I had an excerpt from a book on this page, with a link to it on Amazon.com. I've been an affiliate with Amazon for several years. At first I received a small check most quarters, but that had virtually stopped. Caught between illness, deaths in the family, hubby's complicated surgery and recovery, two summers of hurricanes, and much more, I didn't have time to look into this lack of compensation until this week.
Suppose that Fuller Brush, Tupperware, Avon or Watkins insisted that I could not order products for my own use; I had to order with no discount from the home site or someone else's website. I'd think the management had lost their minds! But that's what Amazon has done.
Since hubby had cut back severely on his driving 2 1/2 years ago, and has not driven at all in 2006, I've use mail order more than usual, plus granddaughter ordered many of her college textbooks on Amazon. Believe it or not, I just found out that if I click into Amazon from my own website (and it's easiest that way since I frequently have it up) I am penalized, reducing my commission to a bare pittance!
I was never notified of this; I'm not saying Amazon didn't send a notice, but I didn't get it, and it's not apparent on their website for affiliates. I consider this a bad business practice, personally, and don't want to be associated with it.
Not only that, we are discussing a pittance as Amazon pays just a teensy percentage of sales, while the many companies under most circumstances pay from 25% to 46% depending on sales and company. So you know where to go if you wish to become a rep or an affiliate, or just buy wholesale!
I can no longer find anything on Amazon's site about this policy - and I don't know if it is in effect. While I'm annoyed at some aspects of doing business, let me say I still buy from Amazon frequently and cannot fault their sales policies in any way.