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  1. #1
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    Just got this.

    Dear Associate,

    We’re writing to thank you for your efforts this quarter, and to give you a
    preliminary view of the Associates compensation structure for Q2 2003.

    We have decided to keep the same basic pricing structure for Q2 2003.
    Starting April 1, 2003 you will be given the choice to opt in to either the
    “Classic” structure or the “Tiered” structure as outlined below:

    “Classic” structure includes the same referral fee rates that were in place
    in Q3 2002.

    * 5% of the sale of Amazon retail items
    * 5% of the sale of products sold by ToysRUs.com, BabiesRUs.com, and
    Imaginarium.com
    * 2.5% of the sale of all other Marketplace products sold by third parties

    * 15% for qualifying book links

    “Tiered” structure that compensates you for the number (and type) of items
    sold through your links, and for putting an "Easy Link" on your homepage.

    * You will earn between 4.5% and 8% of the sale of Amazon retail items. See
    the table below for details.
    * 15% for qualifying book links
    * 5% of the sale of products sold by ToysRUs.com, BabiesRUs.com, and
    Imaginarium.com
    * 2.5% of the sale of all other Marketplace products sold by third parties

    * You agree to add an Easy Link to your homepage(s) (note that we’ve added
    a text version of Easy Links)
    * You agree to sell a minimum number of non-media items. See the table
    below for details (note that we’ve reduced the non-media requirement by
    approximately 20% per tier)

    Referral Fees for sales of Specified Qualifying Products during Qualifying
    Sessions

    Tier 1: 1-25 units
    Tier 1: 0
    Tier 1: 4.5% of Qualifying Revenues

    Tier 2: 26-75 units
    Tier 2: 2
    Tier 2: 5.0% of Qualifying Revenues

    Tier 3: 76-250 units
    Tier 3: 6
    Tier 3: 5.5% of Qualifying Revenues

    Tier 4: 251-3500 units
    Tier 4: 20
    Tier 4: 6.0% of Qualifying Revenues

    Tier 5: 3,501-10,000 units
    Tier 5: 300
    Tier 5: 6.5% of Qualifying Revenues

    Tier 6: 10,001-75,000 units
    Tier 6: 1,000
    Tier 6: 7.0% of Qualifying Revenues

    Tier 7: 75,001-175,000 units
    Tier 7: 7,000
    Tier 7: 7.5% of Qualifying Revenues

    Tier 7: 175,001+ units
    Tier 8: 15,000
    Tier 8: 8% of Qualifying Revenues

    It is not yet possible to choose your compensation structure for Q2 2003.
    On April 1, you will receive another e-mail from us that will include
    detailed explanation of the Q2 2003 compensation structure, and
    instructions on how to opt in to either the “classic” or “tiered”
    structure.

    We hope you find this advance notice helpful.

    Sincerely,

    The Amazon.com Associates Team

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    We kept with classic and will continue. I will not put an easylinks on all of my amazon sites.

    The loss or revenue is $10 per $1000 of commission. Considering what i would pay for a nice looking site, and i think the easy links would ruin that look, I consider that a design penalty I pay every quarter.

    Chet

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    Yeah - I'm staying with classic too.

    It costs $15 per $1000, but a) I won't give up that space on every site for a sleazy link and b) the non-media requirement goes up a lot at this level, so there is some risk of not getting the higher rate in practice.

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    There always has to be a catch. It's not enough to create good pages that produce sales. Amazon wants MORE MORE MORE!

    The Easy Link and non-media sales requirements are just to make it a little bit tougher to get to a higher level, and in my opinion does little to encourage publishers to put in the extra effort.

    With commission caps and all the other cr@p they throw at us, I've also elected to retain the classic structure.

    It's like dangling a carrot in front of you, about the time you reach it they yank it away!

    Andy

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    Eternal Optimist Look4's Avatar
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    If the easylink is all that is keeping you away, note that they now allow you to use a text easylink.
    I noticed their link builder lets you use a very small typeface as well. You can slip this thing in just about anywhere with little impact on overall appearance now.

    L4

    Personal motto - In every situation, leave someone or something better than you found it.

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    notary sojac Herb ԿԬ's Avatar
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    I'm very bothered by the fact that they want us to decide which way to go again, but can't show us the new agreement we have to live by.

    That is, as of a half hour ago, anyway.

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    ABW Ambassador CrazyGuy's Avatar
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    I thought text easylink was going to be the solution until they released it last Q. The text easylink is an iframe just like the graphic one - but they pour text rather than pics into it.

    So not very different unfortunately

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