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43 Folders' Store
Merlin Mann | Jun 2 2007
The 43 Folders Store is an independent, affiliate-based front end to the Amazon Superstore. It's built using Associate-O-Matic, a PHP-based system developed specifically for this purpose. Our store features nearly every item that is available from Amazon.com and uses all of the same inventory, shipping mechanisms, and customer management technology as the regular old Amazon site. We just lazily help you put stuff in your cart, push your order through to Seattle, and then Amazon does all the heavy lifting of payment and fulfillment via their own secure, very well-tended servers. Easy.
The difference is that your purchases on the 43 Folders Store help support its parent website, 43Folders.com; whenever you buy anything using our site, we receive a small percentage affiliate fee from Amazon. You pay nothing extra, and your actual transaction occurs right on the secure Amazon site, so we never touch your money or gather any personal information apart from the contents of your order, your IP address, and the other normal information a web site collects in its Apache web logs. We don't know your name, your email, your location, or any other stuff about who you are.
We appreciate that you could get all of this same merchandise directly from Amazon but have chosen to visit us as a way to help support independent publishing and to assist us in continuing to provide free, Creative Commons-licensed content to the thousands of people who enjoy the 43 Folders family of sites every day.
While you need to contact Amazon directly for any questions about the merchandise, the merchants, your order, its delivery, or the byzantine sphere of return policies, we're happy to try and answer any questions you have about how and why we've built this site for our readers.
Thanks so much for your help and support. Buy cool stuff, and recycle when you can. :)
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