June 29, 2011

No More Amazon Associates for Me

I really appreciate those of you who have kindly made  your Amazon purchases through my blog.  I just received an email saying that the program will be discontinued soon for California residents due to some tax bill our Governor is signing.

So....if you have a purchase coming up between now and Sept. you can still go through here but after that...no more extra income for me.  No big deal, but its the principal behind it that bothers me.  Here is an excerpt of the email from them:

"For well over a decade, the Amazon Associates Program has worked with thousands of California residents. Unfortunately, a potential new law that may be signed by Governor Brown compels us to terminate this program for California-based participants. It specifically imposes the collection of taxes from consumers on sales by online retailers - including but not limited to those referred by California-based marketing affiliates like you - even if those retailers have no physical presence in the state.
We oppose this bill because it is unconstitutional and counterproductive. It is supported by big-box retailers, most of which are based outside California, that seek to harm the affiliate advertising programs of their competitors. Similar legislation in other states has led to job and income losses, and little, if any, new tax revenue. We deeply regret that we must take this action." 

Peace, Hope and Love, Barbara

1 comment:

Lou said...

The other states won't be far behind.


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