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    The slot machine that IS paid! Billy Kay's Avatar
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    Did anyone/everyone get the "Private Offer" from Linkshare??

    Here's the email:

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>LinkShare is pleased to announce that you have been selected by The Popcorn Factory for a private program.

    Here's some information about this private program:
    xx% sale on all goods

    Private programs represent a special relationship that our member
    merchants wish to develop with certain affiliate sites. Since not all
    members of LinkShare can see or participate in this program, The Popcorn Factory
    has selected you with the understanding that you will not disclose
    to other affiliates or merchants the proposed terms of the agreement. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    So I dutifully log on to LS to see the offer. Here's what is says:

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Affiliate Outreach Dec xx% Commission Offer 17.1 | private | xx% commission on all goods <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    All linkshare stated in their official email was (the small) increase in commission

    All the Popcorn Factory stated was (the small) increase in commission

    For those who gleefully blindly accepted this "outreach" by TPF - read the fine print...

    They lowered the already tiny cookie duration of 15 days to an even tinier TEN days if you accept.

    Talk about truth in advertising!!!

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    What about 'Private Offer' don't you understand?

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    The slot machine that IS paid! Billy Kay's Avatar
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    I know enough that merchants have posted mine here - and sarah has been "researching" for over a year if it's allowed.

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    'Private offer' notwithstanding, I think it's horsehockey that they tried to do a fast one on you and others with the most probably not 'so' private offer.
    Continued Success,

    Haiko
    The secret of success is constancy of purpose ~ Disraeli

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    give with one hand, take with the other. It's up to you what to tolerate.

    they must have had a reason.

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    Huh, I sold 55 of those popcorn tins already this month and I did not get a private offer... hmmmm...

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    notary sojac Herb ΤΏΤ¬'s Avatar
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    picture us being able to access a private forum for private offer comparison . . .

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    The slot machine that IS paid! Billy Kay's Avatar
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    Chris,

    You can have mine!!

    seriously, there was a "bulk mail" email from TPF saying they have a new "team" and they are busy contacting ALL affiliates - we all did such a wonderful job they're rewarding us yada yada yada

    Maybe they haven't gotten to you yet

    I'd tell you to call them, but they don't return calls

    I'd tell you to email them, but no one one their "team" returns emails - NOT ONE - NOT EVER

    Anyway, this post was about checking the fine print before accepting what looks like a "gimmee"

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    I've received several "private offers" this season. They ALL increased commissions slightly and reduced return days significantly.

    This is a telling trend. In the interest of long-term gains, I've turned them all down and notified the AMs that I'm not interested in any offer that slices return days. In a few cases they increased the return days for me.

    Lily

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    Well, this time of year I would rather have any kind of commish increase than longer cookies. If people are buying they do it quick this season. After Valentines day, thats another story.

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