Amazon takes away affiliate fees for gift cards

Amazon takes away affiliate fees for gift cards

For years, I’ve been including this at the bottom of most of my posts:


This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.


Well, in a change to the publicly available

Associates Program Standard Fees Schedule

Amazon Gift Cards now earn a Fixed Standard Program of (drum roll)…zero percent.

Honestly, that’s disappointing. Buying a gift a card from a website and redeeming it yourself was an easy way to get some money to support someone or an organization.

It’s worth noting that we didn’t have

http://smile.amazon.com

years ago, which is another painless way to get some financial support to something. That one only works for non-profits, though: the gift card thing worked even for individual authors.

Oh, well…just wanted to let you know.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

2 Responses to “Amazon takes away affiliate fees for gift cards”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I wonder if this cut back is in any way related to the increase in the increase of their minimum wage?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      I don’t think their increase in minimum wage is going to affect other financial decisions all that much…but it’s possible. 🙂 I have seen payrolls cut to offset other losses (I think that’s an effective strategy much less often than many companies think…experienced, dedicated employees are extremely valuable. Of course, if they aren’t dedicated, you have another issue), but I think cost savings in other areas are done much less often to increase payroll.

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