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    2% is it worth it?

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    2%??? You're kidding. Next, they will ask you to pay them for the privilege of showing their ads!
    Comments are opinion unless otherwise noted. Remember, pillage first. Then burn. Half of all people in the world have IQs under 100. You best learn to trust ol' SSanf!

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    2%

    Alienware is a well-known gamer's brand, but still, No Way is any 2%er appearing on my sites!

    The "well-known" is due to them advertising the H out of it, but I don't know if they actually sell many of them at their prices... definitely premium-brand pricing the last I looked!
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    2% is pretty average across computer merchants.

    Dell pays 1%-2%
    Gateway pays 2% base
    Apple pays 1%-2%
    TigerDirect pays 2% base
    etc...

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    quote:
    Originally posted by Joey:
    2% is pretty average across computer merchants.

    Dell pays 1%-2%
    Gateway pays 2% base
    Apple pays 1%-2%
    TigerDirect pays 2% base
    etc...


    That's why if you wanted to buy one of those computers off of my sites, you'd have to hope a link happened to come up through an AdSense ad! Because I wouldn't put any such lousy offers up myself, so the only way you'd find a link to one is if it showed up via AdSense.

    If the same cheapskate merchants want to pay me 50c or so/click via AdSense, that's fine, but when it comes to *per-sale* programs I'll sign up with:

    NO 2%ers or other cheapskates allowed, no exceptions, "PERIOD!"

    There are thousands of other things I can sell that'll beat the pants off of any 2% offer.
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    I sold a 15 hundred dollar computer once and just made 25 dollars off of them. Thats when they had their own affiliat eprogram.

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    $25, that is just sick. All I would be able to think of if that happened is my other $125. You know, a total of $150--what the commission would have been if it was 1500 worth of stuff from a merchant with a real commission!

    ($25 + $125 = $150, 10% commish...)
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    There are two problems with Computer merchants that make me avoid them

    1) Profit margins are so low that they can't afford to pay a decent affiliate commission

    2) They survive by massive turnover on low margins - means the product range is constantly changing and affiliate sites need frequent updating

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    I saw that 2% on CJ and asked the computer, why do they even bother?

    Oh yeh, lots of traffic for nearly zip!

    Not my traffic.

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    Is that all you look at commission %? They convert great for me and usually big orders so the EPC is big. That's what i look at, how much i make per click.

    ex. 2 merchants
    Merchant A pays 15% commission
    Merchant B pays 2% commission.

    Let's say you put both of them up on your site and after awhile, after you sent both of them some decent traffic and figure out your EPC with them.

    Merchant A $43 EPC
    Mercahnt B $88 EPC

    I would say in that example the merchant paying 2% is the better performing merchant. You gotta look at more than just commission %.

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    I'm with Leader on this one. I just bought some Christmas presents from Circuit City. I spent $300 and made a whopping $3 in commission.

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    quote:
    Originally posted by Kip:
    I'm with Leader on this one. I just bought some Christmas presents from Circuit City. I spent $300 and made a whopping $3 in commission.

    But you converted didn't you...
    1 click + $3 commission = $300 EPC

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    >>Is that all you look at commission %?

    If a merchant's CR sucks so bad that they can't outdo a stinking 2-3%er, they wouldn't stay on my pages for long.

    It's like this--MERCHANT DISQUALIFICATIONS:

    Lousy Commission
    Can't Convert
    Reverses Too Much
    Tracking is Off.

    Any one of those is grounds for me NOT to run their links!


    >>They convert great for me

    Imagine how big it'd be if they converted AND they paid a real commission! There *are* merchants who do both, you know...

    A 2% merchant that converts is like an empl*yer who says, "we only pay $2/hour, but you can work 200 hours/week and make it up in hours!"

    Forget that noise--it's out of the question! Just because merchants are not empl*yers, doesn't mean that they are exempt from basic economics.
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    I gave an example Leader. It's called EPC, that's what you look at.

    You send a visitor to a merchant, you figure out how much you make per visitor sent (click). Then once you figure out what merchants are paying you the most per click, you try to send them as much traffic as possible. EPC.

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    Leader, what computer merchants do you use?

    Fred

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    Alienware seems pretty good to me. If you notice that their systems run around $2000+, 2% commission is not that bad! $40+ for each order works for me.

    BTW, can anyone find their TOS?

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