why can't they act like proper people? Why can't they be as nice to their affiliates as they are to their customers?  Not to mention that Amazon blithely sell porn movies on their site. (I don't know the scope of this, but they certainly sell the two first movies I tested for, Deep Throat and Debbie Does Dallas.) Isn't that rather a double standard?

Why couldn't they just tell me: "remove link from this and that page, and we are good."
Why are big companies always so friggin draconian? Is it a contract they have to sign to be allowed on the Fortune 500 list?


Bruce said...

Yep. Lulu.com did this to me. I went to check on my account (had four novels up) and nothing was there. I managed to online-chat with customer service and was told an agent had deleted the account because of content.

No emails, no warning, just whammo. Needless to say, I am advising everyone to stay away from them.

Ken said...

All these companies have a low profit per customer, high volume business model. What that means is that if they spend any time at all dealing with a customer they end up with zero or negative profit. So when that see a violation of there terms that just delete. Fast and cheap. The customer can then spend their time setting up everything again or will go elsewhere, and they don't really care if they go elsewhere.

geoff b said...

Have to agree with Ken. Bottom line is these companies are only there to make money full stop. Its their setup so their rules only apply - if one does not like it or agree to their terms then go/use some one else. These type of businesses always look after their own interest first and foremost.

John Krumm said...

Big companies are legal internal dictatorships with a few restrictions (very few). Consumers are the enemy, and that includes "associates."

Anonymous said...

No doubt this has something to do with the recent decision of Chase bank decided to win over consumers and ignore their fraudulent business models and horrific profits from the all out war on terror by getting damn uppity and finding morals.

The board of directors have given Jamie Dimon their corrupt blessing on this matter. Source: http://jezebel.com/chase-bank-is-shutting-down-porn-actors-bank-accounts-1566759503

The fallout is coming in more ways than others. Never mind the fact they also launder drug cartel monies (because they are users themselves) the adult sex industry is making a profit even in the bad economy. This is something bankers and their board of directors cannot stand someone besides them making the same in profits.

It is also not limited to the US see: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2326550/Moral-issues-lead-banks-refuse-porn-stars-bank-accounts-loans.html

Hope that helps.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Thanks to all.

Funny that, I had an explicit erotic novel on Lulu for years. Advertised on Domai's link page so I know people saw it.
(I removed it recently when I decided it needed editing.)