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May 28, 2008

Say what?

I just placed an order at and got this message:

Due to a new law recently passed by the State of New York we are required to collect NY sales taxes on taxable items sold by on or after June 1st, 2008. If your order is placed prior to June 1st, your Order Total may not include an estimate of NY sales taxes, but those taxes may still be charged if your order is readied for shipment on or after that date.


Posted by Karol at 03:37 PM |
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The New York State Government truly is a bunch of bastards for this unconstitutional tax.

Posted by: RonL at May 28, 2008 at 4:29 pm

I’m surprised Amazon hasn’t dumped its New York affiliates like Overstock and other online retailers. If they lose the affiliates, they can stop charging sales tax. I would think they’ll lose more sales by charging a tax than they gain through affiliate clickthroughs.

Posted by: Jim Lesczynski at May 28, 2008 at 4:51 pm

I know here in Dallas it was revealed that Amazon has a warehouse and will have to start paying sales tax here too. I wonder if it’s the same in NY.

Posted by: Shawn at May 28, 2008 at 5:18 pm

Yeah, I saw that article and thought, “Okay, so Amazon just basically decided it doesn’t want any customers in NY? What are they paying their lawyers for again?”

Posted by: Youngblai at May 28, 2008 at 5:44 pm

Albany sucks!
Guess I’ll have to place my order before 6/1

Posted by: jaws at May 28, 2008 at 7:41 pm

I will be shipping items to my dad’s office in NJ. It’s easy enough to meet up with them for the handoffs. Feel free to follow suit, I’ll give you the address if you want.

Posted by: Ari at May 29, 2008 at 4:41 am

Article I, Section 9: “No tax or duty shall be laid on articles exported from any state.”
This was meant principally for states that would tax other states’ exports to foreign nations, but it also applies to interstate commerce. Therefore, this law is unconstitutional — as if the legislators could be any more traitorous to justice and liberty.
Amazon says they have “filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of this provision. However, as required by the law, we must still begin collecting New York sales tax beginning on that date.” So what will happen, people will get refunds? Even if Amazon wins, you can bet they’ll be the one stuck with giving “credits” to people’s payment methods, which is a cost they’ll have to pass onto their customers.
Spitzer is likely not doing anything now. As penance, he should have to work 20-hour days, signing refund checks for NYS residents (assuming Amazon wins, which I fear won’t happen).
The French government found that Amazon is guilty of anti-competitive practices, because it offers the free shipping. Amazon there is gladly paying a daily 1000 euro fine, rather than comply. Unfortunately it isn’t so easy with New York State tyrants. Out of principle, I’ll start having things delivered to a friend out of state, then reimburse my friend for shipping it to me. And for anything I buy in a brick-and-mortar store, I’ll make every effort to buy it out of state. Fuck the legislature. Goddamn greedy SOBs. There isn’t a dime they don’t want to get their grubby hands on.

Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at May 29, 2008 at 10:30 am

“Fuck the legislature.”
Comment of the year, by far.
Can you find a way to work that phrase into every post from now on?
It can’t be said enough.

Posted by: E5 at May 29, 2008 at 5:31 pm
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