I’ve just checked my Amazon affiliates account and discovered that this month 25 items have been ordered through links I’ve created or sessions started from clicking on links I’ve created. As it stands, I’m only getting paid for 3 of these items. Now it’s entirely possible that the other 22 haven’t shipped, and once they do I’ll receive credit, but I doubt it.
This has been going on for well over a year. Possibly two. I once inquired why it was that I wasn’t getting paid for items ordered through my account and I was told that they were “personal” orders. I assured Amazon that this wasn’t possible; that I hadn’t placed any of the orders that were being considered “personal.” For those who don’t know, Amazon doesn’t allow its affiliates to receive a commission on items that they purchase for themselves, which is completely understandable.
In any event, I was told that they “knew” that these were “personal” orders and that they couldn’t tell me how they knew because it was proprietary information. I was also told not to inquire about it anymore since they had spoken and their answer was final. But for the life of me I can’t figure out how orders that are placed from accounts that are not my own; paid for by means that are not my own; and received by people who are not me; can be in any way considered “personal.”
I’ve learned to grin and bear it but it’s really annoying to go to the trouble of creating these links and directing people to Amazon only to end up being shafted. Now don’t get me wrong; I’m grateful for the program and that I’ve been allowed to be a part of it for all these years. I’m grateful for all the payouts, which I wouldn’t have had otherwise, but right is right and it ain’t right to not pay an affiliate for generating sales that they should receive payment for.
At times I get upset enough to want to quit the program altogether on principle. But then I think that I’d rather not cut my nose off to spite my face. Still though, it’s incredibly frustrating to not receive something that’s been fairly earned, and then be given no real explanation as to why it’s happening. In any event, I appreciate those of you who continue to order products through my links, and I’d suggest you continue to do so on the off chance that I might receive credit for them.
I’m done ranting. Thanks for listening.