We earn money in two ways:
In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission released their new rules for Disclosure Compliance. These rules are set in place to ensure that visitors of websites know if the website is sponsored, endorsed, or partnered with a different company. In other words: the visitors need to know if the website is making money by sharing a link or product.
In compliance with the FTC guidelines, please assume the following about links and posts on this site: Any/all of the links on fishwaterdesign.com that point to websites outside of our fishwaterdesign.com domain are affiliate links from which we receive a compensation from sales of certain items.
With both of our partners, Amazon® and Zazzle®, we can define a sum of money we want to earn, if someone (you) buys an item with one of our own design ideas printed on it. This amount is added to a base price the partners charge for manufacturing, printing, shipping and handling, and therefor makes up a part of the items end price. The more we charge, the more you pay. We try to keep our prices competitive however.
Links to external websites of other companies that pay us a share of revenue for purchases you make are called "affiliate links": When a visitor clicks on an affiliate link located on fishwaterdesign.com to purchase an item, the visitor buys the item from the seller directly (not from fishwater design). Amazon® and Zazzle® pay fishwater design a commission for promoting their website or products through their affiliate program.
These links are not “pay per click.” We receive money only if you make a purchase, not if you only visit. However, 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.
We currently participate in the affiliate programs of two companies:
fishwaterdesign.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites, including, but not limited to, amazon.com, endless.com, myhabit.com, smallparts.com, or amazonwireless.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 we link to an Amazon product (with a special code for us as affiliate embedded in the link), and a visitor places an item in their "shopping cart" through that link within 24 hours of clicking the link, we get a small percentage of the sale. Amazon links are not “pay per click.” If you click on the product link and stay around Amazon and purchase something else, however, we will get commission on that sale. Anytime you see a link that points to amazon.com or any of its thematic sub-websites or local sub-websites for foreign countries it is an Amazon affiliate link.
These affiliate links work the same way: if you click the link and buy a product from Zazzle®, then we get a percentage of the sale. If the product has one of our designs printed on, we also get a design commission. Again, prices are not different if you use these affiliate links. You will not pay more by clicking through to the link.
As for our social media pages where we use Amazon & Zazzle affiliate links for product recommendations, we will include a link to this post, or put "(affiliate link)", or #ad in the post.
Besides our own design work, which we are somewhat proud of, we only recommend products or designs by other designers we use ourselves or that we would recommend for our families & friends.
Your purchase helps support our work in bringing smiles on your faces with our design ideas.
THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH! We appreciate YOU!
the fishwaterdesign.com team