47-01_amazon-dot-comThe Amazon is not only the world’s largest river,  it’s also the world’s largest online retailer and it’s busy making some surprising changes. Upon the passage of new laws in Rhode Island and North Carolina, Amazon.com made the swift decision to cut ties with all affiliates in those regions.  The new legislation states that any company that has affiliates based in the prospective states must charge sales tax on items sold to residents in that state.  This essentially equates amazon.com affiliates to amazon.com stores located in that state (of which there are none), something that Amazon, as well as other Internet Retailer 500 companies, like Brickhouse Security, view as corrupt and are acting accordingly. Labeling affiliate marketers as sales agents rather than advertising channels is inaccurate, said Rebecca Madigan, founder of the affiliate trade group Performance Marketing Alliance.

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