Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Foster and Smith has pulled out....

Foster and Smith has ceased [affiliate] operations. This is in response to the pending legislation taxing internet sales.

The problem is that the merchant - the seller - has to keep track of where the stuff was sent, and pay the local sales tax on the sale.

This puts undue pressure on the merchant to keep track of local sales tax rates. In my state, this means each county. How can a merchant know which county a person lives in? By zip code?

Anyway, the nightmare of reporting and paying the taxes is driving out several players in the online product sales game. The expense of tracking these sales is more than most merchants want to deal with.

Expect to see more merchants pull their products and programs over the next few months.

I fully expect that if this legislation passes, online sales may completely cease. You won't be able to buy anything online. Contact your legislators to stop this - unless you want your choices to be completely limited to what Walmart and it's ilk have in stock.

That means that if they don't carry it, you can't get it. Period.

2 comments:

Gordon Magee said...

Just a quick correction and a major one! :-) We haven't ceased operations at all! We just shut down affiliate marketing due to the nexus tax legislation that is unresolved around the country.

We'd appreciate you correcting the copy above so that there isn't misinformation out there in cyberspace. Thanks!

Check out our websites at: http://www.drsfostersmith.com

Thanks!

Gordon Magee
Internet Marketing and Media Manager.

Morgen said...

-- So noted! Sorry! I just want you guys to come back!!!!! I love your stuff, and you are a staple on the internet. Anyone who is anyone is familiar with your products. We all want them on our sites.

Foster and Smith has quality products that can't be found elsewhere.