in reply to Amazon web services - talk amongst yourselves
Thanks for all your views and please accept my apologies for not being 100% up to speed on the XML/SOAP technologies - if I were 100% up to speed I wouldn't need to ask for your help and as for your recommendations to RTFM, I am a big proponent of this although sometimes it helps to have someone help you decide which M to RTFM. That's where you come in.
As for your recommendation that I boycott Amazon, as a long time web retailer I can tell you that anyone who is willing to pay me 5% - 15% in commissions on each sale is giving away the store. It's very difficult to turn net profits that big let alone pay someone that much for generating a sale. I think I can forgive myself for going into business with Amazon. It's a survival strategy.