I am not a happy camper.
For the past couple of years, I have been what is called an "Associate" with Amazon.com, and have been an honest believer in their company and what they offer for consumers in terms of generally lower prices than other websites, a huge stock of merchandise and an easy way to shop online.
On Monday I (as well as over 4,000 others) received an email from Amazon that stated that since I am a resident of Colorado, and that since Colorado recently passed some legislation regarding taxation on the internet, that I was now being dismissed from the program. No notice, no prior information on "Hey, this is coming..." - Just poof, gone.
I won't go into too many of the "gory details" of exactly what this means to me personally, but I wanted to let my readers know that this action (though still within the realms of a clause of their affiliate contract) lacks in common decency. Why?
- Amazon did not provide any sort of notice on this to allow their partners the time or wherewithal to make changes in their business to compensate or somehow "ease the blow"
- ...Which means, they are making money from my efforts, and I will receive nothing in return. Does this sound like "something for nothing"? It is.
Yes, I disagree with the bill that Colorado passed (HB 10-1193) and have also stated my viewpoint to the "powers that be" in my state. However - Amazon's retaliation action on this was to "bite" their partners, rather than asking for help from them or providing them with a "teamwork" action that would effectively handle the problem without injuring those who helped Amazon to achieve their current status in the first place. This is not righting a wrong, it is making something that is wrong - MUCH wronger. =(
This has hurt a number of people including myself, and I will no longer be recommending products from Amazon, nor will I shop there ever again. (And goodness knows I have done a lot of shopping there in the past!)
Note: In the past I had made the assumption that Amazon (since it is so big) was "the only fish in the sea". That was a wrong assumption to make! I have spent a good amount of time over the past couple of days looking around at other resources and you know what? They're out there! =D
Should you buy Toys from Amazon? I can only give my own personal viewpoint on this -- I myself would never support a company that behaves in such an unprofessional and "strong arm" fashion. (I never liked bullies on the playground either.)
All for today -