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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Amazon has revenge on and tries to punish Missouri
I just got this email this evening, from Amazon. Seems they're upset. They don't like what's come out of our statehouse:
Greetings from the Amazon Associates Program.
We are writing from the Amazon Associates Program to notify you that
your Associates account will be closed and your Amazon Services LLC
Associates Program Operating Agreement will be terminated effective August 27, 2013.
This is a direct result of the unconstitutional Missouri state tax
collection legislation passed by the state legislature and signed by
Governor Nixon on July 5, 2013, with an effective date of August 28, 2013. As a result, we will no longer pay any advertising fees for customers referred to an Amazon Site after August 27 nor will we accept new applications for the Associates Program from Missouri residents.
Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned prior to August 28, 2013
will be processed and paid in full in accordance with your regular
advertising fee schedule. Based on your account closure date of August 27, 2013, any final payments will be paid by October 31, 2013.
While we oppose this unconstitutional state legislation, we strongly
support the federal Marketplace Fairness Act now pending before
Congress. Congressional legislation is the only way to create a
simplified, constitutional framework to resolve interstate sales tax
issues and it would allow us to re-open our Associates program to
We thank you for being part of the Amazon Associates Program, and look
forward to re-opening our program when Congress passes the Marketplace
The Amazon Associates Team
To which I respond:
Just because you don't like it doesn't make it "unconstitutional." Just ask retailers.