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June 22nd, 2006, 02:52 AM #1
Opinions sought on exclusive agreements
- Join Date
- January 17th, 2005
I have been promoting a merchant who has an exclusive clause in their agreement. While it has been my best performing affiliation, it hasn't been enough to declare success for me.
I've joined another merchant in the same niche over at SAS, who has more linking options and free datafeeds, competitive prices and such. I haven't posted their links yet. I think it's worth a try, but I'm not sure how to do it.
Can I simply strike the current merchant's links for a month and replace them with the new prospect for a trial? Is that a violation of exclusivity too, even though the site will not be running them against each other? Would that be the end? Or a good idea?
Looking for guidance, thanks.
June 22nd, 2006, 05:56 AM #2
Probably not a good idea. Depends on the exact wording of the text, but in any case it would probably be a violation of the spirit of the agreement.
I would negotiate it with the merchant in question and bring it to their attention that this clause is no longer acceptable to you. Maybe they'll counter by offering you a better deal.Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try. -- Homer Simpson
June 22nd, 2006, 07:03 AM #3
- Join Date
- January 18th, 2005
Sounds to me like you are being help prisoner by a non-converting merchant. A merchant who demands exclusivity whenit hasn't been enough to declare success for me
June 22nd, 2006, 09:20 AM #4
the exclusivity may be limited to showing no competitor's links on the same page. In that case you can try another at another site of yours.
I had a travel place get bought out by a major player. When I questioned if they were going to change the TOS I found I couldn't promote them any more.
June 22nd, 2006, 05:17 PM #5
I refuse to work with merchants who require exclusivity.
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