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    Amazon stands to gain from online-sales tax
    The next-best scenario, Mazerov said, is for Amazon to ensure its Internet rivals must charge local sales taxes, too.
    Looks like eBay is the hold out, what happened to Overstock? I see Wal-mart as the loser if the federal bill passes. It was always a bluff that they support the Main Street Fairness Act. Once passed they will see increased pressure from Amazon (or are they already). With same day delivery in most metropolitan areas and free with a Amazon Prime account, Wal-mart will have to step-up to compete.

    Possible winners are the Mom & Pop under $1M in online sales merchants who can be competitive with sales sans sales tax. Would be ripe for new affiliate programs to allow affiliates to be their online marketing partners to spread the word. Also bigger brands could turn more to affiliates to carry the online marketing load. OK, that last one was a load, never happen?

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    We've been charging sales tax since Jan 1 of this year and have seen little to no change in sales. I think it's a much smaller issue than it's been made out to be.

    It may hit big ticket items heavily but I think those in $100 AOV range, which puts most taxes around $5-10, shouldn't see much of a problem.

    It will be interesting to see how things shake out though.

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    Wal-mart will have to step-up to compete.
    Walmart's customers and Amazon customers I think rarely cross over. Besides, won't take much for this to go from grocery to all inclusive...

    Walmart to Go
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    I think consumers will make out as those two battle on grocery delivery as they are doing it at a lost to test the market now.

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    Actually, Amazon posts a bigger threat to the Google - Merchants may find it cheaper to use Amazon's platform, pay up to 15%, versus spending SEO / PPC / Affiliate Money...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Convergence View Post
    Actually, Amazon posts a bigger threat to the Google - Merchants may find it cheaper to use Amazon's platform, pay up to 15%, versus spending SEO / PPC / Affiliate Money...
    This x 10 - especially if they ever let merchants market to the customer directly (doubt they ever will but...)

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    Agree and when G starts screwing Amazon and they take their advertising elsewhere it could be a game changer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick View Post
    Agree and when G starts screwing Amazon and they take their advertising elsewhere it could be a game changer.
    Amazon doesn't need the Google. EVERYONE* I know goes direct to Amazon to shop - from their cell phones (no longer have PCs in their homes).

    *when I say everyone, I mean my regular friends and family
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