Maybe I’ll go shopping today

Amazon.com cut ties with business affiliates in North Carolina after the state drafted legislation that would force the company to collect sales tax.

The company’s affiliates program, called Amazon Associates, started in 1996. It lets Web-site owners and bloggers make money by posting ads for Amazon products. If someone clicks through and buys something at Amazon’s main store or its Endless.com site, the affiliate gets a referral fee of as much as 15 percent.

“We will no longer pay any referral fees for customers referred to Amazon.com or Endless.com after June 26,” the company told North Carolina affiliates in its notice. “We were forced to take this unfortunate action in anticipation of actual enactment because of uncertainties surrounding the legislation’s effective date.”

It sucks for bloggers and others counting on that money, but…I love it.

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2 Responses to Maybe I’ll go shopping today

  1. rwp says:

    It may prevent other states from passing similar laws.

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