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Amazon Associates FAQ

How does this work?

After clicking on the appropriate link, you will be asked to sign into your Amazon account. Amazon keeps track of how you got to their website so they can give appropriate credit. Once you are in your account, you have access to your saved items, profile, and even Prime shipping service.

How are fees calculated in the Performance Fee Structure?

The Performance plan allows you to earn higher referral fees as you increase the number of shipped items generated through your links. You earn a referral rate from 4% to 15% on items shipped by Amazon or third-party sellers in the following categories:
  • Amazon Video on Demand
  • Apparel & Accessories
  • Automotive
  • Baby
  • Beauty
  • Books
  • Camera & Photo (Consumer Electronics referral-fee rates)
  • Cell Phones & Service (phones only, not plans)
  • Computers
  • DVD
  • Electronics (Consumer Electronics referral-fee rates)
  • Gourmet Food
  • Grocery
  • Health & Personal Care
  • Home & Garden
  • Jewelry & Watches
  • Kitchen & Housewares
  • Magazine & Newspaper Subscriptions
  • Music
  • Musical Instruments
  • Pet Supplies
  • Software
  • Sports & Outdoors
  • Tools & Hardware
  • Toys & Games
  • Video
  • Video Games
Both Amazon and third-party items count toward your total shipped items, which determines your referral rate. As you move from one level to the next, the referral rate in the new, higher level will be applied to all items shipped during the month. For example, if you refer 100 shipped items in a given month, you will be in the third level and earn 6.50% on all general products and flat fees on other product categories (e.g., 4.00% on CE Products), whether shipped or sold by Amazon or a third party, shipped during that month (subject to any caps set forth in the Operating Agreement).
Here is a chart detailing the referral rates in the Performance structure:
Referral Rates
Caps: Personal computers (both desktops and laptops) have referral fees capped at $25, and Amazon Video On Demand as well as Amazonmp3 products are capped at $1.50 per item.
Additional exclusions may apply. See the Operating Agreement for details.