onepointone - 9:10 am on Jan 10, 2011 (gmt 0)
Even though these laws have damaged me as an affiliate, I could see the point of them if they actually worked, and generated revenue to "even the playing field" etc.
But what from I have seen, and read, they don't work. Merchants just close their affiliate programs to affiliates in certain states. Plus, there are 'workarounds' for affiliates. If you are affected, just look around for them.
Does anyone know of a merchant that started to collect tax based on one of these laws? *
Amazon?, no sympathy here for them either. They seem to fight to the death to avoid it, but will, can, and do collect tax when forced to.
Other similar merchants (example B&N) somehow manage to collect tax.
*amazon caught off-guard in N.Y. and had to start collecting sales tax.