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Martin's response to Times story about TIF, Holidaysafe and MSE
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Former_MSE_Naomi Former MSEMSE Staff
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It is incorrect to say Martin took commission.
It is correct to say the MSE website uses paid referral links that earns it money, although not strictly a commission as such.
It is incorrect to say that the presence of the product on the information on MSE is in anyway making them or Martin complicit in, or supportive of, or earning money from, the unfair treatment that a small number of their customers have been allegedly receiving.
It would be interesting to know if this company has ever advertised in The Times, or any of their affiliates, or if they have ever mentioned them ever in an article.
You do not get to collect money from the sale of products that you introduced people to, pushed on the explicit basis that they're the cheapest options that provide a "minimum cover criteria" that you decide, giving the tiniest figleaf of caring about suitability and service, and then disclaim responsibility when they don't perform as expected.
What matters is whether you think it influences their recommendations which I don't think it does. But make your own mind up.
I don't think it influences their recommendations. That's not the issue. The issue is they push !!!!!y products precisely because they're cheap, bag the referral money and then disclaim any responsibility for the outcome.
But this pious 'not me guv' attitude that comes across in the article does no-one at MSE any favours.
MSE has, for better or worse, made money of referring people to them. Arguing about what, to most, seems like the minutae of how it's been phrased, comes across as either protesting too much, or milking the story for more publicity for the site.
-o I am humble -o You are attention seeking -o She is Nadine Dorries
The Times headline was pure sensationalism and but for it no interest would have been shown in the piece.
Keep up the good work Martin.
I fully accept that MSE receives remuneration from various sources.