backcountry.com drops all california affiliates with no warning!

the email came like a two ton heavy thing to the head. there was no warning. there was no prior call to action. just a simple impersonal email about how we’re screwed. thousands of california affiliates were fired this morning in the same manner. maybe i’m biased (cuz i just got fired), but the letter seems to sound like the new tax law is my fault. trust me, i didn’t actually vote for it.

Hello,
As a result of the affiliate tax nexus law signed yesterday in the State of California, Backcountry.com is terminating its relationships with all California based publishers associated with the State of California effective immediately. Since the tax law goes into effect tomorrow, July 1st, 2011 any publisher traffic resulting in Sales to Backcountry.com after June 30th, 2011 will not qualify for commissions. Please remove all links and discontinue any promotions for Backcountry.com immediately.
We are hopeful to be in a position to continue our relationship in the future.
Sincerely,
blah blah we at walmartcountry.com don’t care about your heathen state despite the fact that you have more affiliates than any other state.

you know what? i think i will change my links. and you know what else. if the folks at altrec, oregon mountain community, evogear, and getzs.com (and many more) continue to support their california affiliates, well you can guess where you will stand when all the chips have fallen.
seems like utah has a thing for screwing california of late.

sincerely,
a former affiliate

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2 Responses to backcountry.com drops all california affiliates with no warning!

  1. My wife has an affiliate program with Amazon on her website and had the same scenario. Since when does it matter what State the website and it’s owner resides?

  2. powdork says:

    since the law was changed yesterday. amazon had at least notified it’s affiliates (and the state of cali) that it would be dropping them. in other states where they are trying to pass similar laws, they are actually called ‘the amazon tax’.