Amazon Cuts Affiliates in Two More States to Avoid Taxes

Amazon has severed relationships with affiliate websites in two new states — Connecticut and Arkansas — following the passage of measures that require them to charge sales tax on purchases made through affiliates, reports AP. The so-called “Amazon Tax” doesn’t typically affect sales made directly from online retailers, like Amazon or Overstock.com. In a statement, Amazon said it opposes the laws because they are “unconstitutional and counterproductive.”


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work