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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2478 - February 14, 2011 - ISSN 1539-5065    3 of 7

Barnes and Noble Wants Amazon's Rejected Affiliates

By Ina Steiner
February 14, 2011

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Barnes & Noble issued an open letter to Amazon affiliates in an attempt to capitalize on the problems Amazon.com faces with some state tax authorities. States such as New York have told Amazon it must collect state sales tax because its affiliates count as a physical presence. In response, Amazon.com has shut off affiliates in states that have enacted such laws.

In its letter to Amazon.com affiliates, John Foley, President of BN.com, said he was "disappointed to hear that Amazon would threaten small businesses' livelihood rather than comply with state law," and said B&N welcomed Amazon.com affiliates who were terminated.

"If Amazon doesn't want you, we do! And, we will take care of collecting and remitting all sales taxes due on BN.com sales to its customers so you and our customers don't have to worry about being hassled or prosecuted by state tax auditors."

Barnes & Noble has over 13,000 affiliates, and information about its affiliate program can be found here.

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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