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Old 11-14-2001, 02:32 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Linkshare Premium Merchants

Based on Linkshare defined criteria, this affiliate network places a red star next to qualifying merchants.

From Linkshare web site:

A Premium Partner is a merchant program that:
Uses LinkShare's check-cutting service.
Pays affiliates on a monthly basis.
Pays affiliates based on a maximum $25 threshold.
Prompt authorization of affiliate payments so affiliates are paid at the end of the following month.
Seven or more return days (does not apply to merchants with pay per click programs).
Has supplied valid and complete contact information in their profile.
Active and in good standing.

Call me ignorant, but I would like to know:

* how can a merchant that pays on a quarterly basis be called Premium Merchant by Linkshare
* how can a merchant that has never paid its affiliates since the launch of their program be called a Premium Merchant
* how can a merchant that pays 3 months late be called a Premium Merchant
* how can a merchant that is about to file for bankruptcy be called a merchant in good standing, thus a Premium Merchant?

Just wondering...
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Old 11-14-2001, 09:28 PM   #2
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007, are you referring to any merchant(s) in particular?
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Old 11-15-2001, 06:02 PM   #3
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Czar,
Yes, I was referring to one merchant in particular: Dialpad. According to Linkshare Merchant Payment History (which was only made available this week for this merchant), they have never sent a payment since the launch of their program in May. Furthermore, this merchant will be shutting down (the whole company, not just the affiliate program), so it seems that we will not get paid.
The problem is that when I checked other 'Premium Merchants' I found out that many pay late, and that many don't even pay monthly (as required) but actually pay quarterly. One of those merchants is Giftcertificates.com
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Old 11-17-2001, 09:16 AM   #4
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How convenient: Dialpad is no longer a 'Premium Merchant'...
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Old 12-27-2001, 05:29 PM   #5
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Angry update

Discontinued Merchant Programs (More Info)

Merchant Name Date Ended Merchant Contact
{***Dialpad Communications, Inc. 02-JAN-02 affiliates@dialpad.com


(Note: Merchant programs listed as Discontinued will only remain on this page for 30 days. Merchant programs no longer available will also be identified with "{***" in your Reporting and Account sections.)
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Old 01-19-2002, 08:06 AM   #6
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Dialpad has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

Another Linkshare merchant that will not be paying...
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