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    Thumbs down How to piss your affiliates off before x'mas
    I am an affiliate of this company.. yeah yeah, I moonlight as an affiliate

    Got this is my email. I am not sure if this is bad timing or pure (i will keep my thoughts to myself). Not a good move for the merchant and affiliates.
    *name of merchant has been replaced.

    PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING FOR VERY IMPORTANT INFO REGARDING THE XYZ AFFILIATE PROGRAM ***

    * The XYZ.com site will be closed temporarily for upgrades starting at 11:59 PM EST, on Thursday, November 30 until Monday morning, December 4. In the meantime, all incoming traffic to the site will be presented with a simple splash page.

    * Unfortunately LinkShare tracking will not be restored until Monday, 12/11/06 (possibly sooner).

    * Though there will be structural changes to our e-commerce system, your affiliate linking codes will remain UNCHANGED and continue to function as normal once the program is brought back online on Monday,December 11th.

    * IF YOU USE MERCHANDISER/DATA FEEDS - You will need to revise your code as our product numbers will be changing.

    * If you are currently promoting our offers through paid search, you should consider suspending your efforts temporarily, until the program is back online and functioning normally.

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    Ouch - stupid move
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    What a, um, "crock" Someone must be smoking "pot". I got that email too. Oh well, not like I make much with them anyway.

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    Not good.

    G.

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    Judging by how they scheduled it to happen so soon and suddenly, I suspect that it's a security upgrade. It may be even more stupid for them to wait. Once an exploit's been published, they pretty much have to put the patch/upgrade in ASAP, because there are idiots out there who will actually go looking for the vulnerable systems. And, if this is a big merchant, there will be more idiots who try to mess with 'em just because they know the place exists.

    What IS stupid is how they're going to be down all weekend, by plan. It shouldn't take that long to do an upgrade, unless they have millions of products and it'll take all that time to transfer the database.

    And if they're just doing something unimportant like changing the site for the sake of doing it, then they are just being stupid.

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    Wow - I want to believe / think that they would not be doing this unless it was necessitated for security reasons, or perhaps relocation? I mean, what merchant would willingly shut down during the holiday rush? I'm thinking they are doing what they had to do - hopefully you get it all back without further delays.

    Oh the trials and tribulations of doing business online.... sigh
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    This is a joke right? Or perhaps a recollection of a bad dream? It is too unbelievable to be true. Upgrading and shutting down during the busiest 2 weeks of the year?
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    This is a joke right?
    No, the joke is later in the email:
    In the meantime, feel free to join our other Linkshare affiliate programs if you have not already done so
    About as much chance of that happening as them getting their heads out of their asses without surgical assistance.
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    I got the e-mail also.

    Isn't this the same thing that Mikasa did last Christmas??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Witzer
    I got the e-mail also.

    Isn't this the same thing that Mikasa did last Christmas??
    kinda . . . wonder what ever happened to them . . .

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    Mikasa - Not sure if they still have the aff prog

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    Mikasa is back, still at Linkshare. Have been back for a few months now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TI Master
    What a, um, "crock" Someone must be smoking "pot". I got that email too. Oh well, not like I make much with them anyway.
    If someone was smoking pot, they wouldn't be this stupid.
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    At least they sent a notice out. Some are not even that considerate.

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    Mikasa will never be back for me. I was so upset with them last Christmas. I think they shut down their program the first week in November.
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    Shoppers determine what has value and they like coupons. Stop manipulating who set the cookie just because you do not like coupon and promotional sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FairFieldGetaway-EricEwe
    Mikasa - Not sure if they still have the aff prog

    Mikasa has been back for a while...........just in time for this year's Christmas. I get e-mails from them suggesting that I put up their banners.

    Not sure that anyone is taking them seriously.
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