And note well: none of this will affect the average consumer’s ability to buy stuff from Amazon.com, or any of the other large Internet-based retailers. It merely shuts off state revenue in the form of income tax that Illinois was earlier and effortlessly gathering from in-state retailers. Revenue that will not be made up for by taxing any mild sales increases for, say, Wal-Mart.
PS: Background on the underlying issue can be found here: suffice it to say that Democrats can demonstrate a remarkable ability to ignore basic reality. In this case, what they’re ignoring is that an affiliate program for Amazon.com and other big online retailers is profitable, but not essential. As the Democrat-controlled state government of Arkansas is about to discover, in fact.
PPS: Usual full disclosure: I am an Amazon.com affiliate for Maryland.
PPPS: And do you know what the really ironic bit is? Thanks to Amazon.com, people probably buy more items from local used bookstores now than they did before the company existed, because the company acts as a clearinghouse for available obscure and out of print items. Ach, irony.