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    Did you guys catch this? Heard on the radio this morning and thought I would share. Interesting.
    Time to join food and beverage affiliates.

    More jewels in the Amazonian crown
    By Greg Wiles
    San Francisco
    October 29, 2003

    Amazon.com, the world's biggest online retailer, has added gourmet food to its sites before the start of the American holiday shopping season. The company will also add a jewellery store, merchants said.

    The company began testing sales of items such as beef, chocolate and feta cheese on Monday from suppliers such as Omaha Steaks, Starbucks and See's Candy Shops, a unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway.

    The new store is similar to apparel and sporting goods sites that the Seattle-based Ama-zon.com has opened featuring merchandise from other retailers.

    Amazon.com wants to attract more shoppers by expanding product selection with the help of suppliers who pay a commission to the web retailer for each sale.

    Food and beverages are among the fastest-growing web categories with Forrester Research forecasting sales to rise more than four-fold in the next five years from 2003's projected $US3.7 billion ($A5.3 billion) .

    NetRatings' director of commerce analytics, Rob Leathern, said: "There certainly are some brands out there that have been doing well in this category."

    Spokeswoman Molly Ingle said the online retailer had signed several hundred suppliers for the new store. Amazon.com shares rose US31ยข to $US54.82 at the close of New York trading on Monday. Shares have more than doubled in the past year.

    Jewellers said the web merchant was also expected to add a jewellery store featuring its own merchandise as well as items from other retailers before the holidays.

    Amazon.com declined to comment on the possibility of opening a jewellery store. It already offers jewellery through its apparel site, selling items from Ice.com and Palm Beach Jewelry.

    Amazon.com was looking for suppliers at a Las Vegas jewellery manufacturing expo, in June.

    "You've seen jewellery as a category being added to some of the other sites out there," Mr Leathern said. "It makes sense for Amazon."

    - Bloomberg

    This story was found at: http://www.theage.com.au/articles/20...233167626.html

    Victor Caballero
    victor@realtytrac.com
    Residual Revenue Affiliate Program: www.realtytrac.com/affiliates

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    This from Amazon:
    "New stores added to the Amazon.com web site like Gourmet Food are announced to Associates at the same time that Amazon.com issues a press release about those stores. At that time, we will be able to share details about referral fees and graphics.

    On occasion, stores may be made available to the public online in advance of a press release in order to gather feedback. We encourage Associates to explore those stores during that time."

    So i guess right now, just a big leak?
    I see Sporting Goods and Gourmet Foods in beta but there are graphics for Sporting Goods, but not yet for Gourmet Foods.

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