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    Can anybody recommended any good ones, some that you have had sales with. thanks

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    I sold a chook at Hickory farms once...
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    Several gourmet merchants at Linkshare have the old 75-100 minimum and ZERO cookie days so even if the converted you'll take 2 years to get a check. I tried over 10 merchants in that category with few sales in 4 years. I just pray some buy the kitchen electronics and pots-n-pans from Overstock -Cooking.com. You can forget Diningware.com ..on hold at LS and huge minimum -quarterly payouts and Zero cookies..bye bye Diningware.com

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    <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon15.gif> By the way...I still haven't been paid for the chook!

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by mousejockey:
    <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon15.gif> By the way...I still haven't been paid for the chook!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    uh, well I joined and was going to promote them too, thought they'd be good for holiday sales, but guess I won't waste my time.

    There are a bunch of wine merchants at CJ. I don't have them on my site yet, but one of them is bound to convert. Other than that, most of the food merchants seem to be either ethnic, health foods, or gourmet. The margin on grocery foods is low so there isn't room for decent commissions.


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    The problem with Hickory Farms is that they are everywhere in the Malls - especially at holiday time. Even my grocery store sells their stuff now so I don't even have to go to a mall if I want some stuff from HF!

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    I have some food and grocery merchants on my site, and while I dearly love them (I dearly love anyone who sells health food and herbs, just on principle), so far they have not converted for me. I just keep 'em up to fill space and because they fit in with the theme of my site. There's something to be said for keeping a few non-converting merchants around just because they look good. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

    Honestly, I think people haven't yet gotten used to the idea of ordering food online (don't know about wine - don't have any of those merchants myself). Remember those online grocery sites? They went bust for a reason - whether it was because it was an idea ahead of its time or because it's an idea that just doesn't work, I don't know.

    I think when it comes to food, people like seeing the item in person, picking it up and holding it. Groceries are really something of a tactile experience, if you think about it! The only thing I can see possibly converting are gift baskets - and since I don't have them on my site at the moment, I don't know if they actually do convert or not.

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    I saw/heard somewhere that Wholefoods brought back it's affiliate program. Have you heard anything about that ?

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    Havent had any luck either with food merchants, i mean who would buy seafood online? i guess somebody does. I was thinking pasta, hard candy, maybe wine would do ok. We'll see once the upcoming holdidays start to roll around.

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    Eaglefire,
    I didn't even know that Whole Foods ever had an affiliate program, but I'm pretty new to the affiliate deal and it's possible they haven't had one since I've been scouting merchants.

    Here's something from the FAQs on their website:
    "How can I shop online? I can't seem to do that on your website.

    This site was intentionally designed as an information-only website. We do not sell online from this site but many of our products are available online from Gaiam.com"

    If they were formerly doing sales online, my guess would be that it didn't pan out (turn a profit).

    Admittedly, I'd rather visit my local Whole Foods to do my shopping than make my health food-type purchases online - and since I hate all shopping (rare for a female, I know) I'm extremely internet savvy when it comes to buying things online!

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Janiss:
    Eaglefire,
    I didn't even know that Whole Foods ever had an affiliate program, but I'm pretty new to the affiliate deal and it's possible they haven't had one since I've been scouting merchants.

    Here's something from the FAQs on their website:
    "How can I shop online? I can't seem to do that on your website.

    This site was intentionally designed as an information-only website. We do not sell online from this site but many of our products are available online from Gaiam.com"

    If they were formerly doing sales online, my guess would be that it didn't pan out (turn a profit).

    Admittedly, I'd rather visit my local Whole Foods to do my shopping than make my health food-type purchases online - and since I hate all shopping (rare for a female, I know) I'm extremely internet savvy when it comes to buying things online!
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    OK so they aren't eCommerce enabled yet. I didn't think to check. My connections there told me that they were planning on it eventually. This is the second life for their online operation. I think their first website fell prey to the dot.bomb syndrome. A friend of mine owned a mome-and-pop style health foods store and I put their operation online. The physical store closed and the online operation continued for a bit, then died as well.


    Then again, they are building/buying up stores around here like there's no tomorrow so maybe they've put eCommerce plans back on the shelf.


    Thanks


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