Because yoyoexpert pays the bills around here, prohibitions on linking directly to a competing yo-yo store has historically been one of the house rules:
Please Don’t Advertise Other Yo-Yo Stores
While this is a general Yo-Yo forum, it is officially owned and operated by YoYoExpert and that should be respected.
Do not post direct links to any other on-line store that sells yo-yos. If you feel that someone needs a link to another yo-yo store or someone is asking for it, please PM them the link.
Also, please avoid posting yo-yo pictures that have prominent store logos in them
@Malachi asked about this and I think it’s good to have official voices weigh in.
I am more of “technical support” or “hi-tech janitor” here, I am not a moderator or owner, so it’s not my place to decide these things. That said, as a domain expert on community and community software (look me up on Wikipedia ), I do have opinions. My opinions are these:
It is NOT OK to ever direct link to any competing third party yo-yo store, that is, a company that does not manufacture anything itself but only resells yo-yo products.
It is OK to link to manufacturer info pages, for example a direct link to the G2 page describing their Banshee yoyo model specs and info. This is doubly OK when that manufacturer sells through YYE anyway. Yes, their store is a click away at that point, but technically everything on the web is two clicks away through Google anyway; what we care about here is direct links.
It is NOT OK to direct link to the G2 store purchase page where you can buy a Banshee. Well sort of, good luck on that drop .
It is PROBABLY OK to link to long defunct store pages for informational purposes that haven’t sold anything in 3+ years. For example anti-yo (though now that page is inaccessible anyways sadly).
This also strongly implies that manufacturers should have “model” pages where they describe their current and past yo-yo lineup outside their store, if they have one. To be honest, I think this is good for everyone in the yo-yo ecosystem, no matter what! (Also it occurs to me that the yo-yo wiki fulfills this important role for older yo-yos!)
It is my personal opinion that this rule is fair, because YYE pays the bills around here, and without their continued support this community could not exist.