Open Letter To Jeff Bezos from Danny Sullivan
Amazon strikes again! They terminate every California affiliate because CA now requires Amazon to collect sales tax.
I agree with Amazon that states shouldn’t tax these transactions… or any sales from brick and mortar businesses.
If state’s taxed land values, that would be the fairest method (click here and read the paragraph “a really efficient tax system”)
Thank you for your letter today, informing me that after seven years of being one of your affiliates — and having earned for you about $150, 000 in that time — that you “deeply regret” unilaterally terminating my contract with Amazon to be an affiliate. I also especially appreciated the part where you reassured me that this action wouldn’t affect my ability to keep buying from your company. Nice touch.
I deeply appreciate that after so many years of supporting your company, and earning my 4.5% cut over those years (as I figured today, looking at my stats), that you’ve decided that I should be a pawn in your fight with my state. That type of loyalty really makes me want to support you in the future, should you restore your program. It also encourages me to want to continue shopping with you
The comments are closed on Danny’s posting… but you can leave comments here.
It seems that we are left as affiliates with CPC/PPC leads, and those companies that are based or do business in California that already pay tax in the state.
But as some have written, you can setup an LLC in another state that doesn’t have these affiliate nexus laws.
I wonder why and how this legislation made it through to the Gov for signing. I’ve called both my Assemblymember and Senator to get further clarification, according to the records the AB 153 and AB 155 have not been voted on. This had to have been in the works for some time, I had heard and read about it months ago, but had no idea that it was being passed this quickly, did it get rolled into the budget? Who are the special interests behind this bill? Big box stores?
There are dozens of affiliate networks/programs following suite because of this action from Amazon.
Perhaps Mr. Bezos needs to stand up to California