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HOW MUCH?? Amazon US Payday for Non US Affiliates

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by Gamboloyd, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. Gamboloyd

    Gamboloyd Registered Member

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    Ok, for all you new affiliates waiting to get your pay from Amazon, I thought I would share my little story with you to prepare you if you don't already know.

    I live in Germany and sell Amazon in the US. I have just received my first check for $100 and was well chuffed. lots of experimenting and months later here it is :) BUT.......

    Happy as a pig in poo, I took it to my bank, Sparkasse. I expected to pay some fees and a reduced rate due to currency differences, but I nearly cried when I got the final amount.

    $100 converts to ?77 - not too bad

    ?77 gets reduced to ?44 :eek:, that's ?33 for handling. I know banks may vary, and would love some advice on how to save a few quid cos I nearly choked.

    I hope this prepares a few of you

    Be lucky
     
  2. GimmeMoney

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    Cashing international checks is a bitch but you should consider yourself lucky cause I had to pay $170 :eek: to cash my check from neverblue.
     
  3. jb1978

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    It reminds me of the time when i first got my cheque from google a couple of years. Make over a hundred bucks, however the handling fee is around $30 for my local bank. After factoring handling fees and conversion rates, i still get about a hundred bucks. Not too bad but sort of dampen my spirits then. ;)
     
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    i prefer GC for my payment option from amazon. it is suck to get payment by check in my country... to many fee i think...
     
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    just wanted to know how do Amazon pay Indian affiliates is it by only check or paypal or wire payments options are also available.
    plz let me know
     
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    Shop around, in Australia yo can expect to pay anywhere from $6 up to $20 for cashing an international cheque, plus some banks won't clear it until they hear back from the bank, which can be weeks. My own bank charges $10 and it clears instantly which is fine by me.
     
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    When I lived in South Africa, I was charged about $5 per check and they cleared right away (2-3 days). Back in Europe, I got hit with $20-22 per check and a month or more until I see the money...
     
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    Change your bank dude! The bank I use (only one in this city that pays for these checks) has a 0.2% fee or something like that. Unnoticeable.
     
  9. Hogare

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    I cash all my Amazon checks in Banca Intesa. They charge 2%. ;)I went to other banks to check them out and they wanted to charge additional transfer fees. It would have cost me half the amount of the check, just like in your case. So, since you're from Europe, Intesa all the way!
     
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    wont be so bad as the cheques increase!
     
  11. Gamboloyd

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    Thanks for the responses and will check out Intesa. Also wondering that, as my bank Sparkasse has an agreement with Bank of America and I can withdraw funds in the US from their machines, and vice-versa, with no charge, maybe I should ask a few questions and see if I can get some benefit from this agreement. Worth a phone call I think
     
  12. Isis

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    Can't you sell Amazon in your country or other affiliates?
     
  13. Gamboloyd

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    I do lots of countries, but the US is a big market and English is my native tongue so makes sense to advertise there, and also Amazon is very popular and trusted so people tend to buy without fear of being scammed. Just looking for a decent transfer rate for international cheques take get the most benefit :)
     
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    I think I am in the same boat - I live in Spain and have just reached the $100 threshold. Am thinking it might be worth upping my payment threshold to $500...am thinking we would still only pay around 35 euros handling but at least that is not such a big percentage.
     
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    Im a non USA resident and I change my commissions to gift card, then I sell some stuff on eBay using Amazon as a dropshipper (be sure to select the gift option at checkout) add your customer address as shipping address and you get the money at PayPal.
     
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  16. racerke21

    racerke21 Newbie

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    Wow, thanks for informing me, I'm waiting for my first pay from amazon, will have to check what my bank charges for this...
     
  17. produde

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    How do you guys even get commissions? People actually buy things off amazon from your site?
     
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    When you place amazon banner in your site. whatever product bought from people, you will get commission for that.
     
  19. Gamboloyd

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    Depends on the type of site. Banners, ad blocks, reviews with links, etc. The options are many, but of course, you have to get the traffic first though
     
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    So basically, someone has to go through your site and buy the product from the ad they click you earn something? I don't see why they wouldn't just go to the amazon site and search for the product there to buy it.