EVERYONE is making money. -> The dude who gets his colon cleanse powder from china for pennies and markets it in the US as "#1 weight loss product". -> The CPA network, or whatever network this vendor is in. -> The affiliates. Why would a CPA network think they "need" to shave - do you really think they did not ALREADY do calculations beforehand - as any other business which sells something or provides a service? Cant we assume that if a network pays out $ for leads for some product, that they will have their payouts also strictly in relationship to their own earnings? They will get their cut, we get our cut as affiliates. The only reason i can even THINK of why it would be "necessary" to shave is if there is a high number of fraud - because then the real network earnings would be in no relationship to the payouts --> eg. higher affiliate payouts due to fraud while the real sales have not increased (which is basically a loss for the network) Correct me if i am wrong.