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  1. #1
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    We received this from Applestore:

    Become an Apple Store Affiliate!

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Dear xxxxxx,

    We’ve identified your company as a potentially great partner for the Apple Store Affiliate Program and we welcome you to apply now.

    As an affiliate of the Apple Store--home of the iMac, iBook, Power Mac G5, PowerBook, iPod, and more--you can benefit from:
    Up to 2% commission on all goods*
    A 15-day return policy
    A $50 monthly payment threshold
    Plus, your customers get free ground shipping
    on orders of $50 or more
    Apply Now
    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    So, we applied because we agreed, our traffic is indeed a good match for Applestore.

    Then Applestore replied:
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Dear XXXXXX

    Thank you for taking time to apply to the Apple Store Associates Program. We appreciate your interest in the program.

    We regret that we can not accept your company into the Apple Store Associates Program at this time. Our decisions are based on a number of factors, which may include:

    * Presence of Apple competitors on your Web site
    * Fit of Apple's messaging and branding with your Web site
    * Traffic levels of your Web site
    * A well-defined Privacy Policy on your Web site

    We hope you will consider re-applying to the Apple Store
    Associates Program in the future.

    Best of luck with your e-commerce endeavors.
    Apple Store Associates Program Team
    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    So we said:
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Dear Apple Store Associates Program Team

    We applied to your program in response to a specific inviation from you to do so.
    We would appreciate if you would refrain from inviting us to join your program.

    This will save us from bothering to apply and you from ungraciously withdrawing your invitation.

    This is known as politeness.
    Look it up under p-o-l-i-t-e-n-e-s-s.
    Any dictionary will do.

    Thank you for your cooperation.
    XXXXXX
    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    God save us all from morons, idiots, gobshites, house-bricks and Apple Store Associates Program Teams, though not necessarily in that order.

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    LOL that's funny.. Got the same email and replied and also was rejected.. quite funny...

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    LOL and you guys saved yourselves from the realities of Apple computer dealers. 95% of them have had to file bankrupcy or close down brick-n-mortor operations and their cult followers refuse to pony up the money to keep them operating. The moment anyone gets successful selling Apple/MAC products the comany will change their VAR program to cut them off...
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by jasonco12:
    LOL that's funny.. Got the same email and replied and also was rejected.. quite funny... <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Ah, you too?

    So it wasn't just a mistake then.
    It's obviously sytematic and undiscriminating gobshiteness - no wonder Apple are only a niche player anymore.

    The bit I especially like from their reasons for rejection is:
    "* Presence of Apple competitors on your Web site"

    So, let's see how this works:

    They find a site that sells computers and think, "That's good, maybe they can sell Apple too, let's ask them".

    So they ask and we agree, but then they think, "Wait a minute, they don't sell Apple, they sell somebody else's machine. No way José, we can't have them selling Apple because they sell something we don't make!"

    So they saunter off into the sunset and think, "That's a job well done. We've protected our brand again. God, I love the way we do that. We are the best!"

    "Eh, what do you mean,'We're still on the brink of extinction?' How can that be?"

    How indeed!

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    I was invited to both the apple store and itune program and was approved to both. Maybe it was a massive email send and they got more then they bargined fored.

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    I thought they were doing a closed program, by invitation.

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    ABW Ambassador buy_online's Avatar
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    KM did have an interesting and truthful observation. What came first, the chicken or the egg?

    We were approved, and we have competitors on our site. Go figure.

    Fred

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