jonstark - 4:20 pm on Jan 27, 2005 (gmt 0)
That sounds like it's almost definitely fraud, and it also sounds like you can stop it pretty easily. Change the 'buy now' button so that instead of sending off the customer to the merchant site, it takes it to your own shopping cart. Have them buy from you, then turn around and buy through your own affiliate links from the merchant, and have them dropship the sale... It's complicated to setup, and there are potential problems (what do you do if the customer returns the items, etc) but you'll be able to find out what your true conversion rate is for people who click that 'buy now' button in a hurry.