The advertising tax has left a lot of collateral damage, in the form of countless affiliates losing their source of income, in states where it has been signed into law.
This is something that has been on my mind a lot lately with Texas House Bill 1317, since I’d be dumped by a lot of affiliate programs I’ve promoted for years if the bill is signed into law.
So, I’ve got mixed emotions with the news that WalMart is pitching affiliate exiles to join their affiliate program, just as Barnes & Noble recently did with an open letter to affiliates.
I am conflicted on this, since these companies with existing brick & mortar operations are in support of the very legislation that could get me fired as an affiliate.
Who should I like here… companies I have been loyal to for years who are willing to drop me without looking back, or companies that support the laws that would hurt my small business, and so many others.
All I know is I just want to drive business for these companies. I don’t want to be a political pawn.