incrediBILL - 12:02 pm on Apr 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
Here's another thing to consider, who owns the customer?
If your drop shipper owns the customer, you are an affiliate.
If you own the customer, and the drop-shipper has no rights to contact them directly other than for the purposes of order fulfillment only, then you are not an affiliate.
Additionally, where are taxes computed, from your location or your drop-shippers location? Another test of being a retailer vs affiliate.
FYI, large percentage of payout per sale is a meaningless measure as I've had many aff programs of 40%+ payouts, it's not uncommon for certain types of goods and services.