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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Mon Feb 29 2016 20:20:35

Ecommerce CEOs Rub Donald Trump the Wrong Way

By: Ina Steiner

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Donald Trump has a problem with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has a problem with Donald Trump. Should merchants who make a living on eBay and Amazon be concerned that the political clashes could impact their future?

The dispute between Trump and Bezos started in December when Trump accused Bezos of buying the Washington Post to gain political influence for his company Amazon, which Trump believes doesn't pay its fair share of taxes. "If @amazon ever had to pay fair taxes, its stock would crash and it would crumble like a paper bag. The @washingtonpost scam is saving it!" Trump tweeted on December 7th.

On Sunday, Meg Whitman came out against Donald Trump's candidacy, calling him "unfit to be president," according to the Associated Press. She herself had big political aspirations, having supported republicans Mitt Romney and John McCain in their runs for president and making her own run for governor of California, which she lost to Jerry Brown. While Whitman is currently CEO of HP, she's best known for her tenure at eBay.

While it's not unusual for business people and politicians to go at it in public, Trump promised repercussions. On Friday, he said if he becomes president, Amazon is going to have problems. 

CNBC tweeted a 27-second video of the threat Trump made against Amazon - take a moment to watch him as he says of Amazon, "If I become president, oh do they have problems. They're going to have such problems."

It's unclear how Trump might make things difficult for Amazon if he's elected president, especially since the company supports a national online sales tax and is in favor of online sales-tax legislation. Do you think a Trump vendetta against Amazon could impact online sellers? How?




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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Mon Feb 29 22:43:35 2016

Good. eCommerce CEO's (Devin Wenig of Ebay) are little money grubbing scumbags with no regard for their customers.
Investigate Ebay and PROSECUTE.  

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by: blaumann This user has validated their user name.

Tue Mar 1 00:21:15 2016

Trump is a classic bully. He makes loads of threats.  

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by: comet This user has validated their user name.

Tue Mar 1 00:22:11 2016

IF  Adolf Drumpf becomes President---spits three times and knocks on wood---he will have many more things he has "vowed"  to destroy long before he gets around to a personal vendetta against Bezos.  There's the matter of those rapist Mexicans;  and the Blacks;  and the other illegal immigrants--like Drumpfs grand father;  and hopping to on bombing---well;  just about everywhere;  getting those Mexicans to pay for a wall---all to the sound of millions of people stampeding for a border--and it will NOT be Mexicans coming IN; .  Either to the North or South;  East or West--- it will be Americans LEAVING this country where apparently the voters were PROUD of their ignorance and bigotry and hatred.  

I doubt that Jeff is quaking in his boots.

Vote.  Just not for bat shit crazy bigots and people who want to carpet bomb any one they can find.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Bill

Tue Mar 1 00:28:13 2016

Trump wants to go after the money that is made by an American company overseas and does not pay taxes on those profits. Most of the eCommerce companies squeeze there customers with the high cost of selling and the hiding of listings. They promise champagne and caviar but all we ever get is maybe a hot dog and a beer.
That is the truth and Trump is trying to make out like he is for the common man. We shall see.

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by: corpuschristi1956 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Mar 1 00:45:18 2016

I am pretty sure he wants the Chinese sellers as well as sellers from other countries to stop taking jobs away from USA sellers. They also benefit from better shipping rates and less taxes on their products.

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by: Gemz This user has validated their user name.

Tue Mar 1 01:09:45 2016

TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!

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by: JohnGermaine This user has validated their user name.

Tue Mar 1 01:55:27 2016

I don't think this country is stupid enough to elect the likes of Trump. Can't you just see him telling Putin to sit down and shut up! He's such an embarrassing piece of white trash.

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Mar 1 02:15:44 2016

Trump is a lot of wind.

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by: comet This user has validated their user name.

Tue Mar 1 02:57:16 2016

@CORPUSCHROSTIE---

I am pretty sure Drumpf wants nothing of the sort!  He out-sourced HIS companies factories TO CHINA and MEXICO---he cares NOTHING for the US or any actual working person.  About which he knows--nothing.  Nada.  Zip.  

He is a blow hard bigot and will happily piss away whatever we have left of respect and credibility in the world without a second thought.  

For ME watching Drumpf and Rafael "The Canadian" Cruz and to a lesser but actually scarier extent that Cuban Rubio---is like watching the run up to WWII in real time.  I know how it ends.   A bunch of sociopaths who believe that God or some one determined that they should have control of the White House--and who none of them has the least respect for the Office or the People.  

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by: comet This user has validated their user name.

Tue Mar 1 02:58:57 2016

@GEMZ---Got your Confederate Hate Flag flying out side your house?  

Or do you favor the ACTUAL Flag of the Confederacy--the White Flag OF Surrender?  

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by: pfft!! This user has validated their user name.

Tue Mar 1 03:19:44 2016

I'll vote for him.  OF course, at this point I'll vote for ANYONE other than Hillary Clinton!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Tue Mar 1 07:09:39 2016

And Trump has never bought anyone?  LOL   I can't believe that I am agreeing with Meg Whitman on an issue.

Candidates who are not presidential should not even be considered. This man's big mouth would get us into a war so fast our heads would not have time to spin.

There is only one thing that scares me more than the thought of this man becoming president and that is the people in this country who would actually vote for him.

Keep dumbing them down and getting them fired up on social issues. Politicians love it.  And poor and middle class Americans, if you think that this man would actually do anything to help you you really are dumb.

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by: utraceman This user has validated their user name.

Tue Mar 1 08:55:56 2016

Its a shame that in our country we don't have better people running for president.  Look what the last 7 years have given us with someone with no business experience.  I don't like Trump either but at least he has some business experience vs Hillary who is a liar and a corrupt politician who probably would have been in prison years ago if Bill hadn't been elected president.

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by: That Guy This user has validated their user name.

Tue Mar 1 09:28:07 2016

It will be fun watching Bernie Sanders destroy Adolf Drumpf.

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by: Moonwishes This user has validated their user name.
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Tue Mar 1 09:32:43 2016

Staying out of current presidential candidates, Anyone that Meg is against, I generally would be for. She did more to ruin ebay than anyone else thought of doing. She laid the groundwork for the wreck that ebay has become and is responsible for  bringing in Donuthole and by extension his successor. I have no desire to take any of her recommended advice whatsoever.

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Tue Mar 1 09:32:49 2016

@Rexford
"There is only one thing that scares me more than the thought of this man becoming president and that is the people in this country who would actually vote for him."

I almost agree with you.  But if it comes down to the Donald vs. Hillary I would choose the Donald over not voting.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Al G

Tue Mar 1 09:33:36 2016

Let's not get into "Its a shame that in our country we don't have better people running for president.  Look what the last 7 years have given us with someone with no business experience".

Our last POTUS, the (P)resident shrub, had business experience in the oil industry complete with bankruptcies and how good was he for business - 2008 come to mind??

Previous Previous presidents with close ties to business did poorly - the Teapot Dome scandal, U.S.Grant's associates.

As far as the other candidates (and parties), I'll leave that to the Letters to the Editor section of the National Enquirer or your local rag (digital edition of course) where you can spend your time throwing F-bombs back & forth.

Please, let's just stay on The Donald & the CEO's issue.

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by: FREDDY This user has validated their user name.

Tue Mar 1 09:34:02 2016

I am afraid that if Clinton gets in the office, She and Bill will be the richest people in the world. Everything will be for sale at a price. The so called foundation is nothing but a front for the illegal activities.

Will it come down to wild man Trump or lying (not so honest) Clinton ?????

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by: NoFreeLunch This user has validated their user name.

Tue Mar 1 10:07:22 2016

They should have a problem.

Actually EcommerceBytes had an article on it in February
It's called Project Dragon Boat and here is the link to the article:
http://www.ecommercebytes.com/cab/abn/y16/m02/i10/s01.


Also,the
USPS EPacket should be discontinued, too.
Regular USPS customers, even those with Commercial Based Prices, are actually subsidizing Chinese shipping when they ship anything through the USPS. We pay more and have some sorting facilities and post offices close, so China can pay less.

As for Ebay, a family member was almost was a victim of one of the Chinese wedding dress factories on Ebay. They were using pirated designer dress pictures from a high class designer in Australia to market their knock off wedding dresses.
If we had a decent trade agreement with China over copyright and trademark violations, these scams, among other ones, could stop.

Will The Donald do anything about it?
The only thing I can say is the ones we have in office now haven't done anything to stop it.
In fact,they along with Meg Whitman and Jeff Bezos have made it easier for the Asian markets to flood the U.S. with cheap junk and export our jobs over seas.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Tue Mar 1 10:10:15 2016

@Moonwishes

When Meg Whitman joined eBay they had 30 employees, when she left they had 15,000.

She made eBay what it is. . .

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