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I got that one too.
Jerry Brown is an addled old loser. One Democratic pinhead legislator said taxing Amazon sales would bring back business to brick and mortar stores. Who says it’s the California State Assylum’s, whoops, Assembly’s job to make big box stores competitive with online retailers?? How about the money those of us in the middle class save by dealing with Amazon instead?? The Assembly thinks it’s their job to make us pay less competitive prices??
A Nevada PO box can't be too expensive, can it? :=) That's what I'm considering.
Hick seems to be an "average" governor so far, but Ritter was so bad we may never recover.
Amazon is a POS company trying to bully the states one by one. Pretty soon they will run out of states to bully and intimidate. I have ordered lots of used books, CDs and DVDs for computer illiterate friends. I notice that some of the biggest dealers are in California
They have been pulling the same scam in Texas....It’s not just Guvnoor Moonbeam’s California
I believe in a level playing field.
If store A sells you a book and that book is subject to a sales tax, then if store B sells you a book it too must be subject to the same sales tax.
IMHO, this is not a matter of over-taxation (although that’s a huge problem in and of itself). It’s a matter of fairness.
Here’s the problem.
1) People aren’t paying the sales and use tax that they are supposed to when they buy on-line. The law says that you should as the onus of collecting and paying taxes falls to the consumer and not the business when you pay on-line. If people paid this tax like you do in any store there would be no issues at all. The problem is that 99.99% of people dodge this tax.
2) Amazon is crying like a BIIIIIIIITCH attempting to make us feel bad for their affiliates that will “go out of business” when Amazon leaves the state. Amazon isn’t talking about the thousands of items that THEY and not affiliates sell. Amazon is concerned about losing their competitive edge and that’s all.
3) The legislation that mandates having a “physical presence” in the state that you do business with is outdated and antiquated. It was put in place to spur on-line sales when they were virtually nil. Just as the Constitution has been amended, as does this law.
Everyone that complains about the Amazon tax does so for selfish reasons (ex: “I have to pay more for my handbag...book...TV”). None of these people talk about the damage that Amazon and like sites do and have done to brick-and-mortar businesses. Try asking former employees of companies that have gone out of business in large part to Amazon’s unfair tax advantage their thoughts about Amazon.
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