This is the sixth in a series of profiles of NY Affiliates and it is by far the hardest one to write. This is the story of another NY Affiliate.
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There is nothing to write. This is the story of a NY Affiliate who is afraid to share the effects of being terminated by over thirty merchants simply because they live in NY. This is the story of an affiliate who is afraid to speak out and share their thoughts and opinions. The fact that there are affiliates who are afraid to speak is an indication that we need to address some important issues.
This blog has never been just about the NY Affiliate Tax and the merchant terminations. It is much more than that. It is about talking about what is wrong and what is right with our industry. It is about speaking about real issues, voicing opinions and sharing thoughts. It is about all affiliates, not just super affiliates, sharing their concerns and opinions. It is about affiliates realizing their value; affiliates finding their voice and standing up, demanding to be valued and respected. The work on the NY Tax issue is not done, it will continue until every program is open to NY Affiliates. I will also continue to address other issues, sharing my thoughts and opinions and I look forward to hearing others do the same.
NY Affiliates made a powerful statement in 2008. We may not have accomplished all that we wanted but we had an impact. Some programs remain closed to NY Affiliates. In all likelihood, programs like Cafe Press and CSN Stores and dozens of others may never have another NY Affiliate but, we fought hard and won in hundreds of other cases. Our industry, and especially the group who met in Albany, should be proud of those victories.
There are many things right with our industry. It is an industry filled with very amazing people but, it is not a perfect industry. As we move into 2009 we should not forget to look back at 2008. We need to look at the roads we traveled. There were times when instead of climbing up the hill, we turned the other way because it was easier. We will never get to the top unless we begin to climb.
So here’s to 2009, may we all get a little further up the hill.
Happy New Year!