super70s - 7:14 pm on Dec 7, 2012 (gmt 0)
Only thing I can think of is, if they're an indie, maybe their payment processing costs put them in this position
The thing I don't get is why would that $1 they left in my account be any more difficult to "administer" than $16.01? This is kind of different from the policy of Commission Junction, who would take back your commisssion and kick you out if you didn't meet their minimum sales quota but also leave you "on probation." You could reapply after 6 months (which I did the first time they did that to me, then the second time I said forget it).
AllPosters is not requiring any action like this to weed out the weaker accounts, they're just deleting your commission if it doesn't reach $20 but also keeping you as an affiliate (with $1 in your account).
When they first went in house and other affiliates on another affiliate forum complained and dumped them, I decided to dump them as well.
I thought they had always been in house, at least they have since I've been with them for well over 10 years. A few years ago they were taken over by a competitor, Art.com, and I have a sneaking suspicion they're the ones who always had this $20/yr. minimum rule. I guess I just haven't tripped it until now.