An update on hi-fi door stops
In 2018, I figured out that a $9 door stopper from Amazon.de was a great way to keep small bits of audio gear – DACs, streamers, phono stages, and power supplies – from slipping out the back a Kallax hi-fi rack, sideboard or cabinet. Cable pulling on the back of small components can build up quite quickly and I now have a range of door stops here that I regularly deploy to keep them in place.
Sometimes these door stops pop up in our YouTube videos to generate a slew of questions in the comments section: “What are they?” and “Where can I get one?”.
And judging by the Amazon reviews found in these product listings, this “hi-fi” door stopper idea really seems to have caught on.
However, today’s story is not a pat on the back, but the start of a deeper dive into the Amazon Associates Affiliate Link Program. You can spot Amazon affiliate links (here and elsewhere) by their amzn.to/ structure. For example, the aforementioned links to doorstops are Amazon affiliate links – for Amazon.com, Amazon.de and Amazon.co.uk. If you click on one of those links and buy something on Amazon, I earn a very small commission. This commission can be paid into a bank account, but I have chosen to have it paid out as store credit.
I will use Amazon.de store credit to buy the odd CD or vinyl for myself. I cannot use Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk store credit without also being hit with the double whammy of international shipping costs and import duties. At this point at least, this juice just isn’t worth squeezing. Instead, I will use Amazon.com store credit to purchase a CD or vinyl for one of my USA. Patrons. I hope to make it a monthly thing. Ditto for patrons living in the UK. Before I get to those little slices of philanthropy, I want to rack up enough credit on Amazon.com to buy Darko.Audio staff member Jana Dagdagan a pair of noise-canceling headphones. She is working from home and dealing with construction noise at the moment.
In a broader sense, I’m curious how much money can be made from Amazon affiliate links. Does it look like a barista’s tip jar? Or will they generate enough greenery to worry that I’ve become a commission salesman for door stops? The more I encourage and congratulate them, the more I earn.
Time will tell us.
I will add Amazon affiliate links to the description box of every YouTube video in 2022 as well as a key message or two on this website. Don’t worry: Amazon means I won’t link to expensive items and all affiliate links will be clearly visible.
Additionally, I will report the amount of money earned from each Amazon territory’s affiliate program at the end of each quarter. Last week I shared the three door stop links (above) on Instagram and the Darko.Audio YouTube community page. This generated the following clicks and commissions:
To be continued…
Further information : Amazon Associate Center