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    Amazon is offering a 2% reward for using their a9.com search engine. It's sad that I've become this suspicious but I want to make sure this isn't a way for Amazon to get out of paying affiliates their commissions. Does anyone know if this works with affiliate links? Or does anyone have any other information about it?

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Since you've been using A9.com recently, virtually everything at Amazon.com is automatically an additional 2% (1.57%) off for you. Collecting this discount is zero effort on your part. It will be applied automatically at checkout (it will happen whether you use the shopping cart or our 1-Click Shopping®). You don't need to do anything to get this discount except keep using A9.com as your regular search engine.

    We don't advertise this additional discount that we give in exchange for using A9.com, so if you want your friends to know about it, please tell them. It is probably the only way they'll find out. All they have to do is use A9.com as their regular search engine. They should make sure they are signed in to A9.com (it should be recognizing them by name) so that we can be certain they get credit for their visit.

    While the 2% discount is a good additional reason to use A9.com it isn't the best reason. A9.com licenses its web search results from the industry leader Google, and then supplements those results with Amazon's Search Inside the Book™ results. The coolest feature is that A9.com keeps track of your search history for you on the server side. To see how this works, do some A9 searches from your computer at work and then sign in to A9.com from your computer at home.

    How can we afford this additional 2% discount?

    Because of sponsored links (the small text-based ads you see on search results pages), web search has turned into a highly profitable business. The search engines are making a significant amount of money every time someone clicks on one of those ads. With our automatic 2% discount, we are effectively sharing with you some of the money we collect from sponsored links, i.e. sharing the pi.

    Please use A9.com and tell your friends.

    Thank you



    A9.com Instant Rewards will not be applied to the purchase of gift certificates or gift cards, such as Amazon.com Gift Certificates, Target GiftCards, or Borders Gift Cards.
    A9.com Instant Rewards will not be applied to purchases from Amazon.com zShops or Amazon.com Auctions; payments and contributions made using the Amazon.com Honor System; Marketplace Pre-Orders; or In-Store Pickup purchases.
    A9.com Instant Rewards may be inactivated for any Amazon.com account at any time depending on the number of A9.com Web searches performed.
    Product searches performed on Amazon.com will not help to qualify an account for A9.com Instant Rewards.
    You do not have to click on sponsored links to qualify an account for A9.com Instant Rewards.
    The A9.com Instant Reward rate is π/2% (1.57%) off the total purchase price, including tax and shipping.
    The exact amount of the A9.com Instant Reward stated on the order summary is only an estimate. After taxes are finalized, the exact amount of the Instant Reward will be finalized.
    A9.com Instant Rewards are not for use on Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.jp, Amazon.ca, Amazon.fr, or any Web site other than www.amazon.com.
    Amazon.com reserves the right to change or discontinue the A9.com Instant Reward program at any time. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

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    I'm sorry but I long ago gave up trying to decipher Amazon's cryptic affiliate agreements. I wouldn't touch this one at all. They'll just change it next quarter into something even more indecipherable.

    Have you tried Google's search?

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    I emailed them and this was their reply:

    Greetings from Amazon.com Associates.

    The A9 discount is applied to a customers order, and will not effect
    the tagging of a properly formatted link. The Associates account
    will earn its referral fee, and the customer will receive the
    discount.

    As always, please feel free to contact us should you have future
    questions or comments, and thanks for your continued interest in the
    Associates Program.

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    I recently bought a monitor at Amazon through another affiliate's site. I got a nice big discount thanks to A9 (just visit A9 once and you get the discount cookie, I guess). The other affiliate told me she did get the commission on the monitor. So I think Amazon is above-board on this.

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