I can't believe it, but I just received what looks an awful lot like very clearly identified spam from's Associates program. I emailed their abuse address to confirm whether this came from them, cc'ing three colleagues at who I have known for a couple of year. Say it ain't so,! Ironically, I've been an Associate registered under the address they emailed to for about four years.Return-Path: Received: from ( []) by (8.11.6/8.11.5) with ESMTP id g77K9WG23264 for ; Wed, 7 Aug 2002 13:09:32 -0700 Received: from by with ESMTP (crosscheck: []) id NAA23312; Wed, 7 Aug 2002 13:13:42 -0700 From: X-AMAZON-TRACK: Received: by id NAA09353; Wed, 7 Aug 2002 13:13:42 -0700 Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2002 13:13:42 -0700 Message-Id: Subject: ADV: Earn more with Associates To: Reply-To: Content-type: text/html X-UIDL: 1No!!GoI!!#<P!!+b5!! Dear Affiliate, As you may know, the Associates Program is the most recognized program of its kind, but we recently noticed that you have yet to join. Perhaps it's because you thought we didn't pay referral fees for used or 3rd party products. Well, put your worries behind you and join our program today. has expanded its Associates Program by paying referral fees on items sold by Marketplace vendors, including Target and Toys "R" Us. We'd like to welcome you to our program, and offer you a $25 Gift Certificate for joining! Here are the details: 1. Join our program and place any Associates link on your Web site 2. Reply to this email with the URL where your new link resides 3. Include your new Associate ID (you will receive confirmation of your Associate ID via email shortly after you submit your application) 4. Generate five or more "3rd party product sales" by September 9 5. We will send to you a $25 Gift Certificate To increase your chances of selling "3rd party products", we encourage you to adopt one of our Recommends links that will automatically display the lowest price available for our best selling products. Or grab one of our brand new "used product" buttons or banners, available for every product category we offer. You'll find everything you need for building links in our easy-to-use Associates Central, to which you'll have access upon joining our program. Need more reasons to sign up? How about these: 1. You can easily link any of your site's content (news, recommendations, or reviews) to complementary products at Our program makes it easy for you to supplement your content with easy commerce solutions from the web's leading retailer. 2. We now have over 30 million customers so chances are good that visitors to your site are already customers of Once you join our program, we pay you when your visitors shop with us. 3. You can earn between 5-15% of each new product sale and 2.5% of each used or 3rd party product sale through our program. 4. We have a strong, internationally recognized brand name among consumers, and a proven track record in converting browsers to buyers. Once you sign up with our Associates Program, just place any Associates link on your Web site and generate five 3rd product sales by September 9. We'll send you a $25 Gift Certificate. It's that simple. Join today and see what all the hype is really about!_ [IMAGE] _ Sincerely, The Associates Program Staff Associates Program _ _ ___ This e-mail was sent to: You received this message because we want your site to join our Associates program. Please reply to this mail with the word remove as the subject if you do not wish to receive any future mail from [IMAGE] [IMAGE]