New to HUB.
Just tried to add Amazon Ads and it said:
Residents of Colorado, North Carolina or Rhode Island are not eligible to participate in the Associates program.
If this is true, then we who live in NC are at a disadvantage to earning money, correct?
Any other tips on where to go to lock on for money making prospects?
Petition your govener, or whatever you have in America. A large number of states prevented the tax laws goign through which caused Amazon to drop these states.
The best thing you can do is send a letter explaining how this is impacting you and why the law needs to be changed to bring Amazon back in to your state.
Sadly, in a few states, Amazon would have to pay sales taxes (I believe) if anyone from the state who is an affiliate sells something - this even applies if Amazon doesn't have a 'building' there - the only real option for them was to not allow any affiliates from those states - I would expect that as more and more states start to do this, Amazon will have to change the policy....
I'd concentrate on Google Adsense if I were you - the other avenue to explore is eBay affiliates - but this tends to be a lot harder to get....
Also, it is hard to argue that Amazon shouldn't pay tax when everyone else does. At least it is hard to argue of ypu want indy book stores to be able to compete fairly for customers.
Imagine my dismay when I just started getting a good bit of sales going through Amazon and then BAM, surprise, had my account closed.
Sucks, but the interesting thing was that my Adsense started jumping like hot cakes after Amazon gave me the one-finger salute.
One of two things will fix this:
Either these laws are declared unconstitutional (I think that is what should happen) or every other State does exactly the same thing and Amazon will have to deal with it.
Thats a scary thing, I would be so angry to logon to Amazon or HubPages and find my affiliate status closed! Please leave Minnesota alone Amazon!!!!!
They shut me down too because I live in NC. It stinks but what can you do.
I understand Amazon's issue. I sell all over the country. I certainly don't want to have to deal with fifty different states with fifty different laws. I don't want file fifty different sales tax forms - filing Massachusetts is annoying enough. You have to know WHAT is taxable to start with - for example, in some states, services are taxable, in others they are not.
But I see nothing wrong with being required to report the sale. That's going to start happening in 2011 anyway: anybody selling more than $20,000 total to 200 people or more will be reported to the IRS (see https://cms.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/marke … s/IRS6050W ). Additionally, any transaction of over $600 will require a 1099 - see http://www.taxgirl.com/new-rules-about- … ng-a-stir/
Of course States get the same info, so I say let the state collect whatever taxes are due directly from the customer. Let them argue over what is taxable and what is not - why should that be my or Amazon's problem?
States do have computers, right?
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