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    Default Song of the Paddle Amazon Shop

    I have always said I want to keep the site free of flashing banners etc and looking overly commercial. My thoughts on this are unchanged.

    There is a scheme where you can integrate some of the Amazon site into your own and any purchases made generate a commission. There is no additional cost to the buyer and it could provide a little extra money to the pot.

    So I have set up an integrated Amazon portal here

    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...le-Amazon-Shop

    If you purchase anything from there you are buying it from Amazon. I have no control over delivery etc we just get a little commission.

    Alternatively you can go to the main Amazon site through this LINK and pretty much anything you buy in that session counts toward our commission.

    For our international members the link to shop on Amazon.com is HERE

    I do not think this is crossing any lines about the site being banner free and as there is no increased cost for buyers I see no harm in having this set up.

    What I would say is there is no guarantee that Amazon is the cheapest for any of these products or for anything in general so as always shop around and see what deal you can get but if you are going to buy from Amazon anyway then consider going through our link and that way we can benefit a little from the purchase you would have made anyway
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    I buy from Amazon with some frequency. How would it work for me as both links are for the UK version.
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    The link to shop on Amazon.com is HERE

    I'll add this into the first post.

    Edit: I should have said I can add links for Canada, Germany etc as well if there is seen to be the demand.
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    a good idea.

    hypothetically speaking, if i were to set one of these up for myself and then buy all my amazon stuff through it, they would actually pay me some money back?

    I know that's not the point but was just wondering...

    p.s i still think a paypal donate button would be good for this site

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    Quote Originally Posted by nakedfiremaker View Post
    a good idea.


    p.s i still think a paypal donate button would be good for this site
    I'd concur with NFM. the current method takes some looking. A small paypal donate button would not be too much I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nakedfiremaker View Post
    hypothetically speaking, if i were to set one of these up for myself and then buy all my amazon stuff through it, they would actually pay me some money back?
    Maybe. you have to give a link to the web site where you are going to implement this and they say that they check these for suitability but who knows.

    Once you look into these things you start to see how easy they are to set up but I guess that is the point. The Vbulletin software comes with built in google adwords compatibility but that is a flashing banner type thing and not to my taste. I also see there is an ebay based thing where I could tailor an RSS feed to create canoe related threads in a separate section but I suspect this would be too had to throttle down to genuinely interesting auctions as opposed to every piece of canoe related bit of gear.

    Anyway as I said I have no desire to turn this into a commercial site. the Amazon thing just seemed straight forward, low key and with no added cost to the site members.
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    well ebay is actually a very popular site here, you could filter by value and only get stuff over 200 or so and then you will just get boats i suppose.

    The ebay one sounds like a real good idea

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    Just ordered a sat nav so see if it works for you,

    like the idea
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    Quote Originally Posted by nakedfiremaker View Post
    well ebay is actually a very popular site here, you could filter by value and only get stuff over 200 or so and then you will just get boats i suppose.

    The ebay one sounds like a real good idea
    I'm afraid I have to disagree with this!

    We all know where ebay is and how to search on it, please keep this forum as free from commercialism as possible!!
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    Thumbs up Amazon link

    Think it's a great idea John! Just ordered the canoe-camping book. I use Amazon a lot for it's reliability. If this link generates a bit of income to support SoTP then it's well worth it. This has to be one of the very best activity specific sites on the internet.
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    Excellent idea, I use amazon.co.uk for book & dvd purchases so I'll be doing it with your link from now on, it's nice to be able to give a bit back, and even nicer if it doesn't cost anyone anything bar Amazon.

    If e-bay can be filtered to not show absolutely everything vaguely canoe related then why not? I presume it just generates a new post, which could be put in a specific section, so only needs to be seen by those who want to see it and doesn't have a big flashing advert in everyone's view.

    EDIT: Just a couple of extra thoughts:

    Can we recommend books for you to display on the page? Not every single book of course, but things which might be of interest and can be related to canoeing?

    And, maybe it's just me, but the right hand column on the Amazon shop page is cut off a bit. Probably just my computer being set at only 1028 x 600 screen resolution.
    Last edited by Alexlebrit; 9th-April-2010 at 11:14 AM. Reason: as usual, thought of something extra after I'd clicked on save.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexlebrit View Post
    If e-bay can be filtered to not show absolutely everything vaguely canoe related then why not? I presume it just generates a new post, which could be put in a specific section, so only needs to be seen by those who want to see it and doesn't have a big flashing advert in everyone's view.
    I think even with editing you would end up with too many threads and it would become a distraction. there must be thousands of canoe related ebay listings each day.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alexlebrit View Post
    Can we recommend books for you to display on the page? Not every single book of course, but things which might be of interest and can be related to canoeing?
    Of course. you can recommend any items to add to the shop from books to camping equipment etc but remember if you follow the link toe main Amazon site all qualifying purchases, even those not listed in the shop should generate some commission.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alexlebrit View Post
    And, maybe it's just me, but the right hand column on the Amazon shop page is cut off a bit. Probably just my computer being set at only 1028 x 600 screen resolution.
    Same on my work computer. Can't seem to fix it and it does seem to be related to screen resolution, however here is a link to the shop in it's own page.

    http://astore.amazon.co.uk/sonofthepad-21
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    Ah, of course, silly me, I just looked on UK ebay and there's hundreds!!!! I've been defaulting to ebay France, which is sadly lacking.

    I've now book marked the direct link to the SOTP shop, expect commission soon. You don't get to see what we've bought do you?

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    Default It works for me

    Hi John, i followed your link and ordered something (small ) on Amazon USA.

    They mailed me today that the item was send to Holland, so your link works fine for me.

    I will be using it more often from now, everything to help the fine people of SOTP

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    Default Amazon link

    Hello, I like many use Amazon quite a lot. Will I have to find this thread everytime for the link. If so I may forget it's there. Can I suggest putting a link next to the facebook link or on the home page somewhere.

    Cheers.

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    Well this thread is a sticky and if you go to the main forum home page

    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/forum.php

    the SotP Amazon shop is a link from the General section and if you go to the site front page there is a menu link to the SotP Amazon shop
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    Having now read all the above ...
    Amazon link's and a small paypal button I sure would put no pressure on the membership.

    I for one have never shopped at amazon.
    but make many payments via Paypal

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    If you want to contribute using paypal

    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...buting-Members
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    many thanks for the link
    A small contribution to a great site.

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    Doh!

    Wish I'd been more attentive, as I've been getting lots of gear from Amazon and would have done so through the link. I'll now use the link as my Firefox/Fast Dial/Amazon clicky.

    I thought I'd post in the thread as a reminder (bump) that this is a Great Idea, and make a donation for what I've missed by not doing it earlier.

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    Great idea!

    Can you please post the link for Amazon Canada?
    Thanks

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    This link will do www.amazon.ca and the US version www.amazon.com and of course www.amazon.co.uk

    The forum software automatically adds the comission code when you follow these links now.
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    Well I skimmed over the thread when first started but didn't really take it in. Seems I really ought to have done so; especially before Christmas shopping. Still, there's all my future 'Amazon' purchases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MagiKelly View Post
    This link will do www.amazon.ca and the US version www.amazon.com and of course www.amazon.co.uk

    The forum software automatically adds the comission code when you follow these links now.
    Thanks much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TGB View Post
    Well I skimmed over the thread when first started but didn't really take it in. Seems I really ought to have done so; especially before Christmas shopping. Still, there's all my future 'Amazon' purchases.
    Wise words... bump !

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    Hi John,

    Probably old news, but the link no longer works.

    Just in case it's of interest - there is a charitable(ish?) way to use Amazon (at least in the UK?): via smile.amazon.co.uk

    You made a difference.

    Because you placed this order at smile.amazon.co.uk, Amazon will make a donation to Teenage Cancer Trust.
    Your purchases have supported charity 28 times by starting at smile.amazon.co.uk.
    There are a limited number of charities to choose, from, and not sure how big/small the donation is, but changes are its > 0, which is what the charity would get via normal Amazon.

    Ta
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