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    Merchant Bankruptcy list for Affiliate Marketing
    In order to keep up with Chapter 9, Chapter 11, I thought that it would be beneficial to keep a tab a bankruptcy list. Let's keep it simple.

    Goody's Family Clothing
    Goody's - Home
    Affiliate Program: YES
    Network: Linkshare

    Gottschalks Inc
    http://www.Gottschalks.com/
    Affiliate Program: No
    Network: None

    CircuitCity Inc
    TVs, Computers, Cameras, GPS, Home Audio, Desktops, Laptops, Consumer Electronics, and More at CircuitCity.com
    Affiliate Program: Yes
    Network: Google

    Nb: I know the AM at Sam's and I hope that he is OK
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    Great idea Eric. Thank you!
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    Definitely an excellent idea - thanks so much for the post.

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    Fortunoff
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    Network: Linkshare

    Fortunoff again files for bankruptcy under Chapter 11
    http://www.internetretailer.com/dailyNews.asp?id=29382

    As far as keeping it simple, I don't care about the merchants who don't have affiliate programs since the title of the thread is Merchant Bankruptcy list for Affiliate Marketing:

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    I'm not sure about chapter 9 bankruptcy Eric, as that is for municipalities only, but I think I get your drift. Bankruptcies that would apply to businesses would be chapter 7, 11 or 13. Are these merchants actually people who filed bankruptcy in federal court or is the intent as an update of merchants that are discontinuing affiliate programs? I don't follow such things much as I am a merchant and so I am not affected by it like affs might be, so just curious. Thanks for taking the time to post it.
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    I guess this technically happened last year, but...
    Linens-n-Things
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    Charter Communications
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    Charter Communications to File for Bankruptcy:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/11/te...s/11radio.html

    Sirius/XM Radio - possible Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/11/te...s/11radio.html
    Network: LinkShare
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    Ritz Camera goes bankrupt

    Network: Ritz Camera is on CJ
    http://www.internetretailer.com/dailyNews.asp?id=29514

    It says eTail segment not affected.

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    kitchenetc.com closing up March 25

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    Great Post Eric. This is getting bad man...

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    Bankruptcy is a legally declared inability or impairment of ability of an individual or organization to pay its creditors. Creditors may file a bankruptcy petition against a debtor ("involuntary bankruptcy") in an effort to recoup a portion of what they are owed or initiate a restructuring. In the majority of cases, however, bankruptcy is initiated by the debtor.

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    that's good to know - I wonder how many more will be added to that list in the coming months

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    Eddie Bauer is the latest merchant to add to the list:
    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Eddie-...1185.html?.v=4

    They are on GAN.
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    I just saw the same story on CNN.

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    a couple of institues are also bankcrupt here in pakistan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Ewe
    Ritz Camera goes bankrupt

    Network: Ritz Camera is on CJ
    http://www.internetretailer.com/dailyNews.asp?id=29514

    It says eTail segment not affected.
    It says eTail segment not affected.[/QUOTE]

    Great post. Great idea!

    I believe Ritz Camera's affiliate program is independant of the Brick and Mortar company.

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    The fact that a particular brand's online and offline programs are separate, and that the offline bankruptcy doesn't directly impact the online entity, is not very meaningful.

    In the recent past, the bankruptcy of the offline company has triggered a revocation of the license for the online company to continue to use the trademark, thus shuttering the online company also.

    It doesn't always happen (here, Ritz Interactive still seems to be in business 4+ months after Ritz Camera filed for bankruptcy protection), but of course things could change at any time, with little notice (or none).

    A bankruptcy will quickly radiate problems out to all related entities (and suppliers and customers).

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    Quote Originally Posted by markwelch
    The fact that a particular brand's online and offline programs are separate, and that the offline bankruptcy doesn't directly impact the online entity, is not very meaningful.

    In the recent past, the bankruptcy of the offline company has triggered a revocation of the license for the online company to continue to use the trademark, thus shuttering the online company also.

    It doesn't always happen (here, Ritz Interactive still seems to be in business 4+ months after Ritz Camera filed for bankruptcy protection), but of course things could change at any time, with little notice (or none).

    A bankruptcy will quickly radiate problems out to all related entities (and suppliers and customers).
    I beleive Ritz Interactive was a seperate company that was granted to use the Ritz name. This is why Ritz Interactive is allowed to continue. I beleive that their ownership is seperate to the Brtick and Mortar company.

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    Here is a new one: Crabtree & Evelyn, on GAN:
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090701/...lyn_bankruptcy
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    Harry and David - CJ
    >> Chapter 11 bankruptcy announced today

    Admin: Maybe we can remove the title 2009 in the title

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    Crabtree and Evelyn? Oh, man

    Great idea for a post...but it also makes me wonder. Do these companies contact affiliates (or the program holders) to inform them that they don't exist anymore?

    One of the things I don't like about CB is that there is minimal contact with the vendor as an affiliate. I have had, (on more than one occasion) products disappear, even though they were still listed on my site. It's quite embarrassing to have my customers contact me to inform me that the links are dead...but I'm unable to keep up with all of the products!

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    Crabtree and Evelyn is showing at GAN

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    Their bankruptcy was announced in July, 2009 so it's quite likely they've worked things out by now, maybe even been bought out?

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    This is an excellent post, but the new entries when added are scattered over several posts, if only there could be a list - which could be appended and moderated

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevinChopra View Post
    This is an excellent post, but the new entries when added are scattered over several posts, if only there could be a list - which could be appended and moderated
    Or you could subscribe to the thread and get notified when someone adds a merchant...
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