I answered a question and included a link to a book series on Amazon,


The link worked in the preview, but when the answer was posted it had been replaced with


which redirects to


which shows a "page not found". I tried again and the same thing happened. What's going on here? Is there a workaround?

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    I suspect that this is a problem on Amazon's side.
    – Mithical
    Jun 25, 2017 at 9:15
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    Just guessing, but I suspect this would get more attention and a faster resolution on the main meta. Jun 25, 2017 at 9:25
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    The redirection is part of Stack's policy of gleaning revenue from posted Amazon links. Not sure why it's ballsed-up though.
    – Valorum
    Jun 25, 2017 at 11:31

1 Answer 1


This appears to be a (replicatable) bug, relating to the auto-insertion of Amazon links by Stack Exchange.

Until it's fixed, there's a simple workaround. Use a URL shortening service (like TinyURL or goo.gl) to create a new link with the same end point. Stack Exchange doesn't recognise this as an Amazon link and hence doesn't muck it up.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B00YSGMWQ2 > https://tinyurl.com/ycfrgsk9

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