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Bookshop vs Amazon

Hey, have we thought about switching up our affiliate links (at least for books) from Amazon to Bookshop? It’s apparently a platform for indie bookshops set up specifically to keep them afloat and to break Amazon’s stranglehold over online book purchases. [more inside]
posted by chappell, ambrose on Apr 10, 2020 - 16 comments

Amazon screws up bag promotion... again!

18 years ago, Amazon messed up a promotion and sold $350 cameras for $40 – engendering a legendary MeFi in-joke. On Monday, they did it again – adjusted for inflation!
posted by nicwolff on Jul 17, 2019 - 21 comments

★ I help fund MetaFilter!

Did you know that there's a Chrome extension that will let you add Metafilter's Amazon affiliate code to every Amazon link you click? It also adds the tag every time you navigate directly to Amazon. It works on all international Amazon sites and a couple of other Amazon-related sites. [more inside]
posted by bendy on Apr 8, 2019 - 18 comments

Metafilter affiliate linking plug in?

I had to recently sign into a different Chrome account and I lost my plugins/extensions. One of which was the one that automatically added the Metafiler affiliate link when I visited Amazon. I cannot for the life of me find it again despite numerous site and google searching attempts [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Sep 19, 2018 - 5 comments

Prime Day support MetaFilter

Don't forget to consider using an affiliate link for MetaFilter today & tomorrow if you are shopping Amazon Prime deals. [more inside]
posted by slipthought on Jul 16, 2018 - 11 comments

"Alexa, play the MetaFilter Podcast."

Announcing the addition of the monthly MetaFilter Podcast and MeFi Music songs via the Alexa podcast skill, AnyPod. [more inside]
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich on May 29, 2017 - 12 comments

Alexa, play Mefi* music

While bemoaning the fact that there's not an Amazon playlist or station that scratches my itch for eclectic music, it dawned on me that Mefi Music hits that particular sweet spot for me. Which led me to wonder about the feasibility of integrating Alexa with Mefi music. It seems it's been done for iPhone using the RSS feed, so I'm assuming doing something for Alexa is not totally out of the question. I'm curious as to what people think of the idea in general, and also any thoughts on technical implementation. [more inside]
posted by forforf on Mar 19, 2017 - 14 comments

Amazon links for other countries?

I swear I've seen this asked before, but a cursory search didn't turn up anything so I'll ask again anyway just in case. I spend way too much money on Amazon - but in my case, amazon.ca. I'd love to give you guys my 4%+ affiliate income. Can you please setup amazon affiliate accounts in other locations than the US so I (and other non-USians) can give you guys free money? Since I can't use my own affiliate link, I'd much rather give it to metafilter than whatever other random referral link I clicked last that currently owns my cookie.
posted by cgg on Aug 8, 2016 - 8 comments

Amazon WP plugin?

The awesome Amazon affiliate plugin, which was kindly written and published by a mefite several years ago, seems to have gone defunct. Are there any good alternatives? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Apr 22, 2016 - 6 comments

Amazon referral links in FPPs

So, today I posted about the upcoming new Santana album. It's amazing. It comes out next week. It is available for preorder on Amazon and I have preordered it. Also was a Carly Rae Jepsen link about a single off her new album. It was amazing. I preordered it. Should we, when we compose posts like these, include a link to an Amazon order page so MeFites who want to also purchase these things can give MetaFilter a bit of a kickback? Or is that too commercial?
posted by hippybear on Apr 8, 2016 - 40 comments

omg shoes

I swear there used to be a shoe (I think on Amazon) that people always recommended and linked to for inexpensive flats of many colors needs. I can't find it. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Mar 29, 2016 - 41 comments

Holiday Commerce Reminders!

It's that especially gift-giving time of year, so don't forget: you can support your fellow community members by buying MeFite-made merch at the MeFi Mall, and if you're buying stuff at Amazon you can be sure to visit using our referral link to help support the site itself. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Dec 4, 2015 - 12 comments

Quick FanFare Updates

We made a couple changes to FanFare today. We added a show, movie, and podcast search to the front page sidebar. For movies we added links to buy or watch a particular movie at Amazon (if it's available). And we updated how movies are posted. [more inside]
posted by pb on Mar 23, 2015 - 22 comments

Mefite Amazon reviews of The Dress on Vox's famous website

I just wanted to give a shoutout to naju and NoraReed for having Amazon reviews quoted in this article from Vox about The Dress. If other mefites were also featured, I apologize for not recognizing your username.
posted by oceanjesse on Feb 27, 2015 - 83 comments

Recent Amazon Links not working

A Metafilter Labs project, Recent Amazon Links, either isn't working or nobody has posted a link to an Amazon product for a couple of days, which I've never seen happen before. As a gadget addict, I'm wondering if something's broken or are other things being prioritized? Is anyone else experiencing this?
posted by SillyShepherd on Oct 3, 2014 - 14 comments

Announcing MeFi Labs

Today I wanted to unveil a new subsite featuring some experiments with our data called MeFi Labs. [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jan 2, 2014 - 247 comments


I'm really disappointed that this Amazon thread was deleted. I saw the deletion reason but I think that the discussion that was happening was totally worthwhile, and though the FPP was a bit thin, we see much thinner posts that stand. I don't think just dismissing it as outragefilter is fair, if for no reason than it shuts down a great discussion that could have happened. I'd like to see it opened back up. [more inside]
posted by windykites on Jul 10, 2013 - 50 comments

Thread disappear? Halp?

Can't find a very recent post about kindle allowing amazon and / or publishers to see exactly how people are reading books - can anyone point me in the right direction? Am I just going crazy?
posted by ominous_paws on Jul 4, 2012 - 22 comments

Metafilter in my bookspam? It's more common than you think.

A bookseller on Amazon is selling content including mefi as part of a collated book. This looks suspiciously spammy, and I assume nobody at mefi has actually authorised this. Is this something that Metafilter Networks cares about?
posted by jaduncan on Jan 10, 2012 - 103 comments

Amazon long form URLs

Amazonian Pony. URL's with the book titles in? [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Feb 18, 2011 - 21 comments

Buying a Pony Off Amazon

Is it possible for MetaFilter to make money off referral links to amazon products? That is, when someone posts a link to an amazon product, the site automatically turns it into a referral link so Matt and Co. can make a little bit of money off the link.
posted by 47triple2 on Jan 30, 2011 - 63 comments

Amazon links gone wild.

Amazon referrals need some fixing. [more inside]
posted by bigmusic on Feb 13, 2009 - 9 comments

Amazon Affiliate url?

Metafilter's Amazon.com Affiliate code url... [more inside]
posted by jca on Sep 1, 2008 - 46 comments

Amazon code for WP?

Hey Matt and pb: You know that sweet-ass bit of code you guys have that scrubs any link to Amazon and inserts your affiliate ID? It would totally rock if you would release a version of that as a Wordpress plugin. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Mar 4, 2008 - 31 comments

Amazon's Askville

I got an email from Amazon regarding a new question-asking site called Askville. So far it doesn't seem as nice as our own AskMe, but I thought I'd bring it to everyone's attention.
posted by armage on Jul 24, 2007 - 4 comments

We have box sets.

We have box sets. Slashdot has the goods on Amazon trying to give flashbacks to MetaFilter with their new and improved pricing shenanigans in which they deliver two box sets to lots of people for the price of zero, wait a five days (crossing over Christmas in the process), and then demand that people return them unopened. Now they've begun charging people's credit cards for what Amazon decides they should have paid.
posted by NortonDC on Feb 15, 2007 - 52 comments

Amazon's New Askville Service

Just a Meta Heads up. Along with Google and Yahoo in the "Ask" pool....

Amazon is stealing our internets too.
posted by filmgeek on Oct 30, 2006 - 30 comments

Why can't I add this to my wishlist? (Metafilter on Amazon.com)

Why can't I add this to my wishlist?
posted by dersins on Aug 15, 2006 - 44 comments

Affiliate Marketing for Amazon

URL mangulation for fun and profit? I posted in AxMe an amazon link and metafilter has automatically mangled it to contain a metafilter referral token. Personally, I think that modifying content that we post is a bit rude; am I alone in this?
posted by polyglot on Jul 20, 2006 - 35 comments

Is MeFi a member of Amazon Rewards?

When posting reference links to Amazon for books & such, does a click-through result in some pittance flowing back to Number 1? In other words, is Metafilter a member of Amazon Rewards? If not, there is no benefit of using an amazon.com link vs. for example a bn.com or powells.com .
posted by Rash on Jun 8, 2006 - 19 comments

I'm proposing a small change to amazon URLs

I'm proposing a small change to amazon URLs here [more]
posted by mathowie on Jan 28, 2006 - 91 comments

Amazon associate account for Metafilter

What if there were an Amazon associate account for the benefit of Metafilter?
posted by gorillawarfare on Oct 26, 2005 - 23 comments

MeFi Affiliate IDs?

This thread gave me an idea. Could we set it up so links going to amazon or iTunes contain a MeFi affiliate id, so when visitors buy songs or books, some money could go to a MeFi general fund for hosting or sending mathowie on vacation or whatever?
posted by null terminated on Apr 24, 2005 - 10 comments

Amazon referral links in posts

Amazon referral links in posts. grabbingsand caught another user linking to Amazon with his own referral code in a post. How do people feel about this? A personal referral code is (IMHO) obnoxious, but what happens when people start slipping in referral codes to political sites? Is there even any way to catch this?

(previously discussed a while back)
posted by mkultra on Sep 24, 2004 - 25 comments

metafilter in books

Whoa! I dropped "metafilter.com" into amazon to try and find that alexa site ranking thing, and found out the site appears in 14 books.
posted by mathowie on Sep 14, 2004 - 27 comments

How about a little meat to go with that book?

Starting a thread with an Amazon link. Weak.
posted by jjg on Jul 20, 2002 - 42 comments

Amazon donation bug

Clicking on the "Donate" link brings me to the Amazon donation page, then kicks out to the home page. I'm using MSIE 5.5:

Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0; T312461)
posted by eamondaly on Feb 25, 2002 - 1 comment

So how about a Pledge Drive?

So how about a Pledge Drive? My local NPR station is begging for money again, and I was thinking - you know I'd rather give my $1/day (why that's not even enough for coffee) to MeFi. Currently the donation kitty is at $3,597. I bet we can get that up to $4,500 in no time. What do you say?
posted by willnot on Feb 5, 2002 - 2 comments

nothing more than a crass attempt to get a few bucks

Why do people persist in doing this? tsarfan posts a link to an Amazon page showing that they're selling sex toys, ostensibly to incite commentary on what Amazon and other e-commerce outlets will/need to do to become profitable. In reality, however, it seems to be nothing more than a crass attempt to get a few bucks from MeFi's significant readership by making the link include his Amazon referrer code. In the words of the immortal Michael Stipe, "I call bullshit on that."
posted by hincandenza on Dec 16, 2001 - 35 comments


The thread on the Amazon offer is purdy good. [more]
posted by Shadowkeeper on Nov 21, 2001 - 8 comments

Linking to Affiliate Codes

Hey Matt - I don't know how easy this would be, but how about a script that looks at links as they're posted and if it recognizes a link to an Amazon product (or any of 100s of others), it would automatically reformat the link with the Give MeFi 15% back if somebody buys this product off this link character string.

Then you could just sit back and rake in all of the subversively gotten gain.
posted by willnot on Aug 4, 2001 - 6 comments

Matt's in the news

Rock-star Matt Haughey is in the news again (with gratuitous photo). This time, in a New York Times article on the Amazon honor system (penned by Ironminds' Andy Wang).
posted by andrewraff on Jun 13, 2001 - 31 comments

MetaFilter reaches $1000 on Amazon

Hey, since MetaFilter just reached a thousand bucks on Amazon (plus some unknown amount on PayPal...) don'tcha folks think Matt should take Kay out to dinner or something, as his reward for doing all this work?

I know that would be at least as exciting as another 128MB of RAM or whatever...
posted by anildash on Mar 21, 2001 - 6 comments

Amazon Affiliate?

Quick cash for Matt, or his evil twin Howie: I just made a bunch of links to Amazon, and while doing so thought, “If only Metafilter was part of the Amazon affiliate
program. Then he might make a few pennies off my reccomendation.” Couldn’t hurt anything but your karma.
posted by capt.crackpipe on Mar 10, 2001 - 5 comments

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