California is back in business!
NOTE: I had to go back and considerably rewrite this. That sometimes makes it a bit choppy…my apologies in advance.
Amazon has reinstated the Amazon Associates program in California.
Associates can start helping California with its economic woes again.
For those of you who haven’t been following this, here is a brief summary:
Amazon Associates are paid advertising fees when someone clicks on a special link created by the Associate, and then goes to Amazon and buys something.
Associates are, I think, typically individuals and some organizations.
California passed what is called in slang an “Amazon law”. That compels Amazon to collect sales tax for sales into a state, based on a new definition of what constitutes a “nexus” (a physical presence in a state that changes the sales from interstate commerce, regulated by the Federal government, to a state sale, regulated by the state government).
That redefinition in several states has included the presence of Associates in that state.
So, one response by Amazon is to drop the Associates program in those states.
In the case of California, it got pretty messy, with Amazon starting (or at least backing) a state initiative to overturn the law.
California and Amazon have worked out a compromise, which gives Amazon about a year to help get a national sales tax policy (not a national sales tax) passed. If that doesn’t happen, Amazon agrees to start collecting sales in the state.
So, having Associates in California no longer hurts Amazon…it goes back to helping them, as it always has (by producing more sales). Whichever way a national effort goes, it won’t hurt Amazon.
That pretty much brings you up to date.
If you were a California Amazon Associate, you should be getting an e-mail.
While it is too bad for the Associates that didn’t have it reinstated by…oh, say, September 28 for the announcement of the new members of the Kindle family, it is nice that the old links still work. If people go back to old posts of a blog that has those links, those will work again…the Associates don’t have to go back and change them to something new.
What if you are a customer: how does this affect you?
That’s one of the good things. There is no difference for a customer at all. The price of the product is the same.
It’s a great way to support somebody or some organization you like. If you buy by clicking through their links, they get a reward for that from Amazon. You don’t even have t buy the product they described. That’s why a lot of non-profits do it…it’s a painless way to raise revenue.
I’ve always made most of my money on this blog through the Kindle store subscriptions (thanks, subscribers!). I’m proud of that…it says that there are people who think this is worth roughly three cents a day.
If you aren’t an Associate but are interested in being one, it’s pretty easy. You do need a website (a blog is fine), and you need to have a way for them to pay you. There’s more to it than that, but those are two of the main elements. You can start here:
“Bufo Calvin is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.”
This post by Bufo Calvin appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.