Jeff Bezos You Just Lost Your Biggest Fan. Amazon.com Inc. Affiliate Program Is A Scamposted by MR WAVETHEORY at 12/09/2006 04:08:00 PM
My affiliate commissions are not truing up. Typically, I check my Amazon.com affiliate reports twice each day, usually early in the morning when the day is over and then in the middle of the day around noon. Lately, I've noticed that the two reports have been different depending when I run them. At first, I didn't believe that Amazon.com could possibly be scamming me for a few dollars. After all, my commissions have never amounted more than a few dollars a day. However, I noticed so many times that my reports were different based on the time I logged in, that I decided to take screenshots to prove to myself that I wasn't just being paranoid.
Here's a screenshot I took earlier this morning of my affiliate commission for December 8th, 2006 which is yesterday. You can see that the total earnings for December 8th, 2006 came out to $17.91. The total number of items shipped was 18 orders.
I ran the same report again this afternoon and the total earnings for the day were $0. The total items shipped was 0 orders.Seeing is believing and I can't believe my eyes. The same report now says that I earned $0 after telling me that I earned $17.91 earlier in the day. I don't intend to get rich from the Amazon.com affiliate program, but I hate being scammed. Like many bloggers, I put alot of passion and time into writing my blog. My blog is a way for self expression. I do it because it's fun. Being scammed by Amazon is not fun.
I am so surprised that Amazon.com is scamming me this way. I was a big fan of the Omakase links program since it launched, because I saw Amazon as an underdog seeking to provide an alternative solution in the contextual advertising market which has been cornered by Google. However, after this experience, I don't know what to think about Amazon.com. Maybe Amazon.com is just another big bad corporation. With this bad experience behind me, I am seriously rethinking whether I want to be a publisher in the affiliate game. (Read about the BlockBuster affiliate scam.) Jeff Bezos, you should be ashamed, because you just lost your biggest fan.