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    Exclamation Merchants Removing CT Affiliates *UPDATED*
    If Kevin can mod this thread like the NY one I would be a happy camper

    So far I have ..

    Drs Foster & Smith -
    Fingerhut -
    Hammacher Schlemmer - CJ
    OnlineShoes -
    ShopNBC -
    The Lakeside Collection - LS
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    Hammacher Schlemmer - CJ

    Dear --------,

    Due to business reasons connected with the new online tax law in Connecticut, we have chosen to remove all Connecticut affiliates, effective March 31st, 2009. We regret having to do this and hope that the law may be struck down in the future so that we may be able to resume the productive business relationships we have enjoyed with you. We can assure you all commissions earned through March 31, 2009 will be paid on the normal payment schedule, however, we will be unable to pay commission on any sales generated after March 31, 2009.

    Even though you have seven days before you are expired from our program we would appreciate it if you would remove our links from your site effective immediately.

    We appreciate your understanding in this matter and look forward to working with you again.

    Regards,

    Hammacher Schlemmer Affiliate Team
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    Magi, what might work better is to use your list and when you want to update, copy and paste list in new post with addition(s) in correct spot. If the terminations start coming in quickly it would be easier if you update yourself. The additions get lost in the sea of posts.

    Also, remember many merchants will not give residency as a reason for many different reasons. This is especially true when the terminations come after the date the law takes effect (it might be considered an admission nexus existed).

    To make following up easier, list the networks.

    Your current list:

    Drs Foster & Smith -
    Fingerhut -
    Hammacher Schlemmer - CJ
    ShopNBC -
    Melanie
    President - Affiliate Advocacy 2008 ShareaSale Performance Industry Advocate Award, 2009 Affiliate Summit Pinnacle Award - Affiliate Advocate
    Affiliate Advocacy
    NYAffiliateVoice Seery Writing

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    Never fear .. Kevin is here .. somewhere. .

    Hes a super mod person and can edit ...

    Oh Kevin .. where art thou ?

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    ok. lifelock just removed me..not sure if this relates to the CT tax law......anyone else?

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    Dear OnlineShoes.com Affiliate:

    Due to business reasons connected with the new online tax law in Connecticut, we have chosen to remove all Connecticut affiliates, effective today. We regret having to do this and hope that the law may be struck down in the future so that we may be able to resume the productive business relationships we have enjoyed with you.

    We appreciate your understanding in this matter and look forward to working with you again.

    Regards,
    The OnlineShoes.com Affiliate Team

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    The Lakeside Collection - LS

    "We regret to inform you that The Lakeside Collection has removed you from their affiliate program. Merchants may remove affiliates from their programs for many different reasons, including violation of legal terms, inactivity, changes in site content, or if they reside in the states of New York or Connecticut due to the tax nexus, etc. If you feel that you have been removed in error, or would like further clarification on why you were removed, please contact affiliates@lakeside.com."


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    Dear wonderful admins please add this to the list above, thanks!

    Notes I got the notice 4/16 but I didnt post it here .. most of been a busy day :\
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    Hi all.

    I just posted an update and call to action on a new post. Please please get involved now, I mean now as in 12 midnight or 8am in the morning. Read my post or PM me to help out and spread the word to as many CT affiliates as possible.

    http://www.abestweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=131161

    Thanks,

    John

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    ThinkGeek Affiliate Announcement
    Just got this notice ..

    Looks alittle ahead of schedule ...???

    To all NY, CT, NC, and RI affiliates. We regret to inform you that we have decided to discontinue relationships with affiliates who have a "physical presence" in the states of CT, NC, and RI due to recent changes in sales tax laws. As some of you know, we announced the same change in NY last year. We have not taken this decision in isolation, as other major retailers are also severing affiliate relations in these states.

    We will continue to monitor this situation very closely. There is a drive in RI to repeal this tax, and in NY Amazon is fighting the law in the courts. If and when change is enacted, we will move quickly to invite you back into the program. Additional information may be obtained from your state legislature and via the Performance Marketing Alliance website at http://www.performancemarketingalliance.com/ .


    Commission Junction gives a 7-day window in which you may still receive commissions after we expire the relationship. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email.


    Sincerely,

    Adam Shaffer
    ThinkGeek Affiliate Manager
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    1-800-PetMeds (Linkshare)

    We regret to inform you that 1-800-PetMeds has removed you from their Affiliate Program due to the Internet Tax law in your particular state. This in effect forces Internet retailers to collect sales tax on all sales to residents of your billing state.

    Due to your state's decision and the new legislation we must temporarily discontinue our existing relationships with our current affiliates in the State of Rhode Island, North Carolina, and New York while the constitutionality of this new legislation is being challenged in the Courts.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We regret being forced to take this unfortunate action and we remain hopeful that we can renew our relationship in the future should the courts resolve these issues favorably.

    Interesting, they didnt even add in CT in the email.. they appear to have just sent out the old email from the other states.
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    Overstock notification to CT Affiliates:

    April 14, 2010


    Dear Affiliate:

    Overstock.com values your advertising efforts, and hopes to be in a position to continue our relationship
    for years to come. However, we are writing to inform you that the Connecticut state legislature has
    introduced a bill which, if passed, will adversely affect both of our businesses.

    Connecticut House Bill 5481 (An Act Concerning the Collection and Remittance of the Sales Tax by
    Remote Sellers) ("HB 5481") has been introduced for consideration. HB 5481 was modeled on a bill first
    passed in New York. In essence, HB 5481 attempts to establish the responsibility for collection of sales
    tax on out-of-state retailers if those out-of-state retailers use Connecticut-based affiliate advertisers.

    We believe such a bill is not only harmful to business, but unconstitutional and contrary decisions by the
    U.S. Supreme Court. More importantly, if such a bill is passed, Overstock.com will be forced to sever
    its relationships with all Connecticut-based affiliate advertisers before the bill becomes effective. We
    have done this in each state where such legislation has passed: New York, North Carolina and Rhode
    Island.

    If passed, HB 5481 is scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2010. However, out of an abundance of
    caution, we may be forced to sever our relationships immediately upon passage of HB 5481. Thus, this
    letter is notice to you that if such a law passes, termination of services could occur without prior notice
    to you. We will, however, try to provide advance notice.

    Additionally, when opposed, we have seen bills like HB 5481 change to include variations of
    unconstitutional tax notice and reporting laws and other types of bills equally harmful to our business
    and customer relations. Such variations may not specifically mention an affiliate advertising business
    model. The attempted justification for all such unconstitutional laws rests on the types of business
    connections a business such as ours has to the particular state. Accordingly, states which seek to justify
    unconstitutional burdens on the basis of minor business connections, will cause us to reconsider
    whether we can afford to maintain our business connections in those states, including whether we
    ought to discontinue the affiliate advertizing program we both benefit from. We believe it is in both
    your and our best interests to oppose all types of unconstitutional bills.

    Again, we hope legislation such as this does not pass. Overstock.com values your advertising efforts and
    is hopeful that, like other states recently examining and rejecting these types of laws, Connecticut will
    also see that this bill is bad for business and bad for Connecticut.

    Respectfully,


    Jonathan E. Johnson III
    President
    Overstock.com, Inc.
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