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Best Buy Affiliate Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Best Buy commission rates?

The Best Buy Affiliate Program commission rates (below) are subject to change. Details regarding these rates can also be found in the Best Buy Affiliate Program Dashboard when you officially join the Program.
Categories Commission rate on new customers
Laptops, tablets, desktops, video game & virtual reality hardware, computer cards & components, point-of-sale activation (POSA) cards, COVID tests, and all Apple-branded products 0.0%
All other product categories (excluding the 0.0% categories above) 0.5%

Best Buy does not pay commissions on gift cards, warranties, or transactions on third-party websites.

What is affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is an online advertising channel in which advertisers (online merchants that sell products or services) pay publishers (independent parties that promote the products or services of an advertiser on their website) only for results, such as a visitor making a purchase or filling out a form, rather than paying simply to reach a particular audience. This "pay-for-performance" model is in essence the modern version of the "finders'-fee" model, where individuals who introduce new clients to a business are compensated. The difference in the case of affiliate marketing is that advertisers pay their publishers only when the new client introduction results in a sale or a lead, making it a low-risk, high-reward environment for both parties.

What are the Best Buy Product APIs?

The Best Buy APIs provide access to our product catalog, ratings and reviews, our categories of data, and our store locations. The Best Buy APIs give you access to full product information, including pricing, availability, specifications, descriptions and images for nearly one million current and historical products. By releasing our data via these APIs, we are offering you the ability to create and innovate in ways Best Buy may never have thought of.

Learn how to use Best Buy APIs to develop applications and earn commissions in the Best Buy Affiliate Program.

How will Best Buy communicate with me?

  • Once you join the program, you will receive our weekly affiliate newsletter in your email. The newsletter includes our top offers and promotions for the week.
  • Furthermore, as part of our newsletter efforts, you will receive notifications about our 2-day and 3-day sales as they arise, special announcements (alerts about changes to the program terms or other high-priority messages), and holiday offers and promotions.
  • You may occasionally hear directly from one of our team members at Best Buy. To ensure that the program grows, and our affiliates are successful, we may contact you to build the relationship, optimize our placements, or participate in a survey or sales contest. We value our affiliates and want this to be a successful partnership.

How will I find out about sales and weekly offers?

Your best bet is our weekly newsletter. This newsletter comes out on Fridays — before new deals hit the site. Our affiliates count on it as the primary source of offers and deals for the week. Our only request is that you wait until Sunday to post these offers.

What tools will Best Buy provide me with to promote the products (product catalog, banners, text links, widgets, API, for example)?

As a commitment to our affiliates, we have assigned more resources to making the Best Buy Affiliate Program a top program in the Impact network. We have a wide variety of promotional banners and text links, a specific redirect link (so you can link to individual products), a robust product catalog, and open APIs. We welcome you to use all these tools as you see fit. If you have any thoughts or feedback on them, please share it with us.

How long do I get credit for my referrals once someone has clicked through from my site (action referral period)?

The action referral period is one day.

When will I get paid?

Best Buy pays its affiliates monthly. Best Buy extends all transactions each month, so your initial payment for Best Buy sales will come 60 days after your first Best Buy sale (for example, for sales that post in January, you will be paid in late March). The Best Buy Affiliate Program issues checks for total earned commissions at no minimum.

When will Best Buy orders post to my affiliate account?

The Best Buy Affiliate Program offers near-real-time reporting where affiliates can view sales/orders that have been placed. Please note that monthly payments may vary from affiliate reporting due to cancellations, returns, and removal of fraudulent orders.

How does Best Buy account for returns or cancellations?

Best Buy batches in returns and canceled orders daily the day after they are processed at Best Buy. The return/cancellation rate is quite low, since Best Buy only submits shipped orders into the Best Buy Affiliate Program. 

How does Best Buy handle missing order requests?

Missing orders are reviewed twice a month. Best Buy reviews missing orders that are entered into Best Buy Affiliate Program’s Transaction Inquiry Manager. Per the Best Buy Special Terms and Conditions, Best Buy only reviews missing orders that are 90 days old or newer.

What is the policy for search affiliates?

Brand and trademark bidding are not allowed in the Best Buy Affiliate Program. We highly recommend that affiliates make the Best Buy brand (as well as any misspellings) a negative match in search campaigns. When you accept the program term in the Best Buy Affiliate Program, you are also agreeing to our search policy. Please review it carefully prior to accepting the program terms to ensure that you will abide.

Who can I contact with further questions?

Please email us at

Will I earn commissions on qualifying orders placed through mobile phone and apps?

Yes. Best Buy pays commissions on qualifying orders placed through mobile phones and apps, and when a customer goes through an approved tracking link.

How do I sign up?

You can sign up for the Best Buy Affiliate Program through our partnership with Impact, an affiliate marketing company, The Best Buy Affiliate Program has technology that will allow you to track your sales and earn commissions on the purchases that you generate through your links. You may join the Best Buy Affiliate program here:
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