The short version: TBG is once again an Amazon affiliate and purchases made through links (or search box) here earn TBG a tiny bit, with no extra cost to you. As all the info here is free to read, this is huge in keeping the site going.
The longer version: Let me begin by making clear that The Boat Galley is a labor of love. But it also has expenses and takes a lot of my time. I want the content here to be free but I also have to be realistic that I’m not independently wealthy so it has to pay for itself in some way. My choice has been to support it with advertising and what are called affiliate links as opposed to charging membership fees or asking for donations.
Affiliate links are simply where The Boat Galley makes a tiny bit when someone makes a purchase through a link on the site. Two very important things to know about this: first, it doesn’t cost you any more than not using the link; and second, I never, ever provide a link or recommend a product simply because it will pay a little. In fact, I often don’t include a link to an online source for an item because I know you can get it more cheaply at a local store. TBG readers are my friends! However, if I like a product and the company is offering a small payment, you bet I’m going to take it.
Amazon has an affiliate program that was a great fit for TBG. They have many products that I love — and usually the best prices on them. I felt good linking to them. To make a long story short, Amazon ended their affiliate program in certain states due to political wrangling over sales taxes. I was one of the ones cancelled several months ago (and I wrote about it in Being Transparent). However, due to a recent decision by the Illinois Supreme Court, I was reinstated today.
Amazon requires that I post a notice to this effect on TBG, but frankly I want to be transparent. I don’t want to hide how TBG is supported — it’s not just Amazon, but some other merchants such as Distant Shores DVDs, and Melody’s bracelets that pay a little on sales. Other merchants buy ads on the site. Together it means that all the info on the site is free.
No one has to buy through any of the links here, but I greatly appreciate those who do. And to make it easier, there’s an Amazon box with a search feature right under every article.