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Amazon Halts Associates Program with Califormnia Businesses because Of Gov. Brown (VANITY)

Posted on 06/29/2011 1:31:09 PM PDT by Sneakyuser

I have been an Amazon Associates member for 6 years but no more because of the need of California to try to gain more revenue (without providing services). This email came in this afternoon:

Hello,

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. (continued)


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...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.

As a result, we will terminate contracts with all California residents that are participants in the Amazon Associates Program as of the date (if any) that the California law becomes effective. We will send a follow-up notice to you confirming the termination date if the California law is enacted. In the event that the California law does not become effective before September 30, 2011, we withdraw this notice. As of the termination date, California residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to Amazon.com, Endless.com, MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com. Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned on or before the termination date will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule.

You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of California. If you are not currently a resident of California, or if you are relocating to another state in the near future, you can manage the details of your Associates account here. And if you relocate to another state in the near future please contact us for reinstatement into the Amazon Associates Program.

To avoid confusion, we would like to clarify that this development will only impact our ability to offer the Associates Program to California residents and will not affect their ability to purchase from Amazon.com, Endless.com, MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com.

We have enjoyed working with you and other California-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program and, if this situation is rectified, would very much welcome the opportunity to re-open our Associates Program to California residents. We are also working on alternative ways to help California residents monetize their websites and we will be sure to contact you when these become available.

Regards,

The Amazon Associates Team

1 posted on 06/29/2011 1:31:13 PM PDT by Sneakyuser
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To: Sneakyuser

I got that one too.


2 posted on 06/29/2011 1:32:22 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Sneakyuser

Jerry Brown is an addled old loser. One Democratic pinhead legislator said taxing Amazon sales would bring back business to brick and mortar stores. Who says it’s the California State Assylum’s, whoops, Assembly’s job to make big box stores competitive with online retailers?? How about the money those of us in the middle class save by dealing with Amazon instead?? The Assembly thinks it’s their job to make us pay less competitive prices??


3 posted on 06/29/2011 1:33:46 PM PDT by MissesBush (Obama logic re: Weiner. Twitter your junk = I would resign. Destroy a nation = I deserve re-election)
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To: Sneakyuser
I got that email this morning also.

A Nevada PO box can't be too expensive, can it? :=) That's what I'm considering.

4 posted on 06/29/2011 1:35:30 PM PDT by Bob
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To: MissesBush

Governor Moonbeam meet John Galt


5 posted on 06/29/2011 1:35:39 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sneakyuser
Same thing happened here in Colorado until Gov. Hick decided to repeal the law by his horrible predecessor.

Hick seems to be an "average" governor so far, but Ritter was so bad we may never recover.

6 posted on 06/29/2011 1:43:46 PM PDT by NorCoGOP (Obama's approval ratings: so low that Kenyans now accuse him of being born in the USA)
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To: Sneakyuser

Amazon is a POS company trying to bully the states one by one. Pretty soon they will run out of states to bully and intimidate. I have ordered lots of used books, CDs and DVDs for computer illiterate friends. I notice that some of the biggest dealers are in California

They have been pulling the same scam in Texas....It’s not just Guvnoor Moonbeam’s California


7 posted on 06/29/2011 1:48:47 PM PDT by dennisw (NZT - "works better if you're already smart")
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To: dennisw
Amazon is a POS company trying to bully the states one by one.

really? I'm surprised. what am I missing? I've been hoping Amazon would do this and cheered when I saw the headline.
8 posted on 06/29/2011 1:54:55 PM PDT by stompk
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To: dennisw
Amazon is a POS company trying to bully the states one by one.

Yeah!

Who are they to resist infinite taxation?

All money rightfully belongs to the government.

Stick 'em up!

9 posted on 06/29/2011 1:55:11 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Sarah Palin really was unelectable, state-run media would be begging the GOP to nominate her.)
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To: dennisw
Amazon is a POS company trying to bully the states one by one. Pretty soon they will run out of states to bully and intimidate.

Amazon is a great company. I applaud Amazon for their stand against increasing taxes. I am sure you submit to your state the amount of Sales tax from Amazon purchases?

The tax burden from all levels of government is insanely too high.

I am off to buy more from Amazon today!! Thanks for giving me the incentive (and BTW, I value the sale tax savings) A dollar less in the hands of the government parasite class, is a dollar kept in the productive citizen's hand.

10 posted on 06/29/2011 2:00:07 PM PDT by sand88 (Sarah Palin announces her run: August 12, 2011 11:10am ET)
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To: NorCoGOP

yes. colo was a right to work state.


11 posted on 06/29/2011 2:04:22 PM PDT by ken21 (liberal + rino progressive media hate palin, bachman, cain...)
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To: Sneakyuser

I believe in a level playing field.

If store A sells you a book and that book is subject to a sales tax, then if store B sells you a book it too must be subject to the same sales tax.

IMHO, this is not a matter of over-taxation (although that’s a huge problem in and of itself). It’s a matter of fairness.


12 posted on 06/29/2011 2:08:19 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern? you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: dennisw

Did you come from behind, or under that rock.


13 posted on 06/29/2011 2:09:17 PM PDT by Herodes
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To: Nachum

I’m renting out my address ~ $1000 a year ~ bet that’s far cheaper than California taxes.


14 posted on 06/29/2011 2:10:22 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Leaning Right
Quite frankly, you may be on the wrong board.

We do not highly price this false doctrine of "fairness".

15 posted on 06/29/2011 2:11:27 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: dennisw

They are never going to run out of states, because there are 5 that have no sales tax.


16 posted on 06/29/2011 2:12:42 PM PDT by MrShoop
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To: Bob
Your problem with a P.O. Box is you will need to have your mail picked up regularly.

Might check out the current rules on mail receiving agents too ~ some of them have been smacked down hard for purposes of maintaining mail security (in light of 9/11 and various other tragedies and problems).

The Post Office needs your address to rent you a box. If you use a PO Box for commercial purposes ANYONE can ask for your real address.

Didn't you ask if this was a cheap alternative?

Well, it's not, and it doesn't give you a new address to evade California tax collectors.

Now, about using some other person's address in a distant state ~ that's your business.

17 posted on 06/29/2011 2:15:01 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Leaning Right

Speaking of fairness, it us unfair to force a business to collect and send taxes to the 49 states where it isn’t located. And a bureaucratic nightmare as well, especially for all the small online businesses...


18 posted on 06/29/2011 2:15:42 PM PDT by MrShoop
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To: MissesBush

“The Assembly thinks it’s their job to make us pay less competitive prices??”

Is this interfering with interstate commerce?


19 posted on 06/29/2011 2:16:03 PM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: Leaning Right

As a consumer, I like the ability to not pay sales tax when possible. You must like being taxed more. I guess you can probably find a form for your state to report all non-sales tax purchases you make and pay if you choose. I on the other hand will get a 6% discount in GA whenever possible.


20 posted on 06/29/2011 2:17:21 PM PDT by Codeflier (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - 4 democrat presidents in a row and counting...)
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