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I live in the Republic of Ireland which is served by amazon.co.uk. The rads.stackoverflow.com/amzn/click/ redirector sends me to amazon.com.

According to this article, the redirector should use IP geolocation to send you to the most appropriate Amazon site:

Auto-Inserting Stack Overflow affiliate into all Amazon book links

We have a clever affiliate redirect that geolocates the IP and redirects to the appropriate regional Amazon store (amazon.uk, amazon.ca, et cetera).

Can the Amazon link redirector be changed to redirect to amazon.co.uk for Irish IP addresses?

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  • Pretty sure we've discussed this before... pretty sure it was declined. It would be nice, though.
    – Jon Seigel
    Jan 20, 2011 at 1:34
  • @Jon Siegel: This question meta.stackexchange.com/questions/26964/… shows effort to redirect IPs to a relevant Amazon store based on country. I don't see any evidence of this being declined. Jan 20, 2011 at 1:57
  • @greg - thanks I was looking for that.
    – Kev
    Jan 20, 2011 at 1:59
  • Okay, I take it all back. My bad! @Greg
    – Jon Seigel
    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:02
  • Odd that Amazon doesn't take care of this.
    – user1228
    Jan 20, 2011 at 15:08
  • @will - how/why would it? If I browse (normally) to the .com site it knows I'm in Ireland and suggests I might want to shop on the .co.uk but it doesn't redirect me. It does does this on UK connections too. It's your geolocator that's not picking the the correct amazon.
    – Kev
    Jan 20, 2011 at 15:29
  • @Kev I'd think Amazon would want to redirect users to the site that's geographically closer to them. But I'm not a web dev who works on international sites, so I honestly don't know enough to comment anymore on the subject. BTW, I'm a janitor here, not an architect.
    – user1228
    Jan 21, 2011 at 16:53
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    @will - they don't and never have. The stores differ in the products they carry and they don't muck about with shipping restrictions unless a vendor such as Apple (typically) prevent sales of goods outside the US. So back to your mop and bucket duties :D
    – Kev
    Jan 21, 2011 at 17:01
  • I have the same problem. I am from Germany and the link is not redirecting me to amazon.de (which would be great for wishlists etc..)
    – örs
    May 18, 2011 at 21:49
  • I have the same problem - I'm in the UK and 91.223.10.1 isn't being geolocated properly. May 19, 2011 at 9:58
  • @will - any chance of poking the dev team to have a look at this?
    – Kev
    May 19, 2011 at 10:26
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    @Kev: team@stackoverflow.com is your best bet. I'm just a janitor; the architects just throw wadded up blueprints at me and snicker behind my back.
    – user1228
    May 19, 2011 at 13:53
  • @will - lol - ok :)
    – Kev
    May 19, 2011 at 14:06
  • @Richard, @örs, @will - see my answer which explains all.
    – Kev
    May 20, 2011 at 10:36

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Got a reply from Jeff explaining why the GeoLocator doesn't work any more:

It's a long story, but unless we operate a business in the UK, officially, we can't get affiliate income from Amazon there anyway .. so we don't geolocate amazon stuff any more, and have not for a while.

some details here

https://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/11/our-amazon-advertising-experiment/

but that bit is quite important and not covered there.

Which is fair enough.

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  • Annoying - the geolocator is really handy because as a UK'er, it was really handy to click a link and get UK amazon. Also, why not just select a suitable cause and donate your affiliate links to them? May 27, 2011 at 13:39
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    @richard - yeah, but it is as it is. TBH I get most of my books from computermanuals.co.uk in the UK. Better prices, better service and they usually deliver by courier.
    – Kev
    May 27, 2011 at 13:48

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