My adventure with Internet sales began in 2002, but I didn’t become an Internet retailer until 2004. I had a full-time job as a plumber, when one day I injured both my knees on the job. I had to undergo multiple surgeries and months of physical therapy, after which I was no longer be able to continue working as a plumber. That’s when my online sales had to turn into a real business. Today I sell hundreds of Disney items through the Internet to customers all over the world. As a true Disney enthusiast I can look back at the last ten years and say that dreams really do come true! Yet Federal legislation that has come out of Congress threatens to crush our dreams.
In ten years, nothing has caused more uncertainty for my business than the Marketplace Fairness Act. This bill threatens to end small businesses that have used the Internet to compete with billion-dollar retailers. It puts me at a disadvantage! Any brick-and-mortar store by requiring me to collect from over 9,000 taxing jurisdictions. It shackles the opportunity for growth by setting the exemption bar at a low and arbitrary $1,000,000 revenue threshold.
I urge Congressman Salmon to take a look at the stakeholders pushing this bill forward, and re-evaluate whether they’re really spending millions of dollars to save main street ‘mom-and-pop stores,’ or spending that money to monopolize the market further and eliminate the vibrant array of small businesses that exists today.