I can't believe it, but I just received what looks an awful lot like very clearly identified spam from Amazon.com's Associates program. I emailed their abuse address to confirm whether this came from them, cc'ing three colleagues at Half.com who I have known for a couple of year. Say it ain't so, Amazon.com! Ironically, I've been an Amazon.com Associate registered under the address they emailed to for about four years.
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Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2002 13:13:42 -0700
Subject: ADV: Earn more with Amazon.com Associates
Dear Half.com Affiliate,
As you may know, the Amazon.com 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. Amazon.com has expanded its Associates Program by paying referral fees on items sold by Amazon.com Marketplace vendors, including Target and Toys "R" Us. We'd like to welcome you to our program, and offer you a $25 Amazon.com Gift Certificate for joining!
Here are the details:
1. Join our program and place any Amazon.com Associates link on your Web site
2. Reply to this email with the URL where your new link resides
3. Include your new Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com Gift Certificate
To increase your chances of selling "3rd party products", we encourage you to adopt one of our Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com Associates link on your Web site and generate five 3rd product sales by September 9. We'll send you a $25 Amazon.com Gift Certificate. It's that simple.
Join today and see what all the hype is really about!_ [IMAGE] _
The Associates Program Staff
Amazon.com Associates Program
_ http://www.amazon.com/associates _