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    Moderator MichaelColey's Avatar
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    January 18th, 2005
    Mansfield, TX
    There's a new promotion listed on Gateway's affiliate interface today under "Deals of the week":

    New Gateway® M520CS Notebook only $699.99 Offer Name & Text New Gateway® M520CS Notebook only $699.99
    Offer Type Sale
    Start Date 07/29/2004
    End Date 08/18/2004
    Offer Description New Gateway® M520CS Notebook only $699.99 after $100 instant savings & $100 mail-in-rebate! Limited time and Phone offer only. Weekly supply limited. New supply arrives weekly.
    Clicking through on the link, here's what you find:

    How To Buy:
    Phone only offer. Call 1-800-243-9839 to purchase.
    Several questions come to mind:

    1. Why does BeFree allow them to do this?
    2. Does Gateway actually think their affiliates are stupid enough to promote this for free?

    It's one thing to have a toll free number available. It's another thing to have "phone only" offers like this on a merchant's site. It's a huge slap in the face to try to get your affiliates to promote those offers!

    The gall of some companies...

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    2005 Linkshare Golden Link Award Winner  ecomcity's Avatar
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    January 18th, 2005
    St Clair Shores MI.
    Sounds just like the offerings to bypass commissions.
    Webmaster's... Mike and Charlie

    "What have you done today to put real value into a referral click...from a shoppers viewpoint!"

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    January 17th, 2005
    Texas, USA

    July 31, 2004


    The last time I checked, Gateway only offered a 14 day cookie.

    Too bad, because I used to work on computers
    and monitors for a living and wanted to promote Gateway as their computers are of superior construction.

    Fourteen days is just not long enough for a comparatively high-priced newly built computer.

    Gateway should seriously consider offering their affiliates a 90+ day cookie if they
    want webmasters to offer Gateway on their web sites.


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