Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
Gov. Jan Brewer touring an Amazon warehouse in Phoenix last year, before the state levied its assessment on the company. (Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer)
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This is a good thing. And long overdue. I confess to loving Amazon for its speed, quality, selection, and price. But I have felt guilty about it - it isn't fair to the local shop owners who have to collect sales tax. Now, my guilt is assuaged. And I'll order from Amazon almost guilt-free.
Sigh...Amazon has lost it's advantage. I'm not opposed to paying taxes, and I do buy most of my stuff locally, as even avid internet shoppers do. But...giving more money to incompetent politicians to waste is a shame.
Guess I'll be looking to other online retailers to buy from. Any ideas which ones still don't charge sales tax? Ebay is always a choice, and overseas...
Well, they may move from the state. I'm not opposed to the idea and it will make folks buy local---I just don't trust what dumb thing Jan will do with the $$.
The "Brick and Mortar" guys crying amazes me. Online purchases (from other states) carry with it freight costs which can easily double the price of purchases. Trouble is, you drive all over the state and not find what you want from the locals (in some cases). So there is NO ADVANTAGE for the online companies overall!
So far as state revenues are involved, delivery companies (UPS, FEDEX, etc.) more than make up for losses in sales tax, through gasoline taxes, payroll taxes, etc.).
You're looking at GREED, GREED and more GREED from State government and local retailers!!
Well, it was nice while it lasted, but I also like that I can use my credit card "points" for purchases. Also, it's nice to shop without getting warn out or finding they're out of something.
Taxes are a fact of life. They rise not fall. Amazon has a local (State) presence and should pay their way like like other businesses. The only tax applied is for "in state" sales.We would be better served by demanding better controls on the government spending end of the pipe line, keep the services and cut the excesses and waste.
Politician are like crack addicts only money=crack
Amazon could do like about every other American company has done cross the border and set up shop.
This is nothing but greed on the part of Arizona politicians. They want the money and do not give a toss if it forces Amazon to move out of state or the jobs that will be lost. I for one am tired of financing these high spending high rollers in this state.
Oh - vote a resounding NO on making the 'temporary' 1% tax increase permanent.
Crack can appear safer than giving $$$$$ to the political machine in Arizona when I consider how too much of OUR money is used to further entrench the reigning con artists in our legislature, state, county and city governments (not all government folks mind you but even a few are way too many) and that fact sure seems to harm us more often than not.
Well, it looks like most of you get it. This is nothing more than the gov. disease GREED!!! Besides that they want to raise the sales tax again...in some stores that will bring it to over 10%. It's already 9.6%. Check your reciepts if you don't think so! We need to get a grip on this "legal robbery" that all govt's are guilty of! The mesateacher who feels guilty for not paying more taxes must be getting govt. paychecks!!!
I suppose the folks who shop online just love the empty store-fronts in so many shopping centers. Years ago they complained about Wal-mart destroying small family owned business, but apparently it's OK if the internet does it. Pehaps someday you internet shoppers can sit down in front of your computer with your grandchildren and window shop for birthdays or the holidays. What an incredible sad scenario that is. I have shopped locally my entire life and go out of my way to support my local businesses and organizations. I am willing to spend a few extra dollars to be treated like a human, to be respected by the owner, to make friendships with these folks, and to get the servie I deserve as a customer.
As a side note, the last thing fat Americans need is another way not to move around. Drive-through everything and now "drive-through" shopping. How lazy can you possibly get?
You people who believe that the state should collect sales tax are brain dead.
For one Arizona has a surplus state budget. Do they ever refund extra taxes to you? Second, by legislative action the state has turned the retailers into state collection agents. Retailers spend there own time and money just to collect for the state. This adds to the sellers overhead. Amazon sells good merchandise and delivers to the door at lower prices. . There warranties and free prompt shipping are outstanding. I can shop easily on line and do not have to run all over town in this God forsaken heat to buy something, On larger items like furniture the retailers complain because they do not always carry an adequate selection of good products and they charge extra for delivery. Bottom line is that the GREEDY state continues to suck money from the poor tax payer. AND THE CONSUMERS LOOSE.
Well taht does it for me,for i will no longer order or make any further purchase from Amazon ,for there is a whole internet out there to select from with no tax and free shipping.To each his own i say.
Larry: would you prefer to live in a state that is going under? Taxes are the only way any government has income. If anything reduces that income, the amount they have to spend is obviouly reduced. Real estate, income, and sales taxes aree vital to evry state as they cannot just print money like the imbeciles in the federal government can.
If the online retailers are made to collect the sales tax, we just might get the sales tax lowered.
Gotta love all the chest-thumpers out there: Harumph! That does it for me! I'll never shop at (fill in the blank) again!
They're probably shopping there right now.
And to everyone out there screaming "Greed, Greed, Greed". How is collecting money to run a state greed? Politicians do mismanage funds, but how do you ascribe greed to that? Another example of the misinformed screaming at the top of their lungs nonsense that just makes them feel good about themselves.
Amazon is still a better deal than brick and mortar shopping. They have free shipping, for most of their products. Their service is excellent, and I don't have to waste gasoline, and time, driving all over to go shopping.
Retail businesses are closing and boarding up, not because they can't compete price-wise, but because they can't compete with the economy that was brought to us all, by the banks and Wall Street.
The State is just doing what it must do, in order to stay afloat. We, as voters, aren't willing to vote for taxes, for even the most basic services, even though there are more of us using more of those services every day. In a climate where raising taxes mean assured loss of your job, where do you go for needed revenues?
Sales tax...that's where...
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