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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). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.

2 thoughts on “Desperate Amazon Seller Sues over California Taxes”

  1. “a virtual consignment store”

    These lawmakers really need to get their terminology straight. WE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS DO NOT USE MARKETPLACES SO THEY CAN MAKE CLAIM TO ANY PART OF OUR BUSINESSES OR OUR PRODUCTS!

    We are actual businesses, wholly owned by individuals, selling our wares on an online mall — not an online store (most marketplaces do not have their own products, while Amazon steals popular ideas from its sellers, making their own products so they can compete against the owners of the idea, placing their products at the forefront while hiding competitors.

    Get it straight and stop looking for ways to steal from us!

  2. One thing I have yet to see any of these cases mention…

    Did Amazon tell them where they were storing their products? Did they even make the seller aware that there might be taxes due for storing their products?

    Of course, if the laws weren’t even if effect during the time they’re trying to collect for, then this should be a non-issue. Even if the laws were in effect, Amazon should be responsible if they didn’t provide sellers the above info. A seller couldn’t possibly know taxes were due if they had no idea where their items were being stored. Plus, there are those inexperienced sellers who wouldn’t even think taxes would be due on stored items. It is Amazon’s responsibility to make their customers aware of everything involved in the services they provide.

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