Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Well, now...

I guess I'm going to have to vote against every sitting state congresscritter in the next elections.  Because even if they didn't directly vote for it, they didn't stop it, either.

What did the Missouri state legislature do, you may ask?

Well, I just got an email from Amazon:

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 Missouri residents.

We thank you for being part of the Amazon Associates Program, and look forward to re-opening our program when Congress passes the Marketplace Fairness Act.
That means I will have to re-do all of the links to my books, on this site, and on The Godshead Tavern blog.  That means that when one of y'all click through on one of my books, or a product I recommend after August 27, I won't get any money from your order. 

Granted, I've made a total of five dollars and eighteen cents that way over the course of a year, but...others actually make a good living that way, and Jay fucking Nixon, and his merry band of prostate-licking twunts have really fucked all of us over big time. 


  1. I have an Amazon sellers account. Georgia is going to start collecting state sales tax 1 September. I wonder if they will dump my account? That would be tough, because I put about a thousand books on it and I have another thousand in my collection I haven't even entered yet. On the other hand, it's a lot of work and I never list the books for enough money so I am actually in the hole a lot of times after I pay for packing and shipping.

    1. I have no idea. I just wish that states weren't so short-sighted.

    2. California screwed a lot of people when they passed this kind of law. Business unfriendly states quickly learn that businesses such as Amazon can quickly take their ball and go home. Hope it works out for y'all.

    3. There are one or two other states that have done this. Amazon has withdrawn the associates program from them, too.