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To the Reader Who Bought the $949.72 Acer Aspire 17.3-Inch Notebook Computer

Posted on | October 29, 2011 | 12 Comments

Thanks! My knowledge of computer hardware is so primitive I don’t know why this particular computer costs more than $900, but because you bought it through the Amazon Associates link here at the blog, I got a sweet 4% commission of $37.99.

We’re coming up on the end of the month, and one way readers can help support the blog is by shopping via our Amazon Associates links: Books, clothing, gourmet food, electronics — they sell everything at Amazon, and everything you buy through the links here kicks me a 4% commission. Somebody bought Bose QuietComfort noise-cancelling headphones for $349.95 (a $14 commission for me) and somebody else ordered a countertop combination microwave/conventional oven for $182.99, kicking me a $7.32 commission.

With just three purchases, then, these readers put $59.31 in my pockets. Although most purchases via our Amazon Associates links were much smaller, every little bit helps and it adds up. It doesn’t matter, by the way, what you buy: Click any Amazon link on the page, browse around, make your purchase and — as long as you reached Amazon through the link here — I get the 4% commission.

It takes a couple of months for the payments to go through, so I’m just now getting paid my commission on August sales. Therefore, with two days left in October, this is your last chance to make Amazon buys that will pay me a commission before the end of the year, when I’ll be out on the road covering the Iowa caucuses. We appreciate your patronage.



12 Responses to “To the Reader Who Bought the $949.72 Acer Aspire 17.3-Inch Notebook Computer”

  1. Zilla of the Resistance
    October 29th, 2011 @ 10:09 pm

    That’s awesome, cpongratulations & I also thank whoever bought that through your link. I’ve gotten less than a dollar from people shopping through my Amazon link for the entire year. But when I am able shop Amazon (I do loves me some Amazon when I’m not totally broke), I usually do it through your link or Pundette’s. 

  2. Erik McA
    October 29th, 2011 @ 11:35 pm


  3. Adjoran
    October 30th, 2011 @ 4:37 am

    Hold on a minute – where is this Amazon Associates link?  I don’t see it on Firefox.

    I’ve only put a couple small book orders in, but just did it from the site, not seeing any button or link.

  4. Erikmca
    October 30th, 2011 @ 5:26 am

    It’s the amazon commercial above the months on the right lower side of the blog.

  5. Animal
    October 30th, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    Thanks so much, Colorado, for deciding to tax online purchases so that Amazon shut down affiliates doing business in this state. 

  6. Anonymous
    October 30th, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    You have to turn off your ad-blocker to see the Amazon links.

  7. Anonymous
    October 30th, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

    Throw the bastards out!

  8. Animal
    October 30th, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    Workin’ on it.

  9. Erik McA
    October 30th, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    I’m in Colorado Springs and was able to purchase it through his link, or are you saying you can’t be an affiliate if you live in Colorado?

  10. Animal
    October 30th, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    The latter.  We can give commissions, but we can’t get them.  I had my Amazon affiliate account closed right after the Legislature passed that law.

  11. Adjoran
    October 30th, 2011 @ 3:17 pm


    Well, that’s pretty easy.

    Never mind.

  12. Adjoran
    October 30th, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    For Firefox users, the easiest thing is to use the Help menu – “Restart with add-ons disabled”  – don’t check any options to make permanent changes, just go with Safe Mode.

    This temporarily disables Ad-Block and allows you to see the Amazon ad.  Then the next time you restart your add-ons will be back as usual.