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Old 04-17-1999, 05:45 AM   #2
Edwin
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Surely this is an *optional* service! If you don't want to use their free email service (and risk promoting their site without an affiliate code) then don't use it!

If you need a free email service, there are over 500 others to choose from, and my site lists them all.

If you don't need a free email service, then you have even less to worry about.

If you are worried that the free email will prove so popular that you will start to lose potential sales then A) Remember, there ARE over 500 free email services out there so one more won't change much B) Free email does not translate into huge numbers of extra visitors (many, many service operators have mailed me with such information) and C) Beyond.com is a business and has to make money. You can't expect it to simply sit on its hands vis a vis other promotional avenues simply because it does not want to put a dent in its affiliate program.

Face it, to date I do not believe there is a single site that puts its affiliate interests above its own. There will be soon, but that project is secret and I can't talk about it for a few weeks at least.

Edwin

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