In case you have not noticed, in most of the posts on this site I provide links to the products I’ve tried or recommended.
These are “affiliate links” and are there to help support the site and make my efforts in maintaining it more worthwhile.
When a reader goes and buys a product, Pill Scout receives a small commission from the seller you purchased it from at no extra cost to you.
Does this mean you recommend things just for the money?
Anything recommended here in good esteem is only because I have tried it myself. This is not a generic information affiliate site meant to get stray clicks from people trying to learn stuff. What you read is based on my experiences and what I recommend is my honest recommendation.
If you want to read my stuff, read. If you like something and you want to buy it, feel free. If you want to buy it somewhere else for a better deal, go for it. It’s that simple.
Do you only recommend things that have an affiliate program?
No, I am actually only an affiliate with companies I like to or would purchase products from myself.
In the couple of years that PillScout.com has been around, I have been contacted by people for offers to be an affiliate with them, to try their special product and to review it for the sake of the publicity. My site isn’t huge like others, but people see it as a place that can give their product some visibility on Google.
Generally, I say “no” to people who contact me (but you are willing to try!) because their product is the same as or inferior to the stuff I’ve already tried or recommended and does not stand out or they have some blemishes in their customer service relations (I look for their reputation on /r/nootropics, an unbiased nootropics discussion board on Reddit).
Basically, I will not recommend someone just because they are willing to pay me money for sending them customers. I don’t need their money. I only want to recommend someone because they have great products and great service.
Who do you affiliate with and why?
The companies I affiliate with on this site are because they are some of the best in their class and provide some of the best products and customer service in their industry. I personally buy products from them, and beyond being a customer-affiliate I have no personal or professional ties to them.
Powder City (formerly Health Supplement Wholesalers)
Powder City is my personal go-to store for bulk nootropics and supplements.
At first I was contacted by a rep from HSW asking if I would like to review their Noopept. Having been the first to contact me for these purposes, and having never tried Noopept before, I decided to give it a shot. You can read my review here. It’s one of the most-read reviews on this site today.
Today I am still an affiliate with PowderCity.com because I have purchased bulk supplements from them ever since they sent me some Noopept to try out, even when they were Health Supplement Wholesalers. They carry a great selection of products that I like to use, and they keep adding new stuff that I’d like to try out.
Powder City, even when it was HSW, have been excellent to me in terms of customer service and are always willing to work with the customers if the product was defective or not quite what they expected. They have a generally positive reputation on /r/Nootropics, and everything I have reviewed by them since then has been purchased with my own money.
If purity is ever a concern you can ask for third-party certified lab tests of the batches of the supplements they sell
In the rare event there is a problem I have seen them apologize and replace or refund customers who received bad batches or mistakes in their orders or shipments.
It should also be known that I have no personal, professional or formal ties with the company or anyone in it. If anything I’m just a fanboy customer who is willing to support them for being such a good company and having great products.
Every now and then, you may find links on here to a site called iHerb.
Ever since Mike from Danger & Play made a recommendation to grab stuff at iHerb a couple years ago, I’ve been buying most of my supplements and other things from there.
You might think “well, I could just buy this at Amazon.”
The major difference between Amazon and iHerb is that Amazon is a big general warehouse site.
They do a lot more than just supplements. Sellers and products will often come and go, especially if a product is not particularly popular or hard to find over at Amazon.
The company I bought my piracetam a few years ago is no longer selling it on Amazon (apparently over an FDA cease and desist letter). I’d say that Amazon is more of a shopping and books site, better for gift shopping and the like.
iHerb on the other hand is focused more on supplements and keeping them low-cost.
What you see in stock is what you get, and they usually carry stuff you won’t find in your local health or vitamin stores. Prices generally do not change and they have frequent sales. When you make an order that is over $20, you get free ground shipping in the contiguous United States. Amazon on the other hand is good if you are a shopper and great if you pay the subscription for Amazon Prime.
If you’re not an Amazon shopper or just not big on online shopping in general, but you like supplements, you might like iHerb the best. I have not had a bad experience with iHerb which is why I recommend them here.