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  1. #1
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    Did I miss some earlier warning or did REI just close their program with 24 hours notice?

    Wayne

    "Linkshare Program Ends

    REI is closing the REI Linkshare Affiliate Program on 1/11/05. Please remove all Linkshare REI.com and REI-OUTLET.com links. All links will be inactive on 1/11/05. We appreciate your cooperation.

    REI will be paying out all affiliates regardless of whether the affiliate has met the $25 commission threshold. All affiliates will be paid out beginning with December payments and ending with January payments. "

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    I just got the same notice.

    Has anyone heard if they're moving somewhere else? The signup links at their site still point to Linkshare.
    Michael Coley
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    I just received word, as well. I don't think there was any warning.

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    I got the same notice.

    The affiliate link is still on REI.com, and there is no info in Linkshare about the termination.

    BTW, email is the single worst way to communicate expiration of programs. It would be far too easy for competitors to spoof such notices.

    You would think that this late in the game, the affiliate networks would have a much more professional approach to merchant closings. At least there should be notification in both the LinkShare account to accompany the termination.

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    I just got this reponse from REI....

    Thank you for your interest in the REI Affiliate Program. We will be sending new information regarding the REI affiliate program on 1/12/05. Your links will be active with Linkshare until 11:59 pm EST on the 1/11/05. Unfortunately, we are unable to disclose more information at this time.


    So it looks like I won't be taking down any pages yet...

    Maybe they just got fed up with Linkshare and all the games they play.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> We will be sending new information regarding the REI affiliate program on 1/12/05. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    The problem with this type of work flow is that we must take action before we get the information.

    Anyway, it looks like I will spend the next hour blowing away REI links.

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    FYI...
    Just found their new program at commission junction.

    Karen

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    That was a quick switch!

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