Roy P writes:
At the B&H Photo site, many of the really hard to get items (most Leica lenses qualify as such), you just see a “Temporarily out of stock” message in red. The only thing you can do is to click the “Notify When in Stock” link.
So you may want to talk to B&H about remembering the referring site when people click on the “Notify” button, so later when they buy, you get the credit for it, if they originally went to B&H via your blog. (Perhaps this is already in place).
Also, the problem with the notification is, on highly constrained items like Leica lenses, they get one or two pieces, so if you’re not the very first or second to act, the lens will be grabbed by someone else.
B&H doesn’t like to accept preorders on Leica lenses for some reason... Perhaps you could persuade them to accept preorders on Leica lenses when the buyer arrives at B&H via your links.
DIGLLOYD: I have had all these conversations with B&H — they have their reasons, both technical and otherwise.
In stock status
I have found that the diglloyd gear pages often show the in-stock status hours before I get an email from B&H. So they are worth bookmarking and monitoring. When I’m online, I often tweet when I see hard to get items come into stock.
The gear pages pages with their color-coded in-stock status are updated at 10-20 minute intervals (note that there are eight (8) gear pages, broken out by brand/purpose, e.g., Canon, Nikon, Zeiss, Leica, etc).
Each gear page has a last-update time, be sure to refresh your browser page to see the latest.
Clicking through the links on this site give me credit for whatever you buy in that session, so readers can click any button or B&H link and buy anything, and I’ll get credit so long as it is “added to cart” as part of that click through session.