[CLOSED]Banned Amazon affiliate states?

by DR Werba 28 replies
Hi, I've been searching google for an updated list of banned states for Amazon's affiliate program. can't find anything, not even at amazon. Anyone know of a site that has a list? better yet, if Arizona is approved? thanks, d.
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  • Profile picture of the author pamb10
    You can find out the states on the Amazon Associates Program Operating Agreement. It is listed as the last paragraph in section 2.

    It states: In addition, if at any time following your enrollment in the Program you become a resident of Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina, Rhode Island, or Connecticut, you will become ineligible to participate in the Program, and this Operating Agreement will automatically terminate, on the date you establish residency in that state. In addition, you must promptly notify us in writing of your Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina, Rhode Island, or Connecticut residency.

    Hope that helps.
    Pam
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    • Profile picture of the author DR Werba
      Originally Posted by pamb10 View Post

      You can find out the states on the Amazon Associates Program Operating Agreement. It is listed as the last paragraph in section 2.

      It states: In addition, if at any time following your enrollment in the Program you become a resident of Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina, Rhode Island, or Connecticut, you will become ineligible to participate in the Program, and this Operating Agreement will automatically terminate, on the date you establish residency in that state. In addition, you must promptly notify us in writing of your Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina, Rhode Island, or Connecticut residency.

      Hope that helps.
      Pam
      Thanks Pam, i had read that california was banned too but they weren't listed there, so figured i'd ask here. gonna proceed and signup, thanks again, d.
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    • Profile picture of the author BradVert2013
      Originally Posted by pamb10 View Post

      You can find out the states on the Amazon Associates Program Operating Agreement. It is listed as the last paragraph in section 2.

      It states: In addition, if at any time following your enrollment in the Program you become a resident of Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina, Rhode Island, or Connecticut, you will become ineligible to participate in the Program, and this Operating Agreement will automatically terminate, on the date you establish residency in that state. In addition, you must promptly notify us in writing of your Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina, Rhode Island, or Connecticut residency.

      Hope that helps.
      Pam
      Illinois is no longer banned. Our state supreme court overturned the "Amazon law." I finally have my Associate account back!
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      • Profile picture of the author Kiyarameru
        Originally Posted by BradVert2013 View Post

        Illinois is no longer banned. Our state supreme court overturned the "Amazon law." I finally have my Associate account back!

        Really? This is awesome news. A few days back I was just thinking about how I was saddened by the idea of not being able to have a Amazon associates account. Thanks for sharing.
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    • Originally Posted by pamb10 View Post

      You can find out the states on the Amazon Associates Program Operating Agreement. It is listed as the last paragraph in section 2.

      It states: In addition, if at any time following your enrollment in the Program you become a resident of Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina, Rhode Island, or Connecticut, you will become ineligible to participate in the Program, and this Operating Agreement will automatically terminate, on the date you establish residency in that state. In addition, you must promptly notify us in writing of your Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina, Rhode Island, or Connecticut residency.

      Hope that helps.
      Pam
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    See this Amazon Affiliate Program Shutdown

    Looks like it was reinstated in Cali.
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  • Profile picture of the author genei
    Yes, California was reinstated when the bill to tax goods sold in the Internet failed. Can't recall if Governor Brown did not sign it or if it failed in the legislature. This is a good reason not to make Amazon a main source of income. Many folks lost a good chunk of their businesses through this. I think the only alternative is to incorporate your business in a different State, but I am not sure of the legalities of that.
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    • Profile picture of the author dfs_dean
      This blog post by the Performance Marketing Association (PMA) lists the states. It includes Georgia but it actually goes into effect (the nexus part of the "tax reform bill" the state passed) in October, not July, if I'm not mistaken.

      Blog Post Link

      Also, a judge in Illinois ruled that state's law unconstitutional in a suit brought by the PMA.

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    • Profile picture of the author dsimms
      Sounds to be that the Amazon affiliates should have come together
      for a class action lawsuit...Its sounds like very retard behavior for
      a company to ban states/affiliates because they dislike a tax/law, so in
      return they punish the affiliates/states? The very same affiliates that make them $$$. What will amazon say next? we are going to dump our entire
      affiliate network because we do not need them anymore; I guess
      they could do that, but expect massive amazon layoffs if it happened...
      If they ban the entire affiliate network massive profit loses, etc....

      If amazon takes away my $10/mo site then no harm, no foul, move on,
      if they take away my $10k/mo account because they act foolish, and take
      away my living for some non-legit reason, then I see litigation....

      If you are doing the right thing, then you should never be scared
      of having to loose your income from amazon just because they
      want to hold affiliates/states hostages in order to get their way....

      In my personal opinion, it sounded like it was amazon's way to dump
      highly paid earners, then move on, then start over again later....

      and why shouldn't amazon get sued for pulling such a stunt?
      The most unethical practices that I have ever heard of...

      Originally Posted by genei View Post

      Yes, California was reinstated when the bill to tax goods sold in the Internet failed. Can't recall if Governor Brown did not sign it or if it failed in the legislature. This is a good reason not to make Amazon a main source of income. Many folks lost a good chunk of their businesses through this. I think the only alternative is to incorporate your business in a different State, but I am not sure of the legalities of that.
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  • Profile picture of the author AdamCooperOnline
    Just curious, does anyone know or has anyone tried to get set up as an affiliate with Amazon who lives in one of the banned states using a relative's or friend's address in an approved state?
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    • Profile picture of the author tdbasha
      Originally Posted by AdamCooperOnline View Post

      Just curious, does anyone know or has anyone tried to get set up as an affiliate with Amazon who lives in one of the banned states using a relative's or friend's address in an approved state?
      Ah, yes. :rolleyes:

      My mother in law lives in another state.

      All I did was change my address to her state when I received the notice from Amazon (like 3-4 years ago). I'm still using the same bank account in my state.

      So, when she receives my W-2 form Amazon, she mails it to me.

      I have never had any issues or questions from Amazon. And, last year was pretty good for my Amazon income (not that it is huge, but respectable).

      But, beware, play at your own risk.
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      • Originally Posted by tdbasha View Post

        Ah, yes. :rolleyes:

        My mother in law lives in another state.

        All I did was change my address to her state when I received the notice from Amazon (like 3-4 years ago). I'm still using the same bank account in my state.

        So, when she receives my W-2 form Amazon, she mails it to me.

        I have never had any issues or questions from Amazon. And, last year was pretty good for my Amazon income (not that it is huge, but respectable).

        But, beware, play at your own risk.

        So Amazon had no problem with the fact that your bank account was in the banned state? What about state taxes, don't you need to file in the state where your mother in law lives?
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      • Profile picture of the author jlynne
        Originally Posted by tdbasha View Post

        Ah, yes. :rolleyes:

        My mother in law lives in another state.

        All I did was change my address to her state when I received the notice from Amazon (like 3-4 years ago). I'm still using the same bank account in my state.

        So, when she receives my W-2 form Amazon, she mails it to me.

        I have never had any issues or questions from Amazon. And, last year was pretty good for my Amazon income (not that it is huge, but respectable).

        But, beware, play at your own risk.
        Is your Affiliate account separate from the account you purchase with?
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    • Profile picture of the author Ann Zeise
      Originally Posted by AdamCooperOnline View Post

      Just curious, does anyone know or has anyone tried to get set up as an affiliate with Amazon who lives in one of the banned states using a relative's or friend's address in an approved state?
      Yes, I did that. I live in California, and my brother in Montana agreed to be my "Affiliate Programs Manager." We set up the account in his name. He got the payments, and he was sent the earnings. I paid him a percentage for his troubles, and because he was going to pay the taxes. He sent me the balance.

      Montana got their state tax revenue. The IRS got their fair share. Only California lost in the deal.

      Another California friend just made their college son in another state the owner of their Amazon account, so he got the money they were probably going to be sending him anyway for college living.

      Large corporations do this all the time! Doing things like shifting their "headquarters" to Ireland or someplace else with a tax advantage. No reason us little guys can't do it, too.
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  • Profile picture of the author MYDCOM
    I live in colorado, a banned state. Instead I use ebay partner network to promote physical products. It's not bad. I do miss Amazon though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Wayne
    Amazon has opened the affiliate program to residents of Illinois again, since the state supreme court ruled the internet sales tax unconstitutional in October of last year.
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  • Profile picture of the author satrap
    I know my state, Missouri, is one of them.
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  • Profile picture of the author greg80221
    If your business mailing address is in another state you are fine. I use a mail forwarding service to have a "good" mailing address. As a sole proprieter you would not have to incorporate in another state per se as long as you do not have a LLC established. Now of course I am no lawyer or amazon specialist or a tax accountant so grain of salt, but I have been doing fine with a mailbox in one state and me in another state.
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  • Profile picture of the author elidean
    good information I am in North Carolina and I thought about becoming an affiliate , I did not know my state was banned
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    That list keeps on growing. I wonder, is Washington DC a state? Certainly glad I do not live in a state with a ban, but we do worry. Frankly, we like to do business with amazon. They always pay us. Yeah, this company is a proven winner. However, it seems they add more states to the ban list every year.
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  • Profile picture of the author BeckyF3506
    Vermont is now banned. Woke up one day a couple months ago to a notification that my Amazon associate account was no more.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyW
    What's the current list of states where it's banned?
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    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      https://affiliate-program.amazon.com...ates/agreement

      In addition, if at any time following your enrollment in the Program you become a resident of Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Missouri, Rhode Island, or Vermont, you will become ineligible to participate in the Program, and this Operating Agreement will automatically terminate, on the date you establish residency in that state. In addition, you must promptly notify us in writing of your Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Missouri, Rhode Island, or Vermont residency, which you may do via the Contact Associates Customer Service form available here.
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      • Profile picture of the author joe3eagles
        According to the current version of the above paragraph, the only states that are still banned are Arkansas and Maine. (Which makes me happy, since I live in Colorado.)
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    Can people just go to amazon. they have it posted in their affiliate section

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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Alfred
    Hi,

    This issue has been resolved.

    Thread Closed.

    Thank you!
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