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Amazon.com Just Fired Me

All in one week Governor Quinn has abolished the death penalty, and gotten all us lowly little Amazon.com affiliates fired. Ugh. This is the 2nd “blog income” blow to me this week. You may have seen me tweet about the other. I may post about that soon. Anyway, it’s not like I was making a ton of $$ off of Amazon, but it was always a pleasant surprise to see a deposit from there. I had JUST started thinking about doing a little more with my store. Oh well. Such is life. Here is the email that I got from Amazon:


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.comEndless.com, orSmallParts.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.


The Amazon Associates Team


What worries me most about this is that I know that Amazon was NOT the only online retailer affected. There are others out there. It may just be a matter of time before we receive more emails just like this one. Ugh.

Kris McDonald is Chicago mom to 2 sets of twins, photography nut, gadget addict, travel addict, and tech blogger who has worked in IT for over 16 years. Kris figured out a while ago that she was destined to be really busy (hence the 2 sets of twins), and she has found peace with that. Read More
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  • Anonymous

    We just had the same thing happen here in California 2 this week. I am not happy.

  • I pray that Tennessee doesn’t make any changes like this!

  • I am so sick of politics! It seems like they never make a choice that is going to help their constituents except those that run large businesses who make political contributions. Greedy bastards!

  • LOL. Sorry to hear but it will be ok. I’m sure another money making outlet will pop up for your state to fill the gap

  • The same thing happened in Colorado. So I transferred my Amazon site to my daughter in Kansas, and she now receives any commissions ($13 last time!)

  • Melissas

    HI LittleTechGirl,

    I am so sorry to hear about being “fired” from Amazon.

    I would love the opportunity to work with you and our Buy.com affiliate program!

    Please reach out to me directly,
    Melissa Salas

    Director of Marketing, Buy.com

    • Hi Melissa,

      I believe that I am already signed up. I get emails from you. 🙂 I will take a look and definitely email you if I need anything.

      Thanks so much for your comment!


  • I received that email to, I’m thinking we should probably try to enjoy all the tax free air we can while it last.

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