Bad Amazon Commission Structure

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Hi Guys!

In Italy there is "a new commision structure" for amazon affiliates!

We have a 5% rate for Electr. Products (Hard disk, reflex.. ecc) and 10% for other products BUT there is a limit of € 10 EUROS OF COMMISSIONS!!! (12,90 dollars!!).

I am selling 400 euros products for 10 euros :S

What is the commission structure in Amazon US??
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  • Profile picture of the author yaheem
    It's 8% for the main store and 15% with Endless. I believe it's the same in the US and in some other places as I hear from my friends.

    I don't think Amazon people are stupid enough to kill their associate program by themselves, are you sure there is no misunderstanding? This limit thing is a good reason not to bother wasting your time promoting their products, let them do it themselves!
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    • Profile picture of the author payment proof
      Wow, that is a very limited comission structure in Italy. Sorry ITmarck.
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    • Profile picture of the author ITmarck
      I created some niche website and in the 2012 they introduced this new commission structure.

      I was starting to earn good money with amazon
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  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    That is a really odd limit.

    The US AA program has no limit. It starts from 4% then goes upto 8.50% depending on the number of items sold.
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  • Profile picture of the author ITmarck
    I think that I will continue to sell only on 80-100 € product!
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  • Profile picture of the author echelon
    Why do they do this? One of the way to try to go around low commission is to take a high priced item, but with what you said, it is not really motivating.
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    • Profile picture of the author ITmarck
      Because I am in Italy!

      Do you know Sergio Marchionne? It's the same logic for every big company in Italy.. they'll use you and make great money and you will receive the bare minimum.

      Do you know Zanox or Tradedoubler? They provide something like 1 euro for every signup on a dating website such as Badoo (only ONE example)!
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  • Profile picture of the author rprost
    I believe they do the same thing for the UK site, it may just be a matter of time before all Amazon sites put a cap on commissions.
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    • Profile picture of the author cooler1
      Originally Posted by rprost View Post

      I believe they do the same thing for the UK site, it may just be a matter of time before all Amazon sites put a cap on commissions.
      I think the UK site has a $25 cap. I suppose for most products that isn't a problem, but there wouldn't be any point promoting anything high-ticket.

      It's a worrying sign. Why do some Amazon countries have this cap?? Lots of people will leave the affilliate program for good if they do this with the US AA also.
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      • Profile picture of the author thedog
        That sucks big time! especially if your specializing in high end products....

        Well... not much you can do I guess
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        • Profile picture of the author nik0
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          Yes the European Amazon's suck bigtime. And when you want to affiliate for Amazon US you have the problem that you can only get paid by cheque or giftcards. In many european country's it's immens expensive to cash a cheque so you would need a US bank account or some internet solution. I beleive Citibank has the option to open a US bank account but they are in the UK.
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          • Profile picture of the author phans
            it's the same situation in germany 10€ cap...
            well it makes products for more than 100€ uninteresting but for products in the 50€-100€ range there is no drawback so as long as you focus on this price range you should be fine
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            • Profile picture of the author rprost
              Originally Posted by phans View Post

              it's the same situation in germany 10€ cap...
              well it makes products for more than 100€ uninteresting but for products in the 50€-100€ range there is no drawback so as long as you focus on this price range you should be fine

              Can you make any real money by focusing only on products with low prices, it hardly seems worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author zaco
    Why are you selling products for Amazon italy? sell for Amazon.com, I think you can promote products to the American buyers , they will mail you the check..not sure if they have restrictions tho
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    • Profile picture of the author ITmarck
      I just sold some tv led (500 euro product) :@
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  • Profile picture of the author marco005
    Hi,

    I live in europe too and I will only promote US traffic also for the amazon US affiliate program, so I have not hese limited commission caps.

    Why amazon does make like an "cold war"to us european affiiliates, they must wait for cheque or becomes verylow capped limited commissions? They hate the european?

    I don't now.

    I think in the amazon US program are only the electronic category limited to a 4% commission, others like carpet cleaners, or toothbrushers are not limited on 4% commission?

    best wishes
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  • Profile picture of the author RedJohn473
    Argh thats really poor dude!
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