Before I fritter away this day as well, I just wanted to actually get back to a couple of important things.
RIP JustGiving Pages
Following on from my suspicion the other day that all of Armitage’s JustGiving sites seemed to have been disabled, Servetus suggested I contact JustGiving directly and ask. I did, and I have received an answer – which I find somewhat cryptic, but I guess it confirms what we thought.
My questions: I have a question regarding a number of fundraising sites on JustGiving whose donate buttons are all inactive. Does that mean that the fundraising via that site has officially stopped? Is it temporary? The sites in question were originally established by Richard Armitage – he had seven individual fundraisers running via JustGiving, but none of them seem to be active anymore. Could you confirm that the fundraising via those sites has been officially ended?
JustGiving: It looks like this is because the fundraiser has completed his pages.
Oookay. I take that to mean “the fundraiser has closed down his pages”… (I have never heard this expression “completed pages” – or am I misunderstanding something?) Anyway, it would be nice if Richard gave a little indication to his fans what his fundraising goals now are. I am very happy to support LOROS going forward; I just hope that Richard’s fans are aware of that donation opportunity.
Note to self: Must correct all RichardArmitageNet pages now.
Talking of which… I’m taking the opportunity to mention here that RAnet continues the tradition that Ali once started. Referral fees that are accrued by RAnet will be donated to charity. Ali used to donate every quarter, but this year it has taken a bit longer because we had to transfer the referral scheme from Ali to me. Bureaucracy, especially when involving financials, takes time… Also, since the RAnet site is now more or less collectively owned by us all, the fees for hosting etc are financed with the referral fees, so those had to be subtracted first before I could donate. In case you haven’t seen it yet, you can read more about it all in the News section on RAnet.
However, in case there are readers here who are new fans and neither familiar with RAnet nor with the donation scheme there, I’d just like to quickly appeal and explain to those fans where these referral fee donations come from.
We have this brilliant little scheme going whereby we can more or less automatically make money from Amazon that will create donations for charity. The way it works is this: As an Amazon Affiliate, RAnet has special links through which any shopper can access Amazon US, Amazon UK and Amazon DE. Every time a shopper uses those links to access Amazon *and then* in the subsequent 24 hours or so makes a purchase on Amazon, RAnet receives a cut from the money spent by the shopper. *Any* purchases at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com or Amazon.de will earn a referral fee, not just Richard Armitage products. Products such as books, audiobooks, DVDs, toys and games, Kindle and other digital purchases, even gift vouchers and marketplace items. (There are a few exclusions, but I won’t get into the details here.)
So, for each purchase made after coming to Amazon via our links, we receive a referral fee. This is a percentage of the total sales (around 5-6%) although mp3 sales earn 10% and gift certificates earn 6%. The referral fee is paid to RAnet, not the purchaser. And just to make it clear again: It does not incur any extra charges for the shopper! You do not pay extra at all. This is basically Amazon paying RAnet for sending shoppers their way. Ergo: By shopping through our links you can generate money for free which will then be donated to charity (and used for the upkeep of RAnet). Win-win, right?
Affiliate Links – Best Practices
If you feel like supporting this donation scheme – no pressure, if you don’t like Amazon, there is no expectation that you now do all your shopping through RAnet – here are a couple of best practice tips that might make it easier to remember the links.
- Rather than having to surf to RAnet’s landing page every time you want to click on the Amazon referral links, you can actually bookmark them in your own browser.
- Alternatively, you can of course simply just copy and keep the URL in your notes on your computer.
- Moreover, Chrome and Safari “remember” specific URLs automatically if you have used them frequently. I.e. everytime I type “amazon” in my browser, they automatically open the referral link with the RAnet identifier in it.
So, with the holiday season coming up, and in case you are making any purchases on Amazon, it would be so cool if you accessed the sites with our referral links – making donations simply by shopping. For your convenience, here are the links – click the image to go to the sites:
And just before I let you go…
Buy Local – Some Personal Shopping Recommendations
Rather than give all my money to Amazon (as much as I appreciate the referral scheme for RAnet), I have decided to really make a point of supporting small businesses with my Christmas shopping. This may seem a complete contradiction to my appeal above, but just for the sake of balance, and just because the pandemic has hit economies everywhere – I just thought I’d share with you my latest “small business” shopping links every time I post.
The big slogan here in Ireland has been “buy local”. I have started my first Christmas shopping with a couple of small Irish enterprises, and even though these businesses are not actually in my immediate vicinity (“local”), anything in Ireland pretty much qualifies. This is a tiny country. However, I think the whole “buy local” thing is a bit of a misnomer. Because there are small businesses *elsewhere* who have brilliant, original products that I would like to buy. And especially when they offer shipment internationally, I don’t think there is anything wrong with supporting a small business that is actually not local to me as such. Small businesses *everywhere* are struggling, so why not support them with an order? Support small businesses – everywhere.
So, *rhubarbrhubarbrhubarb* – I’m actually starting off with an Irish small business. For those of you who love Ireland – or who simply like cool socks – the Sock Co Op sells “a little piece of Ireland for your Sole”. I’ve just bought a few pairs of socks for my kids (stocking fillers…) and I totally love these:
9.95 € a pair. But these are really special. And they last a long time. (Bought a few pairs last Christmas – still in circiulation.) Shipping is actually incredibly reasonable – 3€, even international. Free shipping on all sock orders over €35. So, in case you like this – support a small business.
If you are also a blogger, why not add a recommendation of your own to your next post? Or if you tumbl and tweet, I’d love to read *your* recommendations over there because I am always on the look-out for original, unusual gift ideas, given they ship internationally. So let’s support some small businesses anywhere!