Affiliates & Reviews Disclosure

Revised January 29, 2018

Please read this entire disclosure notice before using this website, making a purchase of anything on this website, or relying on any content published on this website.  Please see also the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy which governs the use of this website. This affiliate disclosure details affiliate relationships that Asphalt Journey (“we” or “us”) has with other companies and products.  You (“user) agree to this policy from the first time you use our website.

Before we proceed with all the legal requirements of this disclosure, Asphalt Journey makes one thing very clear to you.  Our users mean everything to us, and no amount of money is worth your trust.  When we review or discuss a product or service, whether we receive any form of commission or payment or goodwill or anything from any third party, we only provide our honest opinions.  There is no BS, no fluff, and no conflict of interest.  If we like a product or service, we gladly express it.  If we do not like a product or service, we express this as well, along with our opinions and reasoning.  If we receive anything at a reduced cost, for free or any other benefit, we will always disclose this to you.

To be adamantly clear, we will always give our true and honest opinions, beliefs, findings, discoveries, or experiences on all products and services.  The views expressed on this website are purely our own.  Any claim, quote, statistic, experience, review, or representation of any product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, party, or third party in question.

This website abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion, and identity.  However, we must express that you always do your own due-diligence before making any purchases and never purchase anything (a) based off of only our recommendation; (b) that you cannot afford; or (c) without doing your own research and making your decision based off of other information than what is provided here by us.

Affiliate Disclosure

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires it must be disclosed whenever a website, its owners, or its employees receives any type of compensation, free or reduced cost products or services, or any other benefit if a user or consumer of the website may be influenced to make purchases of any products or services shown on the website.

From time to time, we may promote, endorse, recommend, or suggest products or services to our users.  These recommendations come from the belief that any product or service given a positive analysis by us will provide enjoyable of favorable use by our users.  In some cases, we may be provided products or services to use or consider for use for review purposes that are either free or at a reduced cost.  Regardless of the cost or lack of cost for any service or product, we only provide honest reviews of what we evaluate.  Asphalt Journey has no hidden purpose for making any review, positive or negative, for any product or service.

We do not sell hidden links to dubious websites.  We also have a very strict policy against any type of undisclosed sponsorship of any content.  We do not engage in product placement tactics or so-called “native” advertising.  These are all deceptive practices and we truly believe that our users shall always be well informed of our relationship with any third party.

This website, and our social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitters, Instagram, and others) use affiliate links to Amazon and other third parties at times.  Affiliates links allow us to receive a small commission on the sale of any product or service purchased through one of these links, without your price increase.  In other words, your price remains the same whether you access that same product page through our link or by your own independent means.  We just receive a small reward from the seller of the product or service, sometimes as low as just a few pennies, as a courtesy of bringing the user to their website or sales portal.

If you are going to purchase a product or service and would like to help support the Asphalt Journey website, links to many of the products we recommend can be found on our Resources page.

To prevent user confusion as to whether any link may or not may be an affiliate link, the user shall assume that any and all links are affiliate links.  Not all links are affiliate links and you are always welcome to contact us as to whether any links is an affiliate link or not.  You can always reach us at the email address shown at the bottom of this document.

Affiliate Link Details

Asphalt Journey has full control over the actual affiliate link on our website but has no control over the content that the link then forwards the user to and the information or content that is displayed to the user.  No third party is forcing us to link to any product or service.

There are times in which an affiliate link may be provided in which the user may use a discount code or the price to be paid by the user is actually LESS by using the affiliate link that is being provided by us.

Some affiliate links have tracking codes to show the third party which website was the referring website for the traffic.  Your affiliate link may have such tracking code incorporated with it so the price shown to the user on the third party website for a particular product or service is reduced.  Please review the disclosures and terms of agreement/use/service on third-party websites to learn how the affiliate links that they provide to our website is administered.

Once you leave our website through an affiliate link to a third party, that third party handles any financial transaction or purchase that you may make on their site.  As our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy shows, we have no control, in any way, over any other third party or their website(s).  Warranty, customer service, quality, shipping, or other questions or issues should be directed to the third party company that the product or service was purchased from.

Why We Use Affiliate Links

Affiliate links help to allow Asphalt Journey to operate and offer a website for your view.  The costs for hosting the website, delivering bandwidth, developing content, reviewing a product, going on adventures and trips, and many other activities and/or requirements needed to keep this website functioning and growing are astronomical and in the many thousands of dollars per year.  You are not charged for your viewing of Asphalt Journey, so we use affiliate links to help us with these expenses.

We will never get rich from commissions received from any affiliate programs, but monies we receive help in a small way with the overhead costs we bear to bring this content to you.  It also helps so we can continue to create or bring interesting and valuable content to this website.

Exact Affiliate Disclosure Notices

Some affiliate third partners require us at times to provide exact lingo to our users regarding our relationships with those affiliates.  That wording will be shown below in this area of our Affiliates & Reviews Disclosure.

Amazon:  We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program; an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

Control and Financial Interest of Affiliates

While we do provide reviews and comments on products and services on this website that are linked to third-party companies, we do not control these companies or have any financial interest in any of these companies, other than an affiliate relationship, unless otherwise disclosed.

Post Disclosures

Some posts may be sponsored on this site by third parties.  If this ever occurs, we will make the user aware of such posts that this is a sponsored post.  Generally, all of our posts are originated by the owners of Asphalt Journey and not by any third party.  We believe transparency as to the origins of any of our content is critical for the user to know, so such sponsorships will always be revealed to the user.

Website Income

This website generates income from only two sources:  sales of the books we show on our Books page and potential affiliate commissions.  We have refrained from using banner ads up to now

Limitation of Liability

Under no circumstances will we be held responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any loss or damage that is caused or alleged to have been caused to you in connection with your use of any advice, products, or services you receive from us.

We are also not responsible or liable for any loss or damage that is caused or alleged to have been caused to any user in connection with or to any product or service or any of their information available on this website.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or desire more information, you can reach us by emailing us at legal[at]asphaltjourney[dot]com or by using the Contact form on our website.