I don’t normally have these types of posts but I wanted to check in since a few things are going on, some of which are important for you to know.
If you noticed, the posts were pretty minimal on Sunday and Monday this week while our family got away to the Atlantic City Beach for some R&R! We also stopped by 6 Flags Great Adventure for a day of fun on the rides and saw the animals on the amazing safari ride they offer.
It’s also an exciting time for our family as my son becomes a Bar Mitzvah this Friday/Shabbos (his actual Hebrew Birthday is on Friday). So starting today, posts will once again be minimal and sporadic as I attempt to get ready and organized for this big event!
Last, I received an unfortunate e-mail from Amazon last week which read:
“Dear Associate, Thank you for being a part of the Amazon Associates Program. We continuously review accounts and are auditing based on overall profitability and value being driven to Amazon. Based on our review of your account we are informing you that we will be reducing your rates in our retail categories due to poor profitability and low value.”
The deals here at Bargain Boutique Deals are just TOO GOOD for Amazon to make much of a profit off of what I’ve been posting. I take that as a compliment that I’ve succeeded in really finding the HOTTEST deals for all of you! But because of this, Amazon is dropping my commission rates significantly (from an average of 8% to an average of 1%) in all categories. I spend countless hours working on my site and use the earnings for important bills (ahem, bar mitzva is this week!), tuition, etc.
I’ll be completely honest with you: Going forward, I’m not sure if I can really run my blog as I have been. The time I spend working on the blog is time I spend away from my family (my husband and 6 kids K”H). I love nothing more than to help all of you save money – it is a passion of mine, and the reason I started blogging in the first place! But I do make sacrifices to run the blog and 1% really does not leave me with much to show for all the time I invest. I haven’t decided yet how this will all play out, but I did want to give my loyal followers a heads up about what has happened. I have been in touch with other wonderful bloggers who received the same bad news to see what options we have.
Thanks for reading, and I welcome any feedback. Thanks for following Bargain Boutique Deals.