Friday, June 10, 2011

Fibro and Fabulous, Amazon, and the State of Connecticut

To My Dear Readers,

The governor of the state of Connecticut has passed an extra tax law here and despite my views of the greed of today, I have no choice but to comply.  You all know that I have dedicated my life to helping all of you feel fabulous as best as I can.  I do this out of my own pocket.  I don't get any type of compensation for what I do, and as a matter of fact, I don't even break even for my published books on this subject.  Most authors of today don't see a profit, we just write because we love it.

Having said that, I will continue to the best of my ability, to offer as much information on Fibromyalgia as I can to all of you as long as I can afford it.  I don't need to let any of you know that the economy has hit me harshly because all of you feel the pinch too.  What I do need you to know is that this blog will be getting a huge makeover.  I am removing all Amazon ads as per Connecticut law, and I may have to remove Adsense ads as well.  Below is the lovely letter I received from Amazon at 6 this morning:

Hello,
For well over a decade, the Amazon Associates Program has worked with thousands of Connecticut residents. Unfortunately, the budget signed by Governor Malloy contains a sales tax provision that compels us to terminate this program for Connecticut-based participants effective immediately. It specifically imposes the collection of taxes from consumers on sales by online retailers - including but not limited to those referred by Connecticut-based affiliates like you - even if those retailers have no physical presence in the state.
We opposed this new tax law because it is unconstitutional and counterproductive. It was supported by big-box retailers, most of which are based outside Connecticut, that seek to harm the affiliate advertising programs of their competitors. Similar legislation in other states has led to job and income losses, and little, if any, new tax revenue. We deeply regret that we must take this action.
As a result of the new law, contracts with all Connecticut residents participating in the Amazon Associates Program will be terminated today, June 10, 2011. Those Connecticut residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to Amazon.com , Endless.com , MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com . Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned on or before today, June 10, 2011, will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule.
You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of Connecticut. If you are not currently a resident of Connecticut, or if you are relocating to another state in the near future, you can manage the details of your Associates account here . And if you relocate to another state after June 10, 2011, please contact us for reinstatement into the Amazon Associates Program.
To avoid confusion, we would like to clarify that this development will only impact our ability to offer the Associates Program to Connecticut residents and will not affect their ability to purchase from www.amazon.com .
We have enjoyed working with you and other Connecticut-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program and, if this situation is rectified, would very much welcome the opportunity to re-open our Associates Program to Connecticut residents.
Regards,
The Amazon Associates Team

I do not, nor will I recommend anything from Amazon anymore, and it's not because I don't like Amazon, it's because I don't want any of you to pay more money for your products just because I live in a greedy state.  And why do I call it greedy?  Well, that's simple.  Not more than 2 or 3 years ago, this state had a surplus of money due to over taxing and now ALL of that money is gone due to overspending.  I'm all for helping people out and giving them many beneficial services that this state provides, but if I have to operate my indie author business at a loss and pinch every penny, than I think this state should too.

Please keep me in your thoughts as I try to find other ways of income to not only keep this site running, but my publishing business too.  Also, please be patient with me while I redesign my site.  I have a lot of family issues to contend with.  My mom, who is the last stages of Alzheimer's, and my grandmother, who is disabled, require a ton of care from me.

And if you feel compelled to help keep this site going, please do so by recommending it, as well as my books to as many people and bookstores as you can.  It would be much appreciated, because word of mouth is really worth its weight in gold.

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley
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