Program Overview


General Overview

How does the Local Associates program work?
What kind of businesses can join the program?
Why would I want to sign up for this program?
How do I earn money from this program?
How is Local Associates different from online Associates?
How is Local Associates program different from the Amazon Business program?
How do I use the program if I have multiple locations?
How do I use the program if I’m a franchisee?
Can I choose my page URL?
How do I get started?
Where is the Operating Agreement?
Where can I learn about the fee structure?
Is the Local Associates program available outside US?
If I have feedback or a question, who should I reach out to?

Payment Information

How do I change my payment method?
Do I still earn advertising fees if my customer returns a product?
When will I get paid?
When do changes to payment preferences take effect?
How do I complete the tax interview?
Is there a deduction for personal use of the program?
Can I place orders on behalf of my customers or have customer orders shipped to my business?
I didn’t receive my payment, what do I do?
How do I view my payment history?

Managing Your Account

How do I close my account?
Why is my account closed?


General Overview

How does the Local Associates program work?
The Local Associates program gives local businesses a way to generate additional revenue by recommending products sold on Amazon. Local Associates is an extension of the established Amazon Associates program which allows websites and bloggers to earn money when they recommend products on Amazon. The Local Associates program is ideal for businesses that do not carry inventory or have limited inventory. Customers benefit by getting the right product, regardless of whether a local business has the item in stock, while businesses benefit by receiving a percentage of the sale on Amazon. Businesses get a branded page on Amazon with a custom URL to showcase their top recommendations for customers and marketing materials to easily direct customers to their page.

What kind of businesses can join the program?
Local Associates is ideal for businesses who don’t carry inventory or have limited inventory. The program is open to any registered business that operates within our program policies, and who is not already a member of our online Associates program. Local Associates program policies can be found at Associates Program Policies.

Why would I want to sign up for this program?
The Local Associates program removes the risks associated with the cost and availability of inventory and presents an opportunity to fulfill any customer need above and beyond what is available in store or what your space allows. For those times when a customer is best served by a product not currently carried in store, or when customers seek your expertise for product recommendations, this program helps you meet the needs of your customer with the help of Amazon, and allows you to earn money for the referral.

How do I earn money from this program?
You earn revenue as a percent of the purchase price when your customer purchases on Amazon after visiting your page. More information about qualifying purchases or revenue can be found on the Associates Program Fee Statement.

How is Local Associates different from online Associates?
Associates is an online program where website and blog owners can earn when they recommend products on Amazon and link to Amazon.com from their website. Local Associates is an extension of the existing Associates program and is designed for businesses that offer face-to-face customer experiences. With Local Associates, you get a page on Amazon with a unique URL link to showcase the products you recommend to your customers.

How is this program different from the Amazon Business program?
Amazon Business provides purchasing solutions that let registered businesses and their designated employees shop for business supplies on Amazon. Designated employees can make purchases on Amazon on behalf of their employer. A business can be in both the Local Associates program to refer customers to products they recommend on Amazon as well as in the Amazon Business program to purchase the products they need to run their business.

How do I use the program if I have multiple locations?
We welcome you to use the Local Associates program in all of your business locations. Your Amazon page, QR code, and page URL link will be shared across all locations with a single login. To learn more about adding multiple locations to the program, please submit a contact us form with your contact information and we will reach out.

How do I use the program if I’m a franchisee?
If you are a franchisee, you will provide your unique registered business name during sign up, in addition to your franchise’s name. If you have multiple locations under the same franchise participating in the program, those locations will all share a single Amazon page, QR code, and URL link.

Can I choose my page URL?
Your unique URL link is auto-generated based on the business display name you provide during sign up. At this time, the URL link cannot be changed after creation.

How do I get started?
Getting started with the Local Associates program is easy and only takes a few minutes. The first step is to submit the one page registration form. Once we have verified your business identity and your account has been approved, your page on Amazon will be published. You can get started by adding a logo to your Amazon page as well as the products that you want to recommend to your customers.

Where is the Operating Agreement?
You can find the Associates Program Operating Agreement on Associates Central.
Please note that violation of this Operating Agreement may result in termination from the Amazon Associates Program and withholding of fees.

Where can I learn about the fee structure?
You can find the Associates Program Fee Statement on Associates Central.

Is the Local Associates program available outside US?
No, the Local Associates program is currently offered only in the US.

If I have feedback or a question, who should I reach out to?
For any questions that you are unable to find an answer to, please contact us to send us a message.

Payment Information

How do I change my payment information?
To change your payment method, please visit: Account Settings.
Payment options include:
  • Direct Deposit: To use direct deposit, please provide your bank name, account number, nine-digit routing number, and the name of the primary account holder as it appears on the bank's records. We will not send payment until the total amount due is at least $10. There is no processing fee for payment via direct deposit. (Refer to Section 8 of the Associates Program Operating Agreement)
  • Gift Certificate: To be paid with a gift certificate, we will send an email to the email address on the account with the Gift Card Claim Code, which can be redeemed on any account. We will not send payment until the total amount due is at least $10. There is no processing fee for payment via gift certificate. (Refer to Section 8 of the Associates Program Operating Agreement)
  • Check: To be paid by check, please provide a valid mailing address. Note, there is a 35 character rule for each address line, and there is a $15 processing fee on each check sent. (Refer to Section 8 of the Associates Program Operating Agreement)
Note: changes to payment information must be submitted by the first day of the payment month to go into effect on that month’s payment. Changes made after the first will go into effect on the payment issued the following month.

Do I still earn advertising fees if my customer returns a product?
Local Associates program participants are not eligible to earn fees when customers return a product.

When will I get paid?
Payments are made monthly if your balance meets the $10 minimum threshold. We must have your tax information on file before we can make any payments.
Advertising fees are paid by direct deposit, Amazon.com Gift Certificate, or check approximately 60 days after the end of the month for which they are being paid.
  • Payment for January is made in late March.
  • Payment for February is made in late April.
  • Payment for March is made in late May.
  • Payment for April is made in late June.
  • Payment for May is made in late July.
  • Payment for June is made in late August.
  • Payment for July is made in late September.
  • Payment for August is made in late October.
  • Payment for September is made in late November.
  • Payment for October is made in late December.
  • Payment for November is made in late January of the following year (approximately 60 days after Nov. 30).
  • Payment for December is made in late February of the following year (approximately 60 days after Dec. 31).
For example: If you’re being paid by gift certificate and you earned more than the $10 threshold in January, the payment for that month will be issued by the end of March.

Fees are earned after the order has shipped. You may notice that some items won’t appear in the Earnings Report after an order has been placed. There are multiple reasons this could happen.
  • The order may have been cancelled before it shipped
  • The order may have not shipped out yet (some pre-orders and out of stock items may have extended times till they ship)
  • The system has marked the order as ineligible for advertising fees. (See description below)
Associates are not eligible for advertising fees from orders placed on their behalf, or by closely related parties. The Amazon.com Associates Program is an advertising program and is not intended to provide discounts on purchases. Our intent is to pay advertising fees when associates refer unrelated customers to Amazon. Associates who refer family members, friends, or close acquaintances to place their orders through their links may not receive advertising fees for those purchases. We recommend that you look to reach potential Amazon customers who you don't have pre-existing relationships with. The Operating Agreement defines what criteria are used to determine order eligibility. (Refer to Section 7 of the Associates Program Operating Agreement for more details.)

When do changes to payment preferences take effect?
Once you’ve updated your payment method on your account, it will take effect on the payment issued the following month. For example: If you update the payment method on January 12th, it will take effect for the payment send in February.

How do I complete the tax interview?
The interview is designed to obtain the information required to complete an IRS W-9, W-8 or 8233 form to determine if your payments are subject to IRS Form 1099-MISC or 1042-S reporting. In order to fulfill the IRS requirements as efficiently as possible, answer all questions and enter all information requested during the interview. Use caution to avoid misspellings or entering incorrect Tax Identification Numbers, which can result in an invalidated tax form. Complete your tax interview using Tax Information Interview link. You may refer Tax Information Interview Guide for guidance.

Is there a deduction for personal use of the program?
We do not pay referral fees for products you purchase through your own links. This includes orders for customers, orders on behalf of customers, and orders for products to be used by you, your friends, your relatives, or your associates in any manner. Due to the proprietary nature of the way we determine if the order was personal, we can't share the full list of criteria by which we detect these ineligible orders. The reason behind this is that the Amazon.com Associates Program is an advertising program rather than a discount program. Our goal is to have our associates refer new customers to us in return for advertising fees. Associates are not eligible for advertising fees when they place orders themselves, or ask people they know to routinely place orders through their links so they can earn advertising fees. (Refer to Section 7 of the Associates Program Operating Agreement for more details.)

Can I place orders on behalf of my customers or have customer orders shipped to my business?
No, any orders placed under your Amazon account or shipped to your business or personal address will be considered a personal order, and therefore will not count towards your Local Associates referral reward.

I didn’t receive my payment, what do I do?
Direct Deposit: Transferring a deposit to your bank account can take up to 5 business days to reach your bank. If you still haven’t located the funds after 5 business days, first check that your bank account information is correct in the system and update it if it’s not.
  • If your bank account information is correct, please contact us so we can research further.
  • If the bank account information was incorrect, please update it.
  • The process of reissuing your payment will take a minimum of 12 business days.
Gift Certificate: Please make sure to check all spam and junk folders as the claim code email may be getting redirected to them due to your e-mail preferences. If you still haven’t located it after checking all folders, please contact us so we can research further.

Check: Please wait until 4 weeks have passed from the date the check was issued. If you still haven’t received it by that time, please verify your address is correct. Please keep in mind that there is a 35 character rule for each address line. Please consider putting additional information in a second address line if possible.

If address is correct, please contact us so we can research further. We may need to void the original check and reissue a new check. This generally takes 2-3 weeks to verify the payment with the bank, have the original check voided, and reissue the new check to the correct address.

If the address is not correct, please update it and then contact us so we can request to have the check reissued. This generally takes 2-3 weeks to verify the payment with the bank, have the original check voided, and reissue the new check to the correct address.

Note: When contacting us about a missing payment, please include the payment date and amount in your contact to us.

How do I view my payment history?
Your Payment History is located in Your Account in Associates Central and shows referral fees earned, any adjustments to your account, and payments disbursed.

Managing Your Account

How do I close my account?
You can close your Amazon Associates account yourself by following these steps:
  1. Make Sure you are logged in as a ‘Primary user'
  2. Hover over your e-mail address at the top of the page and click on 'Account Settings’
  3. Click ‘Close Your Account’ in the Account Information section
  4. Once you've read the messaging, click "Close your account now"
Please note: You will need to complete the necessary Tax Interview in order to receive final payment of your earnings. You can fill the Tax Interview out by following the steps below:
  1. Log in to Amazon Local Associates Account
  2. Hover over your email address and click on Account Settings.
  3. Scroll down to Payment and Tax Information.
  4. Your Current Tax Status will be displayed.
  5. Click on View/Provide Tax Information to review or update specific tax information.
Why is my account closed?
Accounts can be closed due to a number of reasons. While we cannot re-open a closed account, you'll need to re-apply for a new account in order to participate in the Associates Program. You can re-apply at the following link. After you follow this link, please click on “Join now for free” and it will take you through the application process.

If you still have questions or concerns about a closed account, please contact our Customer Service team.