Originally Posted by iPad
It's a long time due... There is still plenty of sites out there offering products at cheap prices without the sales tax as well.
Amazon has owned the market for a long time because it's had the ability to wipe sales tax from items, much like eBay has (except those eBay customers are supposed to pay their own taxes on any items they sell to people out of state, but rarely happens).
One way or another Amazon will find a way to be cheaper to keep their loyal customer base. Even if it means dropping their own commission slightly to compensate.
I totally agree with your last statement.
There are people who make a living from promoting amazon products and have many websites (Niche ones) that they run. These are the folks who would be upset if they find out there commission's are cut down a lot.
Amazon saw this coming eventually and most of the amazon affiliate marketers should of known that this day would come and I hope they did prepare themselves for the day.