Amazon.com Affiliate Program Limiting Its Use to US Residents Only?

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UPDATE: No reasons to be scared, people! It was just a tax related thing for people in and outside the US. They have also changed that sentence to something that does not sound as scary and is clear enough: “If you are a Non-US person participating in the Program, you agree that you will perform all services under the Operating Agreement outside the United States. If, for any reason, you cannot comply with this requirement, you must notify us using this link for an exception”

Today, I felt a cold chill on my spine when I received an e-mail from Amazon, one of my main sources of income and the source of affiliate marketing income for tens of thousands (this is an estimate) of self employed bloggers out there. They are updating their Amazon.com Associates Program Operating Agreement with the following change, going in full effect on May 15th:

“By participating in the Program, you agree that you will perform all services under the Operating Agreement within the United States. If, for any reason, you cannot comply with this requirement, you must notify us using this link for an exception.”

So, are they trying to limit the use of Amazon.com services to US residents only? Right now, the link they mention is not working (since it’s not yet May 15th), and hopefully it will be the door that wills till allow international Amazon associates to use the service.

Now, I don’t want to say that Amazon really needs publicity from anybody as they are a big enough store to generate sales on their own, but they might be losing some serious money if they were to kick their international associates. I am a very small associate, but growing as I was starting to increase my focus on affiliate sales. As a result, for the past couple of months, I have generated sales on their store of about $20,000 per month (note: NOT how much I made, but the value of the sales I generated). No matter how big of a company you are, that is some real money! And as I said, I am one of the small associates out there – they have international associates who generate sales in excess of $100,000 per month, so hopefully this new change to their Terms just sounds really scary, but will offer people a chance to still use their service.

What is your opinion on this? Are you an Amazon.com affiliate that might be affected by this new change to the Operating Agreement?

4 COMMENTS

  1. Oh, that’s terrible! Due to some crazy law here in my state, we can no longer receive affiliate income from Amazon either, and it really limits our income potential. Oh well, we will work toward other ways of making side hustle cash, I guess.

    • Fortunately, they cleared that out and changed the line to “If you are a Non-US person participating in the Program, you agree that you will perform all services under the Operating Agreement outside the United States. If, for any reason, you cannot comply with this requirement, you must notify us using this link for an exception.”

      So it was just a tax form thing, I jumped to go crazy too soon over this 🙂

      But not being able to receive affiliate income from Amazon is really bad 🙁

  2. I’m in the US so it doesn’t affect me, but it’s always a concern that a merchant could find a reason to drop you. That’s the danger in relying too heavily on any one merchant.

  3. I recently updated my Tax form in Amazon associate and sadly they tax me around 7% I am not a U.S citizen but still IRS cut a large amount of money on my earnings

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