Amazon affiliate killing, southern-style

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affiliate11.jpgADOTAS — Tax them to death.

I have written several stories about how the federal government and states are enacting laws, clarifying existing ones, or in the processing of, to force companies with no physical presence in the state to collect and remit taxes, obviously affecting affiliate businesses. New York and California have been the major battlegrounds that prompted Overstock to leave New York, and also led it and Amazon to file lawsuits, arguing the tax law was unconstitutional.

Overstock left New York, while Amazon stayed. But Amazon  appears to be leaving North Carolina.

“We regret to inform you that the North Carolina state legislature (the General Assembly) appears ready to enact an unconstitutional tax collection scheme that would leave Amazon.com little choice but to end its relationships with North Carolina-based Associates. You are receiving this e-mail because our records indicate that you are an Amazon Associate and resident of North Carolina.”

In the middle of a recession, job-killers are not the way to go.

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