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  1. #1
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    January 17th, 2005
    Amazon is offering a 2% reward for using their 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 recently, virtually everything at 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 as your regular search engine.

    We don't advertise this additional discount that we give in exchange for using, 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 as their regular search engine. They should make sure they are signed in to (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 it isn't the best reason. 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 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 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 and tell your friends.

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

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    January 18th, 2005
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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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    January 18th, 2005
    I emailed them and this was their reply:

    Greetings from 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

    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.

  4. #4
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    January 17th, 2005
    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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