Walmart's Pitch for Amazon Affiliates

First it was Barnes & Noble. Now Walmart is trying to capitalize on Amazon.com’s sales-tax battles with state governments.

Walmart.com said Wednesday that it “welcomes Amazon and Overstock California affiliates,” or websites that direct traffic to the online retailers. The move comes after Amazon said late last month that it would cut ties with California affiliates if legislators passed a law that would require Amazon to collect state sales tax because of its relationship with the affiliates.

The Seattle-based online retailer has already battled other state governments over the issue. Amazon has already ended affiliate programs in Hawaii, North Carolina and Rhode Island, after those states passed similar legislation. It is also fighting a court battle over the issue in New York.

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