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    Amazon affiliate program

    I'm currently working on a site about digital cameras and plan to after the summer include some affiliate links as I'll have different camera reviews.

    Looking for potential affiliate companies I of course came to think of amazon.com but have recently heard a lot of bad things about them stealing their affiliates traffic and sending them to stores so they get commisions and not the affiliates them selves.

    I found a different company (http://www.tigerdirect.com) and they seem like a decent company and they have very competitive prices but their commisions are only 4%.

    Now I wonder what's the smarter thing, to use amazon.com and have higher commisions but possibly loose some of my traffic or tigerdirect that doesn't steal my traffic but has lower commisions?

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    Amazon doesn't steal commissions.

    You might also consider the Dell affiliate program.
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    When I send traffic to amazon.com, they profit on my traffic without compensation - that's basically what the sponsored links and in-store pick-up do at Amazon (there are also some other partnerships that are non-commissionable).

    Thanks for the suggestion on Dell but they don't have as wide selection of cameras that I would like.

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    You get 5% or more on most purchases (personally I get 6.5%) and you get atleast 2.5% on all purchases.

    I do over a hundred thousand dollars worth of sales through Amazon each quarter and I have no complaints.
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    So you think it would be wiser to go with amazon.com?

    One thing I don't understand with Amazons tiered structure which you refer to is that I have to include amazons banners on every page of my site and I think it's pretty stupid and unnecesary.

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    You only need to include one "easy link" on your home page. Not every page.

    It is annoying, and it is why I have more than one account at Amazon (I don't use the tiered system for every site), but if you're doing enough sales to benefit from the tiers (6.5% is around 3000 sales) then it is worth it.
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    Chris,

    Do you sell through amazon by providing a link to them after a little review or something on a product?

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    I do it lots of different ways, that is one.
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    Originally posted by Chris
    You get 5% or more on most purchases (personally I get 6.5%) and you get atleast 2.5% on all purchases.

    I do over a hundred thousand dollars worth of sales through Amazon each quarter and I have no complaints.
    Didn't know you could make that much! That from your coupons site?

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    Not entirely, but mostly.
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    I thought amazon was a flat 10% on all purchases.

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    They used to be years ago.

    Then they moved to 5%, 15% on direct book links when the book is between 10-30% off (rarely happens).

    Then maybe in January they instituted a tiered system where you could earn between 5-8%. They keep changing the tiers each quarter.

    I'd take me a page or so to explain the payment structure this quarter -- they've made it real complicated. You can earn up to around 6.5% if you sell 5000 items, and Kitchen or Hardware items bring in a flat 8%. Additionally there is a $10 per sale cap on commission (which sucks if you sell alot of high end items).
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