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To the Amazon Shopper Who Bought the 4,000-Watt 196cc Power Generator

Posted on | November 15, 2012 | 9 Comments

Thanks! You paid $429.99 for that Champion Power Equipment product via our Amazon Associates links, which provided me a $30.10 commission. Shopping at Amazon is a win-win, with low prices for readers and blog revenue to help keep things cranking here. Instapundit occasionally reminds his readers how this works:

InstaPundit is an Amazon affiliate. When you shop through the Amazon links on this page . . . you support this blog at no cost to yourself. It’s much appreciated when you do!

That pretty much sums it up, but from time to time I like to provide more specific examples — from the monthly sales report — of how this works: A reader bought a $179 Kindle, and I got a $12.53 commission. Another reader bought Adobe Premiere video-editing software for $84.99, and I got a $6.30 commission.



For more than a year, I’ve been trying to get some reader to buy a $20,000 diamond ring via Amazon, because if I could just sell one . . .

Well, no takers on that deal yet, but it’s coming up on the holidays, and so I’ll encourage you to shop our Amazon links for great bargains.



9 Responses to “To the Amazon Shopper Who Bought the 4,000-Watt 196cc Power Generator”

  1. GOPagan
    November 15th, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

    The downside, unfortunately, being that they’re probably someone in the northeast who’s in their third week of having no electricity due to Sandy. Thanks, FEMA and JCP&L.

    (I had to travel 2 hours one way to buy my generator at Sears; by the time I got home the power had been restored, but damned if I’m going to be put in that position again.)

  2. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    November 15th, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

    I bought a lot last year and credited it all to you, I did it through your Amazon links, never know if you get credit.

  3. JeffWeimer
    November 15th, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

    When I buy from Amazon, I always buy through you. Just bought about $150 bucks worth of stuff, so you should see about $10 or so coming your way soon.

  4. JeffS
    November 15th, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

    Remember to run the generator on a regular basis, including putting a load on it, like a space heater, to make sure it works. Just sitting there, unused, is a bad thing. I’ve seen big generators go ka-blooie under similar circumstances.

    Also……pick up some fuel additives, say, Star Tron. That damned ethanol in gasoline is bad for generators. And maybe a fuel stabilizer (like Sta Bil) so that any stored fuel doesn’t de-stabilize (gasoline has a definite shelf life, Hollywood apocalyptic movies to the contrary).

    For the same reason, run the generator dry. It makes starting the engine a pain, but better than having varnish in the fuel lines.

  5. sowsear1
    November 15th, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

    Better than a portable generator is a whole house generator which runs off of natural gas (or propane). Originally we had a portable but we hated having to buy and store gasoline. My son had a hard time finding gasoline when they lost power for 6 days during Sandy.

  6. JeffS
    November 16th, 2012 @ 12:06 am

    Agreed. But that takes a whole another level of planning and investment. I have a tri-fuel generator myself, just no way to get natural gas or propane to it.

  7. SDN
    November 16th, 2012 @ 4:46 am

    Couldn’t you at least hook up a propane tank for a gas grill to it? I’m looking for one of those because storing half a dozen propane tanks in the garage would be a lot safer than half a dozen 5 gallon cans of gasoline.

  8. JeffS
    November 16th, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    Most tri-fuel generators require a minimum pressure to operate properly. Mine takes at least a 100 pound LPG tank. I’ll probably pick up one up, if I can work around the logistics of storing that much LPG safely.

  9. Matthew W
    November 16th, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

    Man, I feel really bad !!!
    Bought $125 of Amazon stuff the other day and did not go through a page link !!

    Next time I will, I promise !!!