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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-01-08 06:12
Subject: [links] Link salad is sleepy in Seattle
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Bezos is lying to youScrivener's Error on amazon.com and sales tax. And gosh, what a shock. Amazon.com abusing their market position and brand to do something inappropriate? Next they'll tell us water is wet.

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?otD: Ever wake up in a different bed than the one you fell asleep in?

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User: autopope
Date: 2011-01-08 14:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Point of note: Amazon is perfectly happy to collect VAT (sales tax) in Europe. So +1 for "Amazon are lying".
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User: mastadge
Date: 2011-01-08 16:23 (UTC)
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I never wake up in the same bed I fall into, for I am not the same person and it is not the same bed. Or something.
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User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-01-08 17:52 (UTC)
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A point to add to Scrivener's:

They won't really pull out. This is just a threat to raise public antagonism toward the bill. Amazon make <a href="http://finapps.forbes.com/finapps/jsp/finance/compinfo/FinancialIndustrial.jsp?tkr=amzn&period=qtr>FAR too much money on fees</a> to want to pull out of a state. Besides the $39.99/mo subscription fee, a percentage fee on each sale, and (though this theoretically doesn't exist anymore - it's just called something else) something around $1.40 out of the shipping and handling fee per "standard" shipping order, Amazon also have a massive name-recognition advantage that individual retailers can't match without help from another of the "Big A's" (abebooks, alibris, etc).
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