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Amazon’s Affiliate Program: Amazon Now Allows Connecticut Associates

Amazon has reopened its Associates Program to Connecticut residents. This is welcome news from Amazon. Its been two years since since a new law in CT caused Amazon to terminate all of its Connecticut-based associates instead of applying Connecticut sales taxes to Amazon purchases made within the state.

God Be Praised

Thank Christ Connecticut-based Amazon associates are allowed again. Using a third party on my websites for Amazon sales had been quick to set up but hell because it took all the fire out of making those sales. Having to split that 6% (and up) was torture, especially since I was doing all the work.

Making money on Amazon had been fun up till that point, especially creating custom affiliate ads. It is not easy to make money with a movie website and being exiled from Amazon had made it that much harder.

Other e-tailers websites e.g. Walmart, Buy.com, etc. (mentioned here: Make Money Online) do not have the  sophistication that Amazon’s website has, thus my sales through them were nothing in comparison to my Amazon sales.

With the restoration in place, I and others can say goodbye and good luck to the associate programs we previously flocked to in the wake of Amazon’s contract termination two years ago.

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Why CT Amazon Associates are Now Allowed

With a new Amazon fulfillment center opening in Connecticut, a deal was struck between Amazon and the state of Connecticut. I am guessing it went something like this: you allow us to build a fulfillment center in Connecticut and bring jobs into the state and we will allow you to collect sales tax from your residents on Amazon purchases. It was a win-win for Connecticut and a no-brainer.

Switching Back

All those Amazon Associates that had to use other services and affiliate programs are probably going to or have already switched back to Amazon. I already have. I had to create a new account (my old one could not be restored) but was approved within 24 hours.

When I signed in, I saw that the associates dashboard had changed a little. There were a few new bells and whistles to try out.

Tracking Code

When I signed up for the Amazon Associates Program this time, I set up individual tracking IDs for each of my websites so that I could monitor the clicks and revenue for each of them. The Amazon Associates dashboard allows the user to switch between IDs to isolate clicks and revenue for that ID and for that ID only.

Conclusion

I am overjoyed the conflict between Amazon and Connecticut was resolved and that Connecticut residents can once again enjoy the benefits of Amazon’s Associates Program.

About the author

Rollo Tomasi

A Political Science and MBA grad who started ProMovieBlogger to educate others on what he had learned through trial and error. Cinema and TV addict. Former writer at Empire Movies, Blogcritics, and Alternative Film Guide. In addition to writing for FilmBook (http://film-book.com), he also edits the copy published on the website, manages its writing staff, manages the back-end operations, site finances, its social network accounts, and works with publicists, actors, and companies on press coverage and promotions. He also created and runs Trending Awards.com.

  • Debra Hamel

    This is good news, but I never heard anything from Amazon! I’m also alarmed that we apparently have to set up new accounts. I have literally thousands of links I’ve generated over the years that I had wanted to reactivate should the CT impasse ever be solved.

    • Rollo Tomasi

      I found out about Amazon during a meeting from an adverser when I brought up Amazon and not being able to use them because I am in CT.

      You are going to have to swap out the ID on those products you have linked. It sucks, I know, I had to do it. I am just glad to be back.

      • Debra Hamel

        Thanks, Rollo. I’ve got my new account set up and am working on the links. I’m glad to be back in, too. It was a long two years.

  • Ansley Dawkins

    Thanks for the great content because I wasn’t sure if I could still use my Amazon link. I also had to set up a third party link, which I didn’t use much because I wasn’t sure how the laws work. It is good to know that I can set back up an Amazon Affiliate account in CT. Thanks.
    P.S. Can I refer and share this link on my blog?

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