Dear Mr Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com,
I have been an Amazon Associate since 1998.
I helped you earn your millions.
I helped you fund your space projects.
I helped become who you are today.
Yes, I am only a tiny “associate”of your giant organization.
I am just a little guy trying to make a living to feed my family.
Then you have to close my account because you found some links pasted in the wrong places.
I admit I may have used the affiliate link to recommend friends via email to buy the product from you only and no one else.
So I did wrong. That’s my bad.
But what about the hundreds of dollars of commission that I made through legitimate means.
What about them? Why are you keeping them?
I earned them. I made you rich.
I planned to spend the money to bring my family for a holiday.
But now the plan is dashed because you are not giving me whatever commission that is not paid out before the account closure.
Mr Jeff Bezos, sir. Your highness of the internet empire,
Please search your conscience.
You were once a small guy. Now that you are a huge figure, you have become the typical elitist.
I don’t want to use the word scam or con, but the money that I have earned legitimately should be given to me.
Why did you take away my little family holiday to fund your space project?
Your faithful former Amazon Associate since 1998
PS: Here’s the breakup letter, (no first or second warning. no second chance given)
On 24 May 2016 at 05:05, Amazon Associates <email@example.com> wrote:
We are writing to notify you that we are terminating the Amazon Associates Program Operating Agreement with you with immediate effect. Your Associates Program account will be closed and you will not receive further payment of advertising fees. We have taken this step because you are not in compliance with the Operating Agreement that governs your participation in the Associates Program.
You are not in compliance with the Linking Requirements because you are posting Special Links on third party web sites in violation of the terms and conditions applicable to those web sites.
You can find the complete terms of the Operating Agreement and its Schedules via this link: https://affiliate-program.
We insist that you immediately stop this activity and remove all Amazon content, including Special Links, from your site(s). Any other accounts you have or may open in the future may be closed and you will not receive any advertising fees. We reserve all other rights and claims we may have.
Here’s the page I check excitedly first thing every morning, but now has a big red warning signboard.
PS: Sidenote – I used Link Remover Lite plugin to remove all amazon affiliate links from my WordPress-powered site automatically.