Apparently Amazon is making enough money that they don’t need help from anyone else to promote their products. Either that or they really don’t give a damn about anyone else which is more likely the case. Since 2009, I have been using the Amazon Associates program to monetize some of the websites that I own and operate, including this one. As an example, on this very site, I have written numerous reviews of products and always make sure to include links to my Amazon Affiliate account whenever I write those reviews. I have also written guest posts for several other websites where I review different products and, of course, link to those products on Amazon so that I get paid for purchases made from people clicking on those links.
About a month ago, I decided on a personal challenge of creating 100 Android apps by the end of this year. So, I started churning out code as fast as I can. Before I started, I created a list of apps that I felt that people might enjoy. As a starting point, I thought of apps that I would personally use. One of the ideas I had for an app involved a simple interface that showed a random product from Amazon. The app would display the name of the product, a picture of it, and a brief description. If you liked the product and wanted to buy it or at least get more information on it, you could touch on the picture which would take you to Amazon’s website. If you weren’t interested in the product, you could touch “Next Item” which would then present you with another random product from Amazon. I even included a category list that would allow you to filter down the returned products to something that better suits you. Since this app was all about providing you with random products from Amazon, I named the app “Random Amazon”.
Nope! Not gonna happen!
Again, Amazon replied back saying that, even though I have removed the app from public access, their decision is final and that no further appeals will be considered. What a bunch of bitches?!?
I have spent a tremendous amount of time and energy sending business to them, not to mention all of the money that I have personally spent with them over the years. In fact, between my fiancee and I, we spend an average of $10,000+ a year with Amazon. I know that’s not much, but it is a lot of money that I could be spending somewhere else instead of spending it with a company that decided to treat my like shit without the slightest bit of interest in giving me a chance to correct a mistake that I take full responsibility for by completely removing the offending app.
Amazon, you have lost yourself a customer that used to be a huge fan of yours. I know you don’t give a damn about me, but I hope by sharing my story that others will see what kind of lousy company you really are. I’ve heard ugly stories about you before and this personal experience has corroborated every bad thing I’ve ever heard about you. I’ve removed you from my websites and now from my life.
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