Let Amazon Know You're Unhappy With Their Associates Program

Last Update: June 16, 2020

Today Amazon sent out an email with a survey so they call collect feedback from affiliates in their Associate program.

If you're an Amazon Associate then you should have gotten the email in your inbox around 2pm EST.

This is one survey that you should probably take if you're like me and you're displeased with the recent commission rate cuts.

It shouldn't take you more than 5 minutes to complete and you have the option to do it anonymously.

Make sure that you voice your dissatisfaction with the program. I encourage all Amazon affiliates to take the survey. I'm not sure if they'll do something about the rates but it doesn't hurt to let them know that this is something that you're not happy with.

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wendyg53 Premium
What Amazon apparently forgot is that many of their affiliates are also customers. I used to buy a lot on Amazon, and now, for products I buy monthly, I switched to buying directly from the vendors and just cut Amazon out of the picture. It's a win-win for the smaller companies, and for me, because the prices are lower when you cut Amazon out of the picture.

I'm sure they didn't think it through. But it doesn't matter. What they did with their commissions was crappy and generated a lot of bad feelings with the people who had a relationship with them. They are not the only game in town, so they can stick that on their survey. LOL.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
A lot of the products you find on Amazon are sold by vendors who also have their own websites even the big brands so I've started to link to those store whereever possible if they also have affiliate programs.

Amazon doesn't seem to care very much about affiliates because they think that customers will find them no matter what. Being a customer especially if you have Prime might have benefits but probably only if you shop a lot. Makes sense to just support the smaller stores when you can.
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JohnnyMark1 Premium Plus
Amazon's policy change of reducing referral commissions to low percentages, all the way down to 0%, and the subsequent abandoning of Amazon by droves of affiliates must have them startled! Well, GOOD! Serves them right. Why else would they send this survey out to affiliates. Personally, I've been working at redirecting my links to sources other than Amazon, but it's a slow process.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Thought the same thing too. They're listening to the conversation but will they react? Its up to affiliates now to make their voices heard.
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It surprises me that Amazon would even want a survey from Associates. What they did must have somehow backfired in some unforeseen way. Perhaps they don't want to lose overall popularity and is a ploy to make the public think they actually care. Hope it's for the best. I likely won't get an email because I stopped doing that a long time ago.

Hope you are doing well and staying safe.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
I dont know whats up but I deleted the email at first then figured the better thing to do was let them know that i was disatisfied with the program. The very first question was on a scale of 1 to 10 how likely are you to tell a friend or family about Amazon Associates program. In other word how likely am I to recommend someone else use the program. I put it at a 4.
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To me, that first question (and the email itself) is a cold slap in the face. My answers would of course be low values, because without warning, the slashing the kickbacks on every category. The system itself works very well deserves high ratings but of course, the current pay-outs themselves do not.

I found after looking into this, that they dropped me from their roster. I have never, to my knowledge gotten any warnings but that's okay. I didn't tell them I was going to stop either.

That really takes guts for Amazon to send emails out to the very people whose businesses they had, just overnight, put through the meat grinder. They must know they're going to get low ratings in that survey.

I wager a LOT of people learned not to put their eggs in one basket if anything good should come out of this.
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Linda103 Premium
Will look out for it, thank you Jay. Perhaps it will be later in the UK.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Did they cut commissions for the UK affiliate program too? I'm not sure how that works since I only really use the US program so I'm not sure how that affects other Amazon programs.
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Linda103 Premium
Yes they did, drastically. It has put me right off them. I am changing links over now and don't buy as much from them now. They are a waste of time and effort.
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Jenny28 Premium
Hopefully with many complaints about the commission slashes they will take notice and do something. Thanks for informing us.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Hopefully.
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