No More Crayons

by Melanie on March 15, 2010

Imagine my surprise yesterday, when a fellow New York Affiliate shared the news that he had been dumped by several merchants due to the NY Internet sales tax law. These merchants included the Crayola Store. What I found interesting about Herb’s post about the terminations is that I am in Crayola’s  program and this was the first I was hearing about it. Guess I should say I was in their program. I checked my email box and didn’t find an email. Thinking Herb must be wrong, I logged into CJ.

There, in my internal mail box is the notice from Crayola indicating that due to the “recent law” they are terminating all affiliates in New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island. Now to give credit to Crayola, they did give notice and warning about the termination ( just wish it had been emailed to my regular email). Lesson learned, check internal email more frequently.

Not sure why they feel it necessary to remove NY  Affiliates almost two years after the law took effect and RI/NC Affiliates almost a year after the law was passed.  Probably just a matter of time before they terminate Colorado Affiliates. But, as we all know, there are plenty of merchants who carry crayons and other art supplies.

In fact, if you are a merchant who sells crayons and art supplies for children and who welcomes NY, NC, RI and Co Affiliates, and want to get the word out, get in touch with me through Twitter. I will list you here right in the body of this post. You must welcome and accept Affiliates from ALL four states ( I will need to verify).


Lessons from Adolescence

by Melanie on February 17, 2010

The other day I was talking with my twelve year old daughter about being true to yourself. The conversation started when we were talking about choosing a high school and eventually college and a career. We talked about identifying interests and selecting a path in life.

As we travel down that path we sometimes need to take a detour and even alter our destination, but we always need to remain true to ourselves, maintaining our values, ethics and standards. I talked with her about how this sometimes means taking a different path than friends.

Throughout our lives many friends will come, and some may go, but we should not sacrifice our individuality, values, ethics or standards. As we spoke I realized that I could have a very similar conversation with many friends and business associates.

My advice,  select your path, identify your standards, values and ethics. Remain true to yourself.


Colorado and Updates for December

December 7, 2009

As I mentioned at Affiliate Advocacy, Colorado is now taking steps to tax online purchases by requiring out of state merchants to collect and remit the sales and use tax. You can read the details at Rocky Mountain Lows. Colorado Governor Bill Ritter has stated that the Department of Revenue will adopt regulations that will […]

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Nexus Call at Affiliate Advocacy

November 23, 2009

Earlier today I announced that Affiliate Advocacy will be hosting a conference call to discuss how we can prepare for the possible and likely nexus legislation during the upcoming legislative session. The session is designed to help everyone prepare so they can react in an efficient  manner if and when nexus legislation is introduced. As we learned […]

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Changing a Name

October 27, 2009

Earlier today I announced a name change for Affiliate Voice LLC.  Although the name has changed my work remains the same. For almost two years I have advocated on behalf of the industry, first as NY Affiliate Voice then more formally as Affiliate Voice LLC. I have made the decision to change the name  to […]

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