It’s a well-known secret that it’s possible to make money (more precisely “get some money back”) when shopping with Amazon and other big online retailers. However, it’s cumbersome to set up so most online shoppers never set it up themselves.
€5 that I made last month
Last month I connected my Flattr account with a Socialvest account, installed their browser plugin and did my shopping online as usual. At the end of the month they sent me extra €5 that I earned back from online retailers.
This €5 increased my monthly Flattr budget by 25% and made me very happy as I had more to give for the great people who’s music, writings, software, entertaining tweets etc I had enjoyed.
The alternative – aFlattr
aFlattr announced couple of weeks ago that their March payout was €403.43 which went to 75 users. Not a huge amount yet but that’s over 400 euros that goes to support online creators.
aFlattr works in a similar manner to Socialvest – you connect your Flattr account with their account and as you go shop in the stores they have deals with some of the money is transferred back to you.
What are the differences between aFlattr and Sovialvest?
|% from purchase||5-10%||1-50%|
|Which stores?||Amazon, Endless, Javari, Smallparts – full list||Over 600 biggest mainly US online stores – full list|
|How long does it take?||2-3 months||1-2 months|
|Strength||Better Amazon %||Hundreds more shops, especially in the US|
Important to note that aFlattr offers better % when you mainly shop in Amazon but Socialvest has way more partnerships with US based shops so if you’re doing bulk of your shopping in the US then they might be a better option.
How is this all possible?
Most big online shops have an affiliate program (most famous among them is Amazon, of course) and when you’re a registered partner sending them buyers via links on your website, for example, then they pay you a small % of the purchase value.
aFlattr and Socialvest operate as the affiliate partners, they keep a small fraction of the % that is paid back and forward the rest to you.
Wikipedia has a longer article on affiliate marketing.
If you shop online then join one of the programs and get more money on your Flattr account!