Amazon is Cutting Affiliate Fees Next Week

I haven’t gotten the announcement email yet, but CNBC has reported, and I have confirmed on Amazon’s affiliate site, that Amazon is cutting the fees it is paying for referrals from websites in Amazon’s affiliate program.

The rates will change on 21 April, and the affected product categories are:

category old rate new
Furniture, Home, Home Improvement, Lawn & Garden, Pets Products, Pantry 8.00% 3.00%
Headphones, Beauty, Musical Instruments, Business & Industrial Supplies 6.00% 3.00%
Outdoors, Tools 5.50% 3.00%
Grocery 5.00% 1.00%
Sports 4.50% 3.00%
Baby Products 4.5.00% 3.00%
Health & Personal Care 4.50% 1.00%
Amazon Fresh 3.00% 1.00%

You can find the old rates here.

Here’s what reportedly what Amazon said in the email.

Hello Associate,

We hope you are staying well during this time. We are writing to inform you of upcoming changes to the Amazon Associates Program Operating Agreement, which governs your participation in the Amazon Associates Program. All changes are effective as of April 21, 2020.

Visit the What’s Changed page to see a summary of these changes. You can also find the Operating Agreement, Program Policies, and the Fee Statement if you would like to refer to the current, pre-change versions.

The Amazon Associates Program

image by Kurayba via Flickr

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  1. Web14 April, 2020

    As small businesses all over the country get crushed out of existence, Bezos take the opportunity to crap on all the folks who helped him to the top. What a guy.

  2. Allen F15 April, 2020

    I do love the double standards where it’s okay for everybody and their dog to do something – but not for Amazon to do it as well.

    Trump didn’t like Amazon using the same USPS rates as all the other big shippers – while the USPS loved getting extra cash to drive to/past every mailbox they need to hit anyway. To please poor Trump Amazon now has a lot more delivery vans. And now that there are more online orders than ever the USPS is hurting because they aren’t getting a bigger piece of it (something about ads/junk mail drying up a bit ..)

    And has no one else heard that advertising dollars are getting cut back everywhere? But it seems it’s only news – and bad – when Amazon does it.

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  4. X-advertiser22 April, 2020


    You’ve got to be kidding! Going from 4.5 and 5 percent to 1 percent just put many advertisers out of business. These are not reasonable cuts.

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