Buy now: Amazon sales tax hits Saturday

Sept. 13, 2012

By John Seiler

If you live in California and have been thinking of buying anything on Amazon.com, do so today or Friday. On Saturday, Sept. 15, the state imposes its sales tax — 8 percent or so depending on the county — on purchases from Amazon.com.

A year ago, Gov. Jerry Brown forced this deal on Amazon.com. According to federal law, sales tax doesn’t have to be paid by businesses located in other states. But Brown, obsessed with making us all more tax slaves than we already are, signed into law legislation imposing the tax anyway. Then he negotiated a deal with Amazon to delay the tax a year.

Amazon.com since has tried to make the best of a bad deal by building warehouses in the state. So now there’s no way to go back. The upside is that we get goods shipped to us a day or so earlier than before. I imagine most people would rather wait a day extra than pay the tax.

Local, California businesses did complain that it was unfair they had to fork over the sales tax, but Amazon.com did not. Walmart made the same complaint, lobbying for the tax. The solution there was simple: cancel the sales tax for everybody. Side benefits would have been that we would be enslaved by taxes a little less, and government would have to cut out some of its incredible waste, fraud and abuse. It still would have robbed us copiously through property and income taxes.

To avoid giving Brown more of your money for which he will only do evil, buy today and tomorrow. For Saturday the tax shackles are tightened around your wrists.

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  1. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 13 September, 2012, 09:58

    Here is the list of online sellers who have terminated their affiliate programs:
    6pm.com
    Amazon.com
    Audible.com
    B&H Photo & Electronics Corp.
    Backcountry
    Barware.com
    Beach Trading Co.
    BeautyBar.com
    BedBathStore
    Benchmark Brands Inc.
    CSN Stores
    Diapers.com
    Drugstore.com
    Endless.com
    Fabric.com
    Gaiam
    GiftBaskets.com
    Hayneedle
    Higher Power Inc.
    Lacrosse.com
    Muscle and Strength
    MyHabit.com
    Northern Tool
    Overton’s
    Overstock.com
    PC Connection
    Potpourri Group
    Quidsi
    ShindigZ.com
    Shoebuy, Inc.
    Shopbop
    SmallParts.com
    Soap.com
    The Tire Rack
    Thinkgeek.com
    Total Gym
    Wine Enthusiast
    Woot.com
    Zappos.com

    there are probably more by now…
    Katy

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  2. Queeg
    Queeg 13 September, 2012, 11:32

    Everyone obsesses about taxes.

    In early days the Tory Bunch did the King’s bidding….and took a slice themselves….

    Modern day:
    Same slice but a couple more slices to work the democracy….redistribute and count their votes.

    What’s enough?

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  3. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 13 September, 2012, 11:43

    It’a about time!!! People who avoid paying taxes are one thing,DEADBEATS!!! This is the right step for california.Thank you JB!!!

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  4. Bob
    Bob 13 September, 2012, 17:48

    I don’t think Amazon having warehouses in CA will save that much time on shipping. I know Amazon had a huge warehouse right across the border in Sparks and they shipped stuff out of there at night.

    So now Caulifornians (as Ahnode sez) will have to spend 7.25 to around 10% more and have fewer choices as the affiliates leave.

    Pay more and get less, ain’t gummit grand?

    Well, the Brown Stain picked a great time: 6 weeks before he wants us to allow him to steal even more of our money.

    And add in the new fire protection fee racket, the news of who knows how many bureaucracies with slush funds of tens of millions of dollars and all the other absurd news like bullet trains to nowhere and taxpayers having to fund the college education of illegal aliens and the Brown Stains bogus pension reform and voters should be damned furious.

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  5. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 14 September, 2012, 00:04

    There goes over 50% of Amazons business……

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  6. nraendowment
    nraendowment 14 September, 2012, 05:15

    Rex, I agree this is really going to hammer Amazon sales from California. I purchase as much as possible from Amazon to avoid feeding the mindless beast in Sacramento (sorry NTHEOC, but the Socialists in this state already tax me blind to pay for illegal aliens and any other black hole they can waste my money on, so I feel ZERO guilt. Don’t be a sucker.) and I will cut way back if choices become limited and I’m being taxed too. Amazon made a deal with the devil and it’s going to hurt them.

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  7. Queeg
    Queeg 14 September, 2012, 07:49

    You deserve to be taxed….the Romans……Give unto Brown what is Brown’s

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  8. David in Irvine
    David in Irvine 14 September, 2012, 10:21

    I am pleased to announce that I made my first purchase on Amazon in nearly two years last night.

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  9. Queeg
    Queeg 14 September, 2012, 14:53

    Pay taxes to Brown….

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  10. thinkorsink
    thinkorsink 15 September, 2012, 07:11

    HMMM…warehouse in CA sounds like more jobs for folks in California to me. A little tiny bit of money for the greatest state in the Union. California is the land of milk and honey and if you don’t want to pay taxes then stop your whining and move to Oregon or Florida. In my opinion, the climate of CA is totally worth 10% sales tax.

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  11. Queeg
    Queeg 15 September, 2012, 14:50

    Why work?

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