Commission or not, its hard to vet which is real and what isn't. Its harder when they show the actual product in a working form. I backed a 15" portable monitor. They sent it to LinusTech for review. You'd think that its legit right? That they sent it to a reputable tech reviewer. But they still scammed all the backers. He wouldn't have known either.Funny how when you think you're making money off a scam, you don't notice it as a scam, but when that check never arrived, then it is a scam.
This is one problem with the influencer model. They offer to give you 20% of sales and the dollar signs go off in your mind and then your followers get scammed and you lose nothing.
The scammers know that these influencers are greedy and blind to reality when money is on the table.
Personally, anyone of the people who "bought" this item should be reimbursed by the influencer who vouched for it not by the credit card companies.
The same if a product was sent to Peter McKinnon, Vanessa Joy (Canon EOL), Unbox Therapy or even MKBHD (Marques Brownlee). Or maybe even reputable tech news sites like Engadget, Wired, etc. They wouldn't have known and they would have shared it with everyone.