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New York Affiliate Marketers – It’s Time To Move To Texas

Written by George Manty  · May 16, 2008

I have been VERY busy getting ready for our new baby to come. So I wasn’t planning on writing any news related posts, but…

This news is TOO BIG

If you haven’t already read about it, New York has passed a state law that is going to seriously affect online businesses. I found this out first on Andy Beard’s blog when he wrote “Amazon vs New York – Affiliate Can of Worms“. Amazon is suing the state of New York over this law that will require them to collect sales tax from New York residents even though Amazon is not based in New York. For the legal/tax aspects of this issue click here.

The next day Andy wrote:

Today’s news is that Overstock have decided that they are axing 3400 affiliates in the New York area because of the previously reported “Amazon Tax” – which Amazon is fighting.

Apparently, California is considering passing a similar law.

I imagine many other companies will follow Overstock’s lead. I plan on launching a product this year with an affiliate program, and I now plan on restricting affiliates from New York from promoting my product. That kind of stinks… but it seems like the best option.

Anyway, all of you New Yorkers should move to Texas, because as a conservative as we are here, Texas will be one of the last states to adopt this ridiculous policy if it ever gets past the Supreme court…

Oh, wait Texas has thrown their hat into the ring too... UGHH… so much for my Texas pride, good thing I am originally from Florida… Florida would never do such a thing, right?

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4 Responses to “New York Affiliate Marketers – It’s Time To Move To Texas”

  1. Doug aka nullvariable on May 18th, 2008 6:01 pm

    I don’t like it but its sort of inevitable considering the amount of tax revenue that is being lost because of online ecommerce… are there other solutions? I think the inevitable progression will be a internet connection tax that will vary by state…

  2. Greg from Make Money Online on May 18th, 2008 10:22 pm

    New Yorkersare already overtaxed. The government is too big and want too much money from everyone. If they want to do something to help everyone they should figure out a way to lower gas prices.

  3. artracejr on May 22nd, 2008 9:34 pm

    I live near Houston ,theres no slowdown in trafic, people just keep paying for gas. Housing is cheap here no state income tax .Good place for internet market.


  4. Offpage SEO on June 26th, 2008 2:19 pm

    I agree with ‘artracejr’. No state tax so come on down to Tejas!