We're earning some commissions, but the
revenue stream was too small.
Investment of our time in other businesses was much more rewarding. So we
left our Amazon affiliate business to run on autopilot and devoted
After some time, as new technologies and services had emerged, we decided to
revisit our Amazon.com affiliated business and... we were surprised to
discover that our Amazon.com had been closed and the wallet with the
commissions earned emptied.
We were puzzled, but not for long. We thought some technical failure had
happened, and we just let it go.
In 2018, we decided to give our Amazon.com affiliate business another try.
We registered as an affiliate named "enjoy07", launched an online marketing
campaign and started earning commissions.
To our surprise, on Sep 14, 2018, we received a letter form Amazon
Associates <firstname.lastname@example.org>, saying, "We noticed that you are not
using tags associated with your store ID in any of the Amazon Special Links
you have created on your websites. As a result of this decision, we have
closed the account".... !!!... How come? The internal account monitor
at Amazon.com registered and displayed leads, sales and commission we
generated every day.
Initially, we hoped that was just a technical failure. We responded to that
e-mail instantly sending sufficient proofs that Amazon
Associated had made a wrong decision. No answer. Our account has been closed, our
earnings disappeared. That looked like a robbery, yet we refused to believe
that such an icon of corporate America would do such things. We sent another
message. No response again "within 24 hours" as promised at Amazon's
Apparently, what hoped to be a
mistake turned out to be a theft.
Is this the first
case of corporate kleptomania?
Or someone tries to destroy good reputation of Amazon.com
by having such ugly things done to their associates?
We'll probably know this some day.