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The op-ed in Friday's WSJ as well as letters to the editor were quite good regarding the Wayfair v South Dakota. I've been following it closely as time gets closer to the expected June ruling.
I'm always looking at some of my competitor's inventory amounts (FBA) and can't believe the amount of Christmas stuff the sellers still have. These are smaller companies (if rate of feedback is any indication) and I don't think they know/care about the cost of storage. It will be interesting to see if they remove any Christmas stuff from inventory or if they will just let it sit...and sit...and sit.

I've done a lot of culling... it's always a continuous process. I've let it go for the last few months while tax season was in full swing. Now that I'm done, I've been trying to make up for lost time. The free removals sure came in handy at the right time for me. I don't know if I would have had a clear-enough head or time to really just suck up some losses and pull stuff. They'll sell better during the holidays this winter anyways.
I still say that the ultimate solution is to make sales taxes due at point of sale, not point of residence.
When was the last time a brick and mortar merchant asked you for your ZIP Code so he could calculate your sales tax?

If a sales tax must be collected by online retailers, this is the best solution for those that have no in-state presence in other states.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Changes to Marketplace Tax Collections
« on: April 20, 2018, 05:58:13 PM »
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said there could be a market solution, too. “If we did overrule Quill,” she said, “entrepreneurs would produce software that would meet the market need.”

The problem with that is, software now for sales tax is costing several thousands of dollars. Too expensive for a small store.

Another issue that wasn't dealt with is how each state has recorded larger increases in sales tax receipts over the last 5-7 years that outpace economic growth for the same time period. States that are starving for money are the ones that are mismanaging their finances and carelessly blowing it all on union pensions and every social service a person can conjure up. States have to do a better job of living within their means. We have to as individuals.

Rewording the above paragraph: The argument that states and localities are starving for cash is a bunch of bull.
And I just did another removal order. Free removal of inventory... can't beat that. Saved myself over $650 so far. May get bold and remove some more.
Don't forget that later this year the new LTS fees will be in effect when they are charged monthly. LTS fees for products in Amazon warehouse over one year will be charged 50 cents per unit per month.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Toy Category Now Restricted?
« on: April 19, 2018, 10:43:29 PM »
Many people have received that email. Most (if not all) never received the "original" email informing them that toys would be a restricted category.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Changes to Marketplace Tax Collections
« on: April 19, 2018, 10:42:19 PM »
From the way the arguments went before the justices, it is definitely up-in-the-air on what the outcome will be. Both sides argued (and made valid points) about small businesses being hurt.

I just did a huge removal order on the 17th.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Prime Wardrobe No Longer in Beta?
« on: April 19, 2018, 10:35:26 PM »
Yeah, that's gotta be it.  Good thing they don't know about the 40+ shirts and the 30+ ties I've bought from JCPenny  :-X :laugh

Much better quality from JCPenny than what you would get on Amazon. I know because that's where I buy my shirts and ties also  :laugh

* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Changes to Marketplace Tax Collections
« on: April 17, 2018, 08:25:41 AM »
Besides the actual collection of every other jursidiction's taxes, what I am incensed about is that every state government is going to know who I am, what I do, and will most likely feel free to make it as hard on me as possible to conduct business anywhere I sell online. There is absolutely no reason why any other state or local government outside of where I live and operate needs to know anything about me. Period. Sick and disgusting is what this type of overreach is. And SCOTUS is willing to buy into it hook, line and sinker.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Changes to Marketplace Tax Collections
« on: April 13, 2018, 11:53:17 PM »
At least B&N marketplace collects taxes for all of my orders and remits it themselves. Amazon can't do the same?
There is already an Amazon credit card that is not just a store card. It has been out a few years now. I remember because I got the store card and my wife chastised me for not getting the real Amazon credit card. Is this "new" card different than what was already out there?
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Prime Wardrobe No Longer in Beta?
« on: April 13, 2018, 11:50:35 PM »
I never requested an invite, but am seeing a "You're Invited" banner   :?

So I guess you're invited?
It sounds good, but is it really that simple and inexpensive?
That additional fee looked like it was for sponsored ads.

What I like is that Google will allow me to purchase from Walmart, Target or any other store through them. Something Amazon will not do. Pretty smart of Google to do that.
Yes, that article is a good read. Too bad it won't do anything to help spur a fix.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Changes to Marketplace Tax Collections
« on: April 11, 2018, 02:24:12 PM »
And I am not being the collection agency for states where I have no physical presence. I have more important things to do with my time.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Changes to Marketplace Tax Collections
« on: April 08, 2018, 12:53:24 AM »
I think that a marketplace facilitator tax is doable, constitutionally speaking. However, forcing websites who are not located within the state to send a letter to each customer and collect taxes for 45 states is crossing the line.
All I did was see the title of the thread and busted out laughing.
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