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Out-of-state retailers must start paying state sales taxes starting Saturday

Original post made on Sep 6, 2012

Out-of-state retailers including Amazon.com will have to start paying California sales taxes on merchandise sent here starting Sept. 15 and there already are reports of heavy orders to beat the system.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 6, 2012, 7:43 AM

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Posted by Billy Jeff
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Sep 6, 2012 at 7:54 am

As usual, the idiots in government ("the state") as identified in this story, believe our tax revenues will increase by $317 million. No doubt it will go up but they have probably failed to account for people who will cut back their spending accordingly. The anticipated increase in futue revenues will be justification for spending increases and nobody will consider the liklihood that we are headed for another crash and recession.

Keep voting for the same people. You'll get what you deserve.


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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 6, 2012 at 8:34 am

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

Anticipate a huge spike in sales for Amazon in the next week, followed by decreases in sales for internet suppliers with a Calif presence. The trick will be finding the out of state retailers that do not collect sales tax and do not charge an arm and a leg for shipping.
Amazon is a good retailer that had to cave into pressure from the tax and spend dems in this state that can't a balance a budget to save their lives.


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Posted by You Get What You Vote For
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 6, 2012 at 11:14 am

If you voted for any of the Democrats that currently rule this state, you brought this on yourself.

Many Republicans aren't much better.

If voters make this a win/loose issue for candidates, things will change. Otherwise, enjoy your new tax and just remember that "your" government always knows better than you how to spend your money.


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Posted by Amazon fan
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Thanks for the heads-up. I need to get my major purchases done this week.


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Posted by me
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Other states do this... why shouldn't ca? Why are we so special that we should be exempt?


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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 7, 2012 at 8:28 am

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

Not every state charges sales tax, 'me'. I hope you feel the same way when the Bush tax cuts expire and you're left with less money.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Sep 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm

The issue isn't just about taxes, it's about creating an even competitive playing field. The big hole next to Sports Chalet (Borders), and plenty of other brick and mortar retailers as well as e-com competition (Wal-mart.com for example) play the game one way, Amazon another. The on-line model has evolved significantly over the last 10 years and it is/was time to address the issue and even up the landscape. Furthermore, I work for a small manufacturer and we sell to a number of big box retailers who are the core of our business. Via Amazon's affiliate model there are huge number of small sellers (God's gift to retailing) who have/are creating the potential of major pricing erosion in the overall market, enough to endanger the existence of our business. We employ a workforce in CA, and in other states, pay taxes, why should they, through Amazon have an unfair advantage and the ability to impact our business in such a way? Again, the issue isn't just about taxes, it's about ensuring that all play by the same rules and appreciating that there are also ripple effects that you may not see...


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Posted by Jim
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm

"t's about ensuring that all play by the same rules and appreciating that there are also ripple effects that you may not see"

that is what I have been saying regarding China all along. Hopefully the CA example will be followed in the Federal level!


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Joe,

Given that brick-and-mortar businesses are also able to sell online, the distinction between the two business models blurs. Additionally, an even playing field would include a business like Amazon having a physical presence on Main St. How do you feel about a little Amazon kiosk sitting outside of your business?


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Sep 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm

There is already a kiosk outside - it's the 1,000's of affiliates, many of whom have no idea of what they are doing - wrong/poor content, little product knowledge, but are great at discounting for no reason. The model only blurs in certain product channels -some are a lot more developed than others.