Thursday, March 10, 2011

Closing Shop!

I just received an email from Amazon Associate Program. The program is no longer open to IL residents, due to a new state tax law; so, the MerelyMarie Shop is no more.

Check the message, if you're interested...




Hello, For well over a decade, the Amazon Associates Program has worked with thousands of Illinois residents. Unfortunately, a new state tax law signed by Governor Quinn compels us to terminate this program for Illinois-based participants. It specifically imposes the collection of taxes from consumers on sales by online retailers - including but not limited to those referred by Illinois-based affiliates like you - even if those retailers have no physical presence in the state.
We had opposed this new tax law because it is unconstitutional and counterproductive. It was supported by national retailing chains, most of which are based outside Illinois, 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 its enactment forces this action.
As a result of the new law, contracts with all Illinois affiliates of the Amazon Associates Program will be terminated and those Illinois residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to Amazon.com, Endless.com, or SmallParts.com. Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned prior to April 15, 2011 will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule. Based on your account closure date of April 15, 2011, any final payments will be paid by July 1, 2011.
You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of Illinois. If you are not currently a permanent resident of Illinois, 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 April 15, please contact us for reinstatement into the Amazon Associates Program.
To be clear, this development will only impact our ability to continue the Associates Program in Illinois, and will not affect the ability of Illinois residents to purchase online at www.amazon.com from Amazon’s retail business.
We have enjoyed working with you and other Illinois-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 Illinois residents.
Regards,
The Amazon Associates Team

4 Comments:

At March 10, 2011 at 8:22 PM , Blogger socialitedreams said...

isn't that disappointing? laaaame

 
At March 11, 2011 at 9:40 AM , Blogger NaJaDee said...

I agree with socialitedreams!

 
At March 11, 2011 at 9:42 AM , Blogger Jhan said...

That's pretty sucky... But there is hope! Maybe you can open an etsy or ebay shop.

 
At March 12, 2011 at 11:21 AM , Blogger Marie said...

Thanks Socialite & Najadee: Though I spent a lot of time building the store to fit in/with the blog layout, I'm actually kinda glad this happened when it did...before I made hundreds of posts/reviews linking to items on Amazon. That would've really sucked to have to go back and delete them all!

Jhan: Great suggestion! I'd been thinking about opening one in the future, for the (non-blog) design service. There Is Hope! Thank you:)

 

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