Getting Amazon Affiliate fees in California


Amazon recently announced that it will cease paying affiliate reward to its California associates. As a startup very reliant on affiliate fees, is there any way to get around this?

Background: We registered as an LLC outside of the state and just moved to Cali.

2nd question: Even if I am in California, would Amazon have any way of knowing if all my cards/addresses supplied to them are still back home?

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asked Aug 1 '11 at 08:12
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  • If the legal entity is not based in California you shouldn't have a problem should you? – Susan Jones 13 years ago

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Amazon will not let you be an affiliate because you are a CA resident. Please see Re-incorporation Won’t Save Amazon Affiliate from Termination.

Disclaimer: This information does not constitute legal advice and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

answered Aug 1 '11 at 15:06
Dana Shultz
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  • Updated post with a question – Babonk 13 years ago
  • I have no idea of what Amazon is capable of knowing. When I advise clients, I generally recommend that they not lie. – Dana Shultz 13 years ago


At the moment I think you are stuck. I believe that Amazon has cut off all business with its California affiliates because California is claiming that they constitute a business situs in the state. California says that Amazon must collect sales tax on sales within the state because Amazon has a situs in the state. Amazon is trying to get enough signatures to qualify a proposition for the November ballot that would prevent the state from collecting the tax.

answered Aug 1 '11 at 14:49
Jack Rodenhi
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  • Update post with a question, also where can I get more info on this proposition? – Babonk 13 years ago


I am a NC resident and face the same problem. It seems that Amazon ceased their Associate program in several states that are demanding state tax be collected. I also looked into using an agent to incorporate a business in another state but apparently that isn't a valid work around. It seems I am still not eligible for their program simply because I'm a resident of NC.

answered Aug 31 '11 at 18:16
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  • How do they know you are still a resident? – Babonk 12 years ago

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