AlexK - 3:13 pm on Sep 8, 2010 (gmt 0)
not clear from your post if it was the kind of theft the OP asked about
My post was a straightforward refutation of the OP's statement "in the affiliate game a while ... theft ... it's all a little bit overblown".
I could not find anything in the opening post to respond to: how can the affiliate possibly know if they are being ripped off or not? My own case was unusual: whoever was doing it was so greedy that they took *every* single sale, so it was obvious, but I expect that that rarely happens.
The most likely source of theft with myself was of ID substitution by proxy server. The affiliate ads were routed through my ad agent, and shown when they had no stock to serve. So, all referrals were routed through that agent, and their servers became a proxy to all affiliate clicks. It has taken me years to work that one out; I've also never seen it referred to anywhere else.
Finally, what makes you think that the method above is no longer employed?