If Amazon loses this battle they have going on with local small business owners and are forced to start charging a sales tax will that spell the end of their affiliate program? Many of these local business owners are up in arms about Amazon being exempt from charging sales tax where as they (the small business owners) are required to charge it by law. Obviously, these owners are struggling because customers are buying online to avoid the tax and Amazon is among the biggest online merchants that there is (which is why I feel they are being singled out here). This could cause some problems for members of Amazon's affiliate program if it's discontinued because of this. Of course this is assuming that they lose they might pull out a surprising victory.