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  1. #1
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    Hey guys,
    I'd like to join JC Penney's affiliate program, but it's virtually impossible to find it anywhere on Linkshare. The search function of Linkshare never worked, doesn't work, and most probably will never work.
    Any JC Penney affiliates here?

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    I think they quit taking on new affiliates a long time ago.

    Maybe try writing to them?

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    Like the private invite WalMart program they just don't convert and are certainly not worth putting up web ink or sending them hard earned traffic. Walmart in 2 years 14,312 clicks with total commissions of $26.85. Put that one on your PPC keyword list and your broke.

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    Thanks for the information Meowser and EcomCity.com

    So, what does Private Invite exactly mean? Do they have to find me, have somebody recommend me, or can I email them and ask them whether I can join?

    Btw, they are on Linkshare homepage:


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    Having given this issue much thought (after trying to hunt down the JCP program myself), I came to the conclusion that a "big name" like JC Penney get's to stay in the LS frontpage rotation because they attract other merchants... not lowly affiliates. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    Hey, they took half a year to approve me, then put me on a 3-month probation (min. $10,000 sales), and then promptly removed me when the 3 month was up, of course.

    Best of luck!

    Cheers,
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    After making $20,000+ in sales every month in 2000, JCPenney's promptly dumped me.
    Said they didn't want me posting any of their sales, was only to put up JCPenney.com on my site. Mind you, I wasn't even posting coupons, just whatever was on sale.
    Seemed like a screwy way to advertise, kind of hard to promote using their name only.

    Anyways, they continue to have banner farms in their programs, they have sites in their program that list coupons that expired a loooong time ago and yet booted me out.
    Guess they didn't like paying out the big commission checks. They want a program, but not successful affiliates!

    I had the same problems with other Linkshare Merchants. I sold a ton for Domestications but was promptly booted. They too continue to have other crappy sites for affiliates.
    (nothing personal against crappy sites)

    I read and re-read the affiliate agreements but could find nothing I did to cause these actions.

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    Private Invite means you get to send them traffic for FREE.

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    Actually the guys who were running JC Penney are now in the unemployment line...the new guys however are only somewhat less clueless about the affiliate program...which is why it's still on hold.

    And you are right, none of the biggies like paying big commission checks to anyone.

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    Hi All -

    Affiliate - JCPenney does continue to maintain an affiliate program in the LinkShare Network. However, JCPenney has decided not to make their program available in the Join Programs area for open application, and instead works with affiliates on a case-by-case basis. If you're interested in working with them, please send me an email at (REMOVED EMAIL ADDRESS) and I will provide you with a means of contacting them with your request.

    Connie - Have you had the opportunity to contact either JCPenney or Domestications to discuss being removed from their programs? If you have not and would like more information, I will see what I can do on my end to provide you with specifics.

    Best,
    Sarah
    Last edited by LinkShare Moderator; July 6th, 2010 at 03:39 PM. Reason: Removed email address - email address not valid.

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    Domestications were quite good, I recall. But one day the Angel of Death swooped down on my pages and replaced every Linkshare merchant with a CJ one.

    I expect it was upset at having to wait so long for its wages.


    I

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    Are there any updates on JCPenneys working with affiliates. I see quite a few of my competitors that are not all that above board that have them on their site and wondered if they are worth persuing as a merchant. Any advice.

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    I never saw this old thread before now, but maybe 3 years or so ago, I tried finding the JCPenny program on LS and eventually contacted LS and was told "the JC Penny program is closed to new affiliates".
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    Ya, I dug up an old one didn't I. Love using that search. LOL

    Thanks for the info.

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    Cool
    but with Sears, Target, Walmart, KMart, and even Montgomery Ward (Ward's) having very active affiliate programs . . . maybe JCP just doesn't need the money.

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    I just received an email yesterday stating they're dropping commission from 4% to 1.5% on 3/01/09 and if I don't respond by 2/25/09 that I'm onboard with it - they're dropping me.

    Anyone else get this email? I hope this isn't a new trend because 1.5% is lousy and not a nice way to thank people sending your store sales during the worse economy in decades.
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    Hi,
    Does anyone know what JCPenney's default publisher commission rate, cookie duration and 3month EPC are?
    Thanks!

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    Sometimes the advertiser and the network end the relationship, but ofcourse the network don't like to tell you that incase you came there especially for that advertiser, nothing worse that joining a network specifically for one advertiser only to find out that they are no longer there

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