[thechat] Book list was: baby names

martin.p.burns at uk.pwcglobal.com martin.p.burns at uk.pwcglobal.com
Mon Apr 9 09:39:59 CDT 2001

Memo from Martin P Burns of PricewaterhouseCoopers

-------------------- Start of message text --------------------

It's actually easier than that.

First you need the Associates' Tag for the account. Mine is martin043

Then go to the page of the Amazon product eg:

Let's dissect this. Most of this is pseudo-directory stuff - passing
parameters to the system using slashes as the delimiter. Actually
the real executable file is probably:

ASIN denotes the Amazon catalogue. It's actually very, very similar
to ISBN (identical for books)

0385426259 is the catalogue number (it's also the ISBN without the
dashes) - Amazon uses the same catalogue for .com and .co.uk
(and I imagine everywhere else). If you get a 'no such item' page,
it means that Amazon don't sell that item from that site.

026-3078728-0357221 is session info

So the important bit is everything up to the ref to the specific product:

If you hit return now, you'll get all the session stuff back, so don't
do that. All you have to do to get purchases credited to an Associate
is add their id tag like so:


So go to that URL (the system will then add all the session info) and
if you buy that item, I'll get a (very small) commission.

I don't know if Associates work across national sites the way that
catalogues do, so we may be restricted to commission from the .com

The other thing is that the Associates' agreement is quite sniffy about
who gets to be an associate. While you can play this game with any
item once you have a tag, you have to tell them that you will be making
recommendation links from a web page (not email), and supply the
site's URL. You also have to agree not to have links to a competitor
on that page (so you couldn't do "buy it at _Amazon_ ($10), _B&N_
($9.50) or _FatBrain_ ($10.50)").

How much they check these things, I don't know.


Please respond to thechat at lists.evolt.org

Sent by:  thechat-admin at lists.evolt.org

To:   "'thechat at lists.evolt.org'" <thechat at lists.evolt.org>

Subject:  RE: [thechat] Book list was: baby names

I think I'm hearing that we need one of the admins to set up an account at
Amazon ... and then write a (CF?  PHP?  Perl?) form that lets us input an
Amazon book reference and then generates a link to the Amazon book through
the 'evolt account' so that evolt gets a few pennies when we buy books and
music through Amazon?

--------------------- End of message text --------------------

The principal place of business of PricewaterhouseCoopers and its associate
partnerships is 1 Embankment Place, London WC2N 6NN where lists of the
partners' names are available for inspection. All partners in the associate
partnerships are authorised to conduct business as agents of, and all
contracts for services to clients are with, PricewaterhouseCoopers. The UK
firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers is authorised by the Institute of Chartered
Accountants in England and Wales to carry on investment business.
PricewaterhouseCoopers is a member of the world-wide
PricewaterhouseCoopers organisation.
The information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity to
which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged
material.  Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or
taking of any action in reliance upon, this information by persons or
entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited.   If you received
this in error, please contact the sender and delete the material from any

More information about the thechat mailing list