Amazon Associates Program Open Again to Residents of Illinois
I found out last week that the Amazon Associates program has been re-opened for Illinois residents! In 2011, under the state’s Main Street Fairness Act (also known as the “Amazon Tax Law”), a merchant’s physical presence was redefined to include its affiliates. This law was aimed at companies like Amazon, in an attempt to force them to collect state sales tax on items purchased through regional affiliates (effectively making some online sales cheaper than local brick and mortar stores).
Rather than add these additional taxes by state, many companies (notably Amazon) pulled stake and closed their local affiliate programs. But, last October, the Illinois Supreme Court threw out the law and Amazon opened up its program once more to Illinois residents.
I’ve had a few Amazon items for sale here and there on the site, but never really tried to do all that much with it beyond the occasional item. With the program open again, I went back and updated all my links… and figured I’d try to post a few things, prior to the holidays.
The nice thing with the links is that, should someone click one on this site (*cough* *cough*), they don’t necessarily have to buy that particular item for me to get a referral payment. Any item they purchase (within a set time after clicking my original link) also counts as coming from me, and I get some credit as well.
So – if you want to help me out a bit, consider clicking a link and buying a few Sony XBR-84X900 84-Inch TV’s. Or maybe the Zenith Men’s Xtreme Tourbillon Titanium Chronograph Watch is more your style (don’t let the $9.95 shipping dissuade you). Or maybe all you need is just a new lens for your camera?
In all seriousness – I’m going to try to keep the Amazon stuff to a minimum, and prevent this blog from becoming an affiliate link fest. But since this is the first time I’ve been able to do this in two years, I figured I’d have a little fun.
I’ll close with a silly link: in light of the recent Amazon Prime Air news, I figured linking to a quadcopter seems a good first item to highlight. Having a drone deliver this thing to you would just be icing on the cake…