UPDATE: As of December 5, 2013, due to an Illinois Supreme Court decision, the Amazon Affiliates program is once again open for Illinois residents and The Boat Galley once again is partially supported by purchases that readers made through the Amazon links. It does not cost anyone extra, and it does support the site, my expenses in running it and the amount of time that I put into it.
I’ve always believed in being honest and straightforward, and that extends to The Boat Galley. In the past, I’ve made no secret of the fact that I make a little money as an Amazon affiliate, earning a tiny bit whenever readers purchase items from Amazon through links on the site. It didn’t cost anyone extra, but helped support the site.
I know that a number of readers have made a point to always come to TBG and use the links — or the search bar that I had in the sidebar — in order to support the site and all the info that is freely available here.
Well, as of this Thursday, September 26, don’t bother. Due to political wrangling between local merchants, Amazon and Illinois legislators over sales tax on internet sales, I will no longer make anything on Amazon sales (US or other countries). It’s a very long story and I’m not going to go into details . . . nor do I want suggestions on ways to get around it. I’ve looked at numerous options and decided that they’re just not worth it.
Don’t get me wrong — I still like a lot of products on Amazon and will continue to buy from them and will recommend products there (I’ve never based recommendations on whether I’d earn something — so why would that change?). They often have the best prices and if you live in a smaller town, like I do, you often can’t find what you want locally. But just as I’ve always tried to be clear that TBG was partially supported by Amazon purchases, now I want to make it clear that it isn’t.
What does this mean for The Boat Galley? Frankly, not much. I’ll still be writing 3 or 4 new articles a week. And all the content on the site will still be free. About the only change is that I’m looking to add some new advertisers who want to showcase relevant products and services (if you’re interested, read more).
And, still in the interests of being transparent, I do still make a bit on purchases made from some other merchants through links here — West Marine, Distant Shores DVDs and the Sea Dog Boating Solutions are the primary ones. And through Wednesday night, The Boat Galley will still earn a bit on Amazon purchases.