Hi WA fam,

Question to Amazon Associates:

Do you get paid for Amazon "pre-order" items?

The thing is that I wrote an article on something that was JUST announced (and will be released later this month), I still included the "pre-order" link within that article.

Today I see that among the ordered items was that "pre-order" item.

Does this mean I still get paid? (Given that the product will be released later this month and I have a 24-hour cookie for Amazon). See, it's my assumption that they just added it to their cart but didn't actually make the payment.

Do have experience to share or will I have to wait until September 20, 2018 to see for myself? :D

Thank you in advance!!

- Zarina

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lesabre Premium
Hi Zarina, you should get your commission regardless.
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Zarina Premium
Moritz below said that if they paid for this item, then I should get commissions. I just thought that the item was just added to the cart at this point.
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HuyNLe1989 Premium
Amazon doesn’t charge the customer until the item gets shipped out so it only makes sense that you get paid when the customer is charged.
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Zarina Premium
Moritz in the comment below said that they already paid for the pre-order item (I thought it's only been added to the cart at this point). That's why I was a little confused.
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HuyNLe1989 Premium
In my experience pre ordering items from Amazon the money never leaves me account until the order gets shipped out. Even if I have already finalized my order and “paid”.
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Zarina Premium
Frankly, I got confused by your messages. Are you saying that in my case, I will be paid commissions or not? (Even if the item gets delivered weeks later).

For what it's worth: I am an Amazon Associate, don't hold actual physical products.
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HuyNLe1989 Premium
You will get your commission but not until that order is sent out. Just keep an eye on it until around the time the item gets released.
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Zarina Premium
Thanks for confirming!
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MoritzS Premium
Hi.
I sold a pre ordered book before and got the commission after it was shipped a few weeks later.
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Zarina Premium
So basically they ordered, it was sitting in their cart and then once shipped you got commissions? If I am not mistaken, it also might change if that person adds something else to their cart and my link won't be the last one. (Therefore, I might not get commissions).
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MoritzS Premium
It won't sit in their cart as they already paid for it.
It will be under their pre ordered items.

Only if they cancel the pre order will you not get a commission. But that's also the case if someone sends a bought item back and gets a refund.
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Zarina Premium
Ah, they usually pay for it right away? I thought the item usually just gets added to their cart. If they made a payment already, then it does make sense to get commissions, even if it's weeks later. Thank you very much, Moritz!
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Zarina Premium
Apparently, people get charged when the item is read for shipment, not right away:
https://www.quora.com/If-you-pre-order-an-item-on-Amazon-does-your-credit-card-get-charged-right-away-or-once-the-item-is-actually-shipped

"Customer is only charged when their order ships out from fulfillment center."

This means I will get my commissions but only a few weeks from now, when the item is ready for public release, correct?
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MoritzS Premium
As long as he doesn't cancel his pre order you will get your commission.
No matter when he gets charged.
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Zarina Premium
Thanks for confirming :)
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Marlinda1 Premium
You get paid when the order gets shipped.

On this subject, you don't get paid for flash sales. I've lost a few sales like this, grrr!!! lol.

Hope this helps :)
Marlinda
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Zarina Premium
I was JUST typing on your post (with a question in case you know) and then I see your comment lol

Just to clarify, is flash sale a pre-order item sale?

Thanks for your comment!!
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j52powell Premium
Good question!
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Zarina Premium
Still no answer though :(
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