Originally Posted by geekmaster
Amazon also operates under multiple subsidiary names to avoid needing to charge sales tax in many states. But more states are writing laws to close that "loophole". I posted details about this (with a link to a relevant section of the amazon article at WikiPedia) in another thread at MobileRead.
Many "Brick and Morter" retailers want to get rid of the internet "tax-free" ride for online purchases, so they have less "unfair" competition with online-only stores. Some of them complain that many customers visit their store to see and handle their products, then go home and place a cheaper online order.
Tax free internet sales for us in the USA may not last much longer, I am afraid.
Yep, and it was these same mega-stores that drove the "mom and pop" stores out of business all across this nation. Now that Amazon figured out how to drive them out of business they are crying a river. No sympathy from me! If they want to compete then they need to transform themselves into the Amazon model--or die the miserable death they forced on the poor mom and pops.