They don't wanna play with us anymore.
Here is the actual letter I received regarding the end– just for Connecticut residents– of the Amazon Affiliate program .
Me: O hai.
For well over a decade, the Amazon Associates Program has worked with thousands of Connecticut residents. Unfortunately, the budget signed by Governor Malloy contains a sales tax provision that compels us to terminate this program for Connecticut-based participants effective immediately.
I see. So you're not prepared to play by the rules like a brick-and-mortar business? OK.
It specifically imposes the collection of taxes from consumers on sales by online retailers – including but not limited to those referred by Connecticut-based affiliates like you – even if those retailers have no physical presence in the state.
We opposed this new tax law because it is unconstitutional and counterproductive.
Not sure I agree with you there…
It was supported by big-box retailers,
most of which are based outside Connecticut, that seek to harm the affiliate advertising programs of their competitors.
I'm not sure they care about us little affiliates. They are already getting pretty big tax breaks here…
Similar legislation in other states has led to job and income losses, and little, if any, new tax revenue.
I would like to see your data on this.
We deeply regret that we must take this action.
As a result of the new law, contracts with all Connecticut residents participating in the Amazon Associates Program will be terminated today, June 10, 2011.
Oh. Thanks for the advance notice.
Those Connecticut 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 today, June 10, 2011, will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule.
Yippee. All three cents.
You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of Connecticut. If you are not currently a resident of Connecticut, 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 after June 10, 2011, please contact us for reinstatement into the Amazon Associates Program.
I'm not sure that I would wish to be "reinstated" if I were to move to another state. You might suddenly shut down again for some other reason.
To avoid confusion, we would like to clarify that this development will only impact our ability to offer the Associates Program to Connecticut residents and will not affect their ability to purchase from www.amazon.com.
Oh no, of course not. But won't I have to pay sales tax on those purchases? But you're not closing down in protest?
We have enjoyed working with you and other Connecticut-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 Connecticut residents.
The Amazon Associates Team
So, if you were wondering, that's what happened to my nifty little Amazon Affiliate Shop filled with handy dandy style tools.