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Amazon vows to continue dropping "states who pass those affiliate laws"

Taxes have become a major issue for Amazon in many U.S. states, but the online retail giant isn't afraid to turn its back on those pressuring it to collect. 

A few years back, Amazon filed a lawsuit against the state of New York because NY tried to collect taxes from out-of-state transactions through Amazon. More recently, Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs charged Amazon $269 million in unpaid sales taxes on online sales. This led to Amazon's decision to close a distribution center and cancel further plans to expand operations in the state.  

While certain states are going after Amazon mainly due to the fact that the retailer's affiliates operate within these states, and because they need a way to offset huge budget deficits, they're not the only ones who have a bone to pick with Amazon. Brick-and-mortar competitors like Best Buy and Sears also want to see the retail giant collect taxes because they see Amazon as having an unfair advantage. 

Amazon is cutting loose from more U.S. states that continuously pressure the retailer to collect taxes. For instance, Illinois just passed a new law that requires online retailers to collect taxes if they have affiliates in the state. Amazon's answer to that is to cancel affiliate programs in the state of Illinois. 

In addition, both Texas and California are considering bills that would tax online sales. Amazon made it clear that it will simply continue to drop affiliates in U.S. states if the states continue down this path. 

"We will continue to drop states who pass those affiliate laws, from the affiliate program," said Chief Executive Jeff Bezos. "In the U.S., the constitution prohibits states from interfering in interstate commerce. The sales tax collection is very complicated. The right place to fix this is with federal legislation." 



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RE: GO AMAZON
By joex444 on 5/12/2011 2:57:25 PM , Rating: 1
Right, suggesting an item costs more at a physical store because of employees just showcases the ridiculousness of physical stores. Employees! What crazy absurd things, who needs those? (Seriously, the only thing I talk to an employee for is in the form of "Where the fuck is [item X]?" which on Amazon is replaced by a search box that is more likely to be correct.)

We've also neglected the fact that you don't need to drive to an online store and can shop a fuck ton faster than at a physical store. If you don't mind getting said items in a few days anyway. Really, if you need something now it's because something broke, you suck at planning or you're going to eat it. In that respect, hardware stores (you know, like pipes, tools and things) and food stores are the only real stores worth having. Otherwise if your business model is to sell things for more than you paid you can be replaced with a computer and a box guy.


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