Drs. Foster and Smith, one of America’s Top 500 E-tailers per Internet Retailer’s famous ranking, has just terminated relationship with all Virginia affiliates. As frequently is the case, the text of the email talks about how much they “value the affiliate relationship with each and every publisher”, but either this is a step made in hope of preventing the passing of Virginia’s affiliate tax bill [more here], or this LinkShare-based, and LinkShare-managed merchant does not value the relationship enough to collect the tax (keeping the affiliates on board).
Here’s the full text of the email [underlining mine] that has just landed in Virginia-based affiliates’ mailboxes:
Dear Drs. Foster and Smith Affiliate:
Here at Drs. Foster and Smith, we truly value the affiliate relationship with each and every publisher, as well as the dedication you have provided the program. Unfortunately, at this time we regret to inform you that we have chosen to remove all Virginia affiliates due to business reasons connected to the pending bill SB 660. Currently, this law is in effect in New York, Rhode Island, and North Carolina. The removal of all Virginia affiliates will be effective immediately as of February 17th, 2010.
Again, we appreciate and value your efforts to date and hope that we may again be able to resume the productive business relationships which we have enjoyed with you. We appreciate your understanding in the sudden decision of this matter and wish you the best.
The Drs. Foster and Smith Affiliate Team
It is indeed a “sudden decision” and I am not positive many affiliates will be understanding.