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All About TVWB & Amazon.com

Originally posted: 05/28/2008
Last updated: 10/15/2013

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What Is The Relationship Between TVWB & Amazon?

The Virtual Weber Bullet is a member of the Amazon.com Associates Program. Using the Amazon links on TVWB for all your Amazon shopping generates a referral fee that helps offset the cost of publishing TVWB.

Does Everything I Buy At Amazon Help Support TVWB?

Yes. Everything you purchase at Amazon.com—books, movies, music, games, computers, electronics, home & garden, groceries, toys, apparel, tools, and even gift certificates—helps support TVWB.

How Can I Make Sure TVWB Gets Credit For My Amazon Purchases?

You must start your shopping at Amazon.com by using one of the Amazon links on these pages:

All items added to your shopping cart during the next 24 hours will be credited to TVWB.

If you leave Amazon without completing the checkout process, make sure to re-enter Amazon using one of the links on TVWB. This starts a new 24-hour clock and ensures that any additional items added to your shopping cart will be credited to TVWB.

You must complete the Amazon checkout process before your shopping cart expires—usually within 90 days. TVWB gets the referral fee for your purchases after you go through the checkout process, accept delivery of your items, and pay Amazon in full.

Unfortunately, there's no way to check your order to verify that TVWB got credit for your purchases. Rest assured that as long as you enter Amazon using a link on TVWB, the website will be properly credited.

The TVWB Associates Code Disappeared From The Amazon URL. Is This A Problem?

When you click an Amazon link on TVWB, you may notice the TVWB associates code "thevirtualweberb" or "tvwb-20" in the Amazon page URL. For example, it may look something like this:

http://www.amazon.com/?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0&link_code=hom&tag=thevirtualweberb

As you start shopping around Amazon, that associates code will disappear from the page URLs. But don't worry—as long as you entered Amazon using a link on TVWB, the website will get credit for all of your purchases.

What Common Mistakes Prevent TVWB From Getting Credit?

Mistake #1: You add items to your Amazon shopping cart first, then go to back to TVWB and click one of the Amazon links.

TVWB gets no credit for your purchases in this case. You must always enter Amazon.com using one of the links on TVWB before adding items to your shopping cart.

Solution: Delete the items from your shopping cart, go to TVWB and click one of the Amazon links, then add the items back to your shopping cart. TVWB now gets credit for your purchases.

Mistake #2: On Monday you use an Amazon link on TVWB to add items to your shopping cart, but you leave Amazon without checking out. You return on Friday by typing "www.amazon.com" and add more items to your shopping cart.

TVWB only gets credit for the items on Monday, not the items on Friday.

Solution: Always make sure to re-enter Amazon using one of the links on TVWB before adding items to your shopping cart.

Mistake #3: On Tuesday you use the Amazon link on TVWB to add items to your shopping cart, but you leave Amazon without checking out. You return on Saturday using an Amazon link from a website other than TVWB and add more items to your shopping cart.

TVWB only gets credit for the items on Tuesday, not the items on Saturday.

Solution: Always make sure to re-enter Amazon using one of the links on TVWB before adding items to your shopping cart.

Mistake #4: Someone pastes an Amazon link into a discussion forum post. You click the link and add items to your shopping cart.

TVWB does not get credit for your purchase because the Amazon link did not contain the TVWB associates code.

Solution: Click one of the Amazon links on TVWB first, then click the link in the forum post and add items to your shopping cart. TVWB gets credit for all items added to your cart during the next 24 hours.

Can I Save TVWB's Amazon Link To My Browser Favorites?

Great idea! Just start all your Amazon.com shopping by clicking this link in your browser favorites and TVWB will get credit for all your purchases, every time!

If you're using the Internet Explorer browser, click this link to add TVWB's Amazon.com link to your Favorites list:

Add TVWB's Amazon.com link to IE Favorites

Otherwise, right-click this link and click "Add to Favorites" or "Bookmark this link":

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect-home/thevirtualweberb

Can TVWB See What I'm Purchasing?

No. TVWB can see what items are being purchased, but not who is purchasing them.

 

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