Dear Gardener’s Supply Co. affiliate:
Due to business reasons connected with the new online tax law in California, we have chosen to remove all California affiliates, effective July 1st, 2010. We regret having to do this and hope that the law may be struck down in the future so that we may be able to resume the productive business relationships we have enjoyed with you.
We appreciate your understanding in this matter and look forward to working with you again.
The Gardener’s Supply Co. Affiliate Team
I'm happy to see my home state working to collect much-needed sales tax revenue from all retailers. I think it's wonderful news and I hope that the new law will not be struck down. I would like to see online retailers embrace the idea of fairness among all retailers and work to advocate changes to the law that allow for an equitable, nationwide system for collecting sales tax from all customers. This will allow all businesses to be treated the same, whether they are a brick-and-mortar business or an online or catalog business.
UPDATE: Thanks to the person who just sent me this, from the NYT: "
Reed Hastings, the chief executive of Netflix, said, "We collect and provide to each of the states the correct sales tax. There are vendors that specialize in this (we use Vertex). It’s not very hard."
Any number of online businesses already collect sales tax nationwide, from B&N.com, to Walmart, to Best Buy, to Target, whose online sales are handled by Amazon, suggesting that Amazon is more than capable of collecting sales tax and paying it to the states. Presumably Gardener's Supply Company is as well.