If it works the way it is supposed to yes AC get's paid. When you click through, on their website there is a log that is generated that says who the refering URL was. In this case Epicski.com should be in the refer info. Then they track your movement through to a sale. Depending on the agreement setup by the companies involved they can pay for just having traffic driven to their site. then a different amount depending on how much was spent, and maybe even another amount if the specific advertised item was purchased.
This was the basic model for yahoo and many other sites that were making money on advertising for other companies and the reason so many dotcoms became dotbombs. a great deal of the companies depended on and were counting on x amount of income from these referals and some paid huge amounts of money to have "exclusive" rights to specific portals. when they didn't get the traffic expected, there were not enough sales and the resulting was a collapse of the income stream. Luckily AC is not a for profit business model but a labor of love so any traffic we can push through to the vendors is helpful but a lack of traffic will not kill the site.
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ October 18, 2001 05:19 PM: Message edited 1 time, by dchan ]</font>