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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

8 thoughts on “Amazon Dragged into Sales Tax Debate by Trump and Now eBay”

  1. As much as people hate Ebay, the real problem is Amazon.

    It is a Wall Street-created monopoly, and that means the end of small and medium American businesses. Being a slave to monopolists who hold your business in their hands to destroy at will is the worst place to be.

    It also eventually means retail slavery for the buyer too. They will only be able to buy what the powerful, wealthy people behind Amazon let them buy and at the prices that Amazon forces them to pay.

    Yet how many people buy from Amazon and tie their own nooses.

  2. Amazon supports sales tax because the primary beneficiaries are the monopolists behind Amazon and their friends- receiving corporate welfare.

  3. Amazon and Ebay read the same tea leaves and came up with different prophecies. Amazon’s was correct. Originally, Amazon too opposed an internet sales tax but they realized that,ultimately, such a tax is anti-competitive and would, in the end, hurt their competitors whose pockets are not as deep as Amazon’s. So, they switched their position and began advocating for the tax. The construction of their FBA warehouses is evidence that they saw the writing on the wall and decided it was in their best interest to position themselves to benefit from the tax. I don’t fault them for that. I don’t know that it actually makes Amazon richer but it does make its competitors poorer and that will do just fine.

    https://www.cbpp.org/research/amazons-arguments-against-collecting-sales-taxes-do-not-withstand-scrutiny
    https://accountalent.com/why-amazon-com-supports-the-online-sales-tax/

  4. The amount of money to be collected under Wayfair is chump change since 85% of all possible sales taxes were already being collected. What SCOTUS actually did was to take the first step to destroy the concept of physical nexus/presence for a state to tap you for taxes. So follow the money. Where is there sufficient money to warrant a 12 year effort by the states and their cohorts? State income taxes. What’s to prevent states in the future from tapping the pensions etc. of someone who earned that money in a high tax state and moved to a very low or no tax state? After all, a tax is a tax is a tax. From the perspective of a financially strapped/bankrupt high tax state, it would be the perfect solution. Stay or leave, they could care less.

  5. Its your own state that will drive you crazy with TAX forms! A paper work explosion that will make you quit eBay! Then the feds will kick in with there own tax, together its spells insanity!

  6. Etsy is going to collect the Sales Tax from the buyers and send it to the states. Sellers don’t have to do anything. That is the way eBay should do it also. But I have a problem with selling something used and collecting sales tax. If you have an item, it has already been taxed. Then If you sell the buyer pays taxes on it again. Now if you buy something in a thrift store, it got taxed when it was initially bought, then you pay tax on it at the thrift store and then you have to collect taxes on it again. This is ridiculous! So 1 used item has the possibility of being taxed 3 times! ARG!

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