Via Hacker News: We are writing from th…

Via Hacker News:

We are writing from the Amazon Associates Program to notify you that your Associates account has been closed as of June 26, 2009. This is a direct result of the unconstitutional tax collection scheme expected to be passed any day now by the North Carolina state legislature (the General Assembly) and signed by the governor. As a result, we will no longer pay any referral fees for customers referred to or after June 26. We were forced to take this unfortunate action in anticipation of actual enactment because of uncertainties surrounding the legislation’s effective date.

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In the event that North Carolina repeals this tax collection scheme, we would certainly be happy to re-open our Associates program to North Carolina residents.

Source. This program is the one by which a blog can post a link to Amazon (or a specific product on Amazon), and the blogger would get a referral commission percentage of any purchases made through that link.

It’s the way that, as the linked article points out, a lot of mid-level bloggers keep their websites afloat.