Amazon Affiliates - $25 cap off?

by GGpaul
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Hey, I was wondering is $25 the most you can make over an item? I noticed that someone had bought an item for $2,500 and I got $25 off of it. I know damn sure that's not 4 percent (referral rate from the start and it goes up) of $2,500.

Or does it just depend on the item?
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  • Profile picture of the author paulgl
    Was it an electronic item?

    I can't imagine anyone in 2012 spending $2500 on one electronic item,
    but I know electronics like PCs, laptops, etc. on amazon are capped at $25.

    Was the link a direct link? If so, it may be more prudent to advertise
    less expensive electronics, but $25 is not bad for one item.

    Paul
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    • Profile picture of the author GGpaul
      Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

      Was it an electronic item?

      I can't imagine anyone in 2012 spending $2500 on one electronic item,
      but I know electronics like PCs, laptops, etc. on amazon are capped at $25.

      Was the link a direct link? If so, it may be more prudent to advertise
      less expensive electronics, but $25 is not bad for one item.

      Paul

      Yeah it was a $2,500 electronic item. Crazy huh? Ah okay.
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    • Profile picture of the author vdek
      Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

      Was it an electronic item?

      I can't imagine anyone in 2012 spending $2500 on one electronic item,
      but I know electronics like PCs, laptops, etc. on amazon are capped at $25.
      You can't see someone buying a nice shiny new Macbook Pro?
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  • Profile picture of the author Cosmit
    i see no reason why there should be a cap on your commissions.. it would simply deter people from promoting anything over X amount.. in which case it's about $650
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  • Profile picture of the author GGpaul
    Yeah if that's the case, I'll just go for $600 products.

    Edit: It's definitely the electronics market. F this market. I'm going for somewhere else. Cause not only does it cap off, but EVERYONE goes for the electronics niche. On top of that, even if our referral rate goes up it still stays at 4 percent. Poop.
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    • Profile picture of the author simpleonline1234
      I know of my products if someone comes into Amazon through my link but then ventures off and buys a book on something like "How to do well after Prison" my commission by much less on item because it wasn't a direct link.

      I'm out of that biz now so my product was dog ramps. How that person ended up on that book is beyond me.

      Haha...but I thought that I'd share since some of my payouts are smaller.
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      • Profile picture of the author GGpaul
        it is a direct link. The $2,500 item

        Originally Posted by simpleonline1234 View Post

        I know of my products if someone comes into Amazon through my link but then ventures off and buys a book on something like "How to do well after Prison" my commission by much less on item because it wasn't a direct link.

        I'm out of that biz now so my product was dog ramps. How that person ended up on that book is beyond me.

        Haha...but I thought that I'd share since some of my payouts are smaller.
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      • Profile picture of the author TuNguyen
        You get a reduction in comission if its not a direct link purchase???

        Originally Posted by simpleonline1234 View Post

        I know of my products if someone comes into Amazon through my link but then ventures off and buys a book on something like "How to do well after Prison" my commission by much less on item because it wasn't a direct link.

        I'm out of that biz now so my product was dog ramps. How that person ended up on that book is beyond me.

        Haha...but I thought that I'd share since some of my payouts are smaller.
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  • Profile picture of the author Norrth
    As you've figured out, stay away from electronics. You'll also notice a MUCH higher rate of returned merchandise there as well.

    There's such a diverse selection of products on Amazon, get creative, and specialize.
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    • Profile picture of the author GGpaul
      Originally Posted by Norrth View Post

      As you've figured out, stay away from electronics. You'll also notice a MUCH higher rate of returned merchandise there as well.

      There's such a diverse selection of products on Amazon, get creative, and specialize.
      this is ONE of my sites that I first started that I no longer focus on cause everyone started "lurking" and finding out what I do.
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    • Profile picture of the author GGpaul
      Originally Posted by RyanEagle View Post

      Yep, there are far better markets than electronics, which we tend to learn the hard way.
      At least I profited as much as I can. Moving on to new adventures! =D. This one can be my lil passive income. But there's just a far greater market.

      Lesson learned from this damn forum. Don't spill the beans (learned the hard way). Everyone and their dogs, cats, mommas, daddas, boyfriend, girlfriend will copy the same exact strategy that you do. Soon enough you go on Google and you see 10325892359328 other sites that are the same exact as yours. Same theme, content, everything. And then the competition gets crazier, and then Google will see how shitty these sites are. Good game folks. Good game.
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      • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
        Originally Posted by GGpaul View Post

        At least I profited as much as I can. Moving on to new adventures! =D. This one can be my lil passive income. But there's just a far greater market.

        Lesson learned from this damn forum. Don't spill the beans (learned the hard way). Everyone and their dogs, cats, mommas, daddas, boyfriend, girlfriend will copy the same exact strategy that you do. Soon enough you go on Google and you see 10325892359328 other sites that are the same exact as yours. Same theme, content, everything. And then the competition gets crazier, and then Google will see how shitty these sites are. Good game folks. Good game.
        This is why successful people don't give specifics.

        I've heard of this happening a lot: Someone sells a successful niche website on Flippa or elsewhere (complete with details of traffic and profitability), and overnight 20 copies of the same website pop up.

        I think there are people who make their living just making copies of others' websites. I've personally seen a successful friend of mine get her entire website copied by someone who paraphrased literally every sentence of every article. The site got to the 2nd page of Google for a very competitive term before my friend got it removed for copyright violations.
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  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    Recently Amazon changed office supplies to a capped 4% also even though that isn't an electronics category. There was discussion about it on the Amazon forum. It doesn't look good for affiliates, it seems they are changing more categories to lower %.
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    • Profile picture of the author GGpaul
      Originally Posted by cooler1 View Post

      Recently Amazon changed office supplies to a capped 4% also even though that isn't an electronics category. There was discussion about it on the Amazon forum. It doesn't look good for affiliates, it seems they are changing more categories to lower %.
      Either or, the key is to always expand. And not just Amazon .
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  • Profile picture of the author Dead Body
    They are 1% and we are 99% so we should resist or do whatever they think so...
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    • Profile picture of the author GGpaul
      Originally Posted by Dead Body View Post

      They are 1% and we are 99% so we should resist or do whatever they think so...

      ??????? what?
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  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    Are there any good alternatives to Amazon for promoting electronics which don't have a cap? How about CJ? Although the conversion rate isn't as good as Amazon, they have a longer cookie period plus maybe no commision cap so it might be a better option for electronics.
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    • Profile picture of the author GGpaul
      Originally Posted by cooler1 View Post

      Are there any good alternatives to Amazon for promoting electronics which don't have a cap? How about CJ? Although the conversion rate isn't as good as Amazon, they have a longer cookie period plus maybe no commision cap so it might be a better option for electronics.
      Not sure bro. I think I'm just at the verge to sell myself. That sounds wrong by all means. Let me rephrase that. Brand my name lol. Offer one on one coaching etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stevie C
    Maybe it was a used version of the product or a third party seller selling at a discount?
    There is no cap on Amazon.com products as far as I'm aware I've sold a number of 3d TV's where I get a $50+ commission.
    I don't agree with the comments regarding electronics, TV's are great for selling multiple products, a fair few buyers purchase the TV, a stand and the warranty, sometimes home theaters and DVD players as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author GGpaul
      Originally Posted by Larry Darrell View Post

      Maybe it was a used version of the product or a third party seller selling at a discount?
      There is no cap on Amazon.com products as far as I'm aware I've sold a number of 3d TV's where I get a $50+ commission.
      I don't agree with the comments regarding electronics, TV's are great for selling multiple products, a fair few buyers purchase the TV, a stand and the warranty, sometimes home theaters and DVD players as well.
      I agree that TV's are great, etc. etc. But what I'm saying is that it's starting to become saturated.

      I would rather get into something where not a lot of people are tapped into that niche/market and profit from there.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      Originally Posted by Larry Darrell View Post

      There is no cap on Amazon.com products as far as I'm aware I've sold a number of 3d TV's where I get a $50+ commission.
      I don't agree with the comments regarding electronics, TV's are great for selling multiple products, a fair few buyers purchase the TV, a stand and the warranty, sometimes home theaters and DVD players as well.
      Amazon has caps on a few things. I said electronics, but was
      talking about PC-related--tablets, laptops, desktops, etc. Those are
      capped at $25.

      I don't think it is easier to sell a $650 item than a $2500 item,
      or $650 non computer stuff as opposed to one $2500 computer.

      This is a cap, not a minimum. So a $400 computer, at just one item
      overall, would be $16.

      $25, one sale, is actually not bad.

      Paul
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      • Profile picture of the author ormes21
        Yep I learned about the $25 cap too, selling laptops on amazon.
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        • Profile picture of the author Robaski
          GGpaul: This is weird, I recently sold an electronics product and my commission over this product was well over 25 dollars. There must be something wrong here, and I would guess your customer bought second hand or from a third party maybe?. Did you try to contact amazon and ask for an explanation? Thats what I do in these cases.
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  • Profile picture of the author Elfen Lied
    $5 still applies to AU delivery address. I just tried. Thanks OP
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  • Profile picture of the author Manoj V
    Originally Posted by GGpaul View Post

    Hey, I was wondering is $25 the most you can make over an item? I noticed that someone had bought an item for $2,500 and I got $25 off of it. I know damn sure that's not 4 percent (referral rate from the start and it goes up) of $2,500.

    Or does it just depend on the item?
    If you are an Amazon affiliate, it is important that you become familiar with the commission structure first besides knowing the TOS.

    Here is the link to the Compensation Overview:

    https://affiliate-program.amazon.com...pensation.html

    ...and here is the clause which states the cap of $25:

    "Caps: Personal computers (including without limitation desktops, laptops, notebooks, tablets, and netbooks) have advertising fees capped at $25, and Amazon Instant Video as well as Amazon MP3 products are capped at $1.50 per item."
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    • Profile picture of the author GGpaul
      Originally Posted by Max P View Post

      If you are an Amazon affiliate, it is important that you become familiar with the commission structure first besides knowing the TOS.

      Here is the link to the Compensation Overview:

      https://affiliate-program.amazon.com...pensation.html

      ...and here is the clause which states the cap of $25:

      "Caps: Personal computers (including without limitation desktops, laptops, notebooks, tablets, and netbooks) have advertising fees capped at $25, and Amazon Instant Video as well as Amazon MP3 products are capped at $1.50 per item."
      At the end of the day, $25 is better than nothing. I was just curious. I won't dwell on it. I'll just stay on the grind.

      Thanks for the info though.
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  • Profile picture of the author normahl
    You guys are funny. In germany ALL items are capped to 10€
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    • Profile picture of the author GGpaul
      Originally Posted by normahl View Post

      You guys are funny. In germany ALL items are capped to 10€
      . I haven't talked to you in a while! I hope all is well!
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      • Profile picture of the author normahl
        Yepp :-) My Amazon sites are getting traffic but have problems converting them/high bouncerate
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