Update Rivers Critters Amazon Store
Amazon has re-instated the Amazon Associates Program in the state of Minnesota. Rivers Critters is in the process of rebuilding our Amazon store. Once again, we are encouraging purchasing through Amazon.
Starting July 1, 2013 the State of Minnesota is now requiring all companies selling into the state to collect Minnesota Sales Tax. As a result of this change, Amazon will no longer pay Rivers Critters Ranch a commission on products or books that we recommend on our website. This is a source of income for Rivers Critters Ranch and will have an impact on our bottom line. While I agree with Amazon that there needs to be a federal program to collect sales tax (Marketplace Fairness Act) I do take issue with Amazon taking their frustrations with the state of MN by punishing us.
So what can we do? Do I stop recommending books and products that will help fellow farmers? I can't do that do that...helping others by sharing what we know is one of our core beliefs. Where was Amazon when the State of MN was considering this legislation? How active has Amazon been with the federal Marketplace Fairness Act? What about the state of MN, do they support the federal Marketplace Fairness Act?
Until this issue is resolved and our Amazon Associates Program is reinstated, Rivers Critters Ranch will no longer be endorsing Amazon as a source for products.
Email Received From The Amazon Associates Team
We are writing from the Amazon Associates Program to notify you that your Associates account will be closed and your Amazon Services LLC Associates Program Operating Agreement will be terminated effective June 30, 2013. This is a direct result of the unconstitutional Minnesota state tax collection legislation passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor Dayton on May 23, 2013, with an effective date of July 1, 2013. As a result, we will no longer pay any advertising fees for customers referred to an Amazon Site after June 30 nor will we accept new applications for the Associates Program from Minnesota residents.
Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned prior to July 1, 2013, will be processed and paid in full in accordance with your regular advertising fee schedule. Based on your account closure date of June 30, 2013, any final payments will be paid by August 30, 2013.
While we oppose this unconstitutional state legislation, we strongly support the federal Marketplace Fairness Act now pending before Congress. Congressional legislation is the only way to create a simplified, constitutional framework to resolve interstate sales tax issues and it would allow us to re-open our Associates program to Minnesota residents.
We thank you for being part of the Amazon Associates Program, and look forward to re-opening our program when Congress passes the Marketplace Fairness Act.
The Amazon Associates Team