It hasn’t been all that “sudden”. It seems the whole fiasco over ULine coupons started with an argument I was part of many months back. Someone posted the ULine code - which had never been a problem before - and then the thread deteriorated into two parties bickering over an unrelated issue and the mods removed it, presumably I thought, over the childish fighting.
I noticed it had been deleted so posted a new thread with the ULine code which had been lost in the deleted thread. That got me a Mod notice and led me into a big argument with the Mod who acted like ULine’s innocent little code was the worst of all evils.
We PM’d back and forth and even had an hour-long phone conversation about why sharing a ULine code would violate any forum policies. I didn’t receive any explanation that seemed to be grounded in any sort of logic, and came away feeling like the Mod, for reasons I couldn’t understand, had a personal vendetta against either me, ULine, or both of us.
This all happened sometime last year. There have been posts about ULine since then that weren’t censored, and this one may have escaped attention too, if not for the issue of it being quoted, and then flagged by somebody inside a PM.
But certain parties at Amazon seem to be extra sensitive to anything involving ULine, and I may be partly responsible for that for speaking up loudly and persistently the first time they blocked mention of one of their coupons. This all happened last year, so it hasn’t been suddenly at all, but it sure is aggravating as h#ll.
It’s just ULine. A supplier many of us here use. Sharing their free shipping coupons is not about promoting them or trying to drive business away from Amazon. It’s JUST about sellers helping others who we know use them. Cardboard shipping boxes are heavy and cost a lot to ship, and free shipping offers save people money.
Not hard to imagine that Amazon isn’t happy about direct competitors promo codes in the open forum.
Do you really see ULine as a direct competitor to Amazon? ULine sells shipping supplies, Amazon sells everything. This isn’t like posting (at least, IMO) a Staples coupon on an Office Depot discussion board. Shipping supplies are things that we all (online merchants) need and there are multiple sources for them - Amazon, EBay, ULine, ValueMailers… all of which are mentioned multiple time on these forums in the context of discussions about how to best support our businesses.
I do not see how sharing simple info that you can save a lot of money IF you need to order heavy cardboard boxes and IF you were going to buy them from a well-known non-Amazon supplier anyway… I don’t see how that is anticompetitive to Amazon in anyway.
I for one, have used ULine for years and am a huge fan. I do NOT buy shipping supplies from Amazon. I ordered bubble wrap and bubble envelopes from Amazon once and they were both cr&p. The only time I would buy from Amazon is if I were so desperate money-wise that cr&p was all I could afford. Otherwise, I buy elsewhere. Not just ULine.
I recently ordered bubble wrap from Office Depot, will I get flagged for saying that too? Am I making a “commercial post” for Office Depot? I don’t think I am, I think I’m just sharing my experience with other sellers who may be interested in buying bubble wrap for their Amazon businesses. The same goes for ULine and I can’t understand how they/Amazon can not see it that way.