Consumerist reader Sean C. thought he was having a lucky day on June 29 when he finally earned some money through the Amazon Associates referral program, to the tune of around $500. Unfortunately June 29 was also the day Amazon ceased the program in California.
Responding to a new law that would affix a sales tax to Amazon purchases made in California, Amazon announced it will drop its Affiliates program in the state. Affiliates members help sell Amazon products and get a cut of the proceeds. Dropping the program’s California users would presumably spare Amazon from having to collect sales tax on its California transactions.
This morning, Amazon e-mailed all North Carolina residents who are part of its Associates program to notify them that their accounts will be terminated in the next few weeks.