Marcia - 7:36 am on Aug 10, 2005 (gmt 0)
Never try to infringe the content of the website which google has indexed.
If the merchant has made the content available to their affiliates - and they DO provide the text - then it isn't infringement, it's at the merchant's invitation.
Its sure it will penalize and also it will reduce your Page rank and also the position in SERPís. If you want to get the good ranking in the short span try to have unique content which google loves.
Position and PR aren't the same but yes, make the content unique by rewriting it.