Posted by Mitch Mitchell on Dec 4, 2008
Back in May, I wrote a post about New York state’s new law to force affiliate programs to start collecting taxes from those of us who market their products, and how I started having affiliates dropping me from their programs. I followed that one up a couple of weeks later with this article talking about how six affiliates had dropped me, and I wasn’t happy about it.
Well, after the initial round, nothing more happened, and I moved on, not thinking about it again. Suddenly, however, this week I’ve had three more affiliates drop me, mentioning this same thing about New York state. All I can conclude is that New York had thought about backing off of it a little bit, but with the big budget crunch because of the failing of the financial markets, which impacts New York more than other states because part of the budget is based on receiving residuals off positive stock market returns, they’ve come on full force and made these demands without reservation.
It puts one in an interesting position. After all, it’s not like I’ve been making money hands over fist with some of these affiliates, and yet I feel as though that next sale might have been just around the corner, and now this. Frankly, I don’t like it one bit, but there’s obviously nothing I can do. Well, there’s also something I have to do, that being going back through all my posts, looking for those particular ads, and removing them. I also have to look at a couple of my other sites and remove those advertisers there. It’s irritating, but if anyone purchases something from them I won’t get paid for it, so why keep promoting them, right?
Yup, it’s tough doing business in New York, no matter what type of business one is trying to do.