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Dodging sales tax is getting harder for Amazon and other online retailers – US Nationwide

July 17th, 2012

So you buy online to save on tax…. sometimes so do I.
At this point if this is true and eventually we will have to pay sales tax for online orders I think B&M stores will win…

Amazon Sales Tax NJ

In the past there have been numerous advantages when ordering from online retailers like Amazon. Along with lower prices and free shipping, the majority of states do not charge sales tax on purchases unless a company has a physical location within the state. More and more states are attempting to change this, however. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently reached an agreement with Amazon that will see the state collect sales taxes on online purchases beginning in July 2013, The Wall Street Journal reported. The governor called the taxation of online sales “an important issue to all the nation’s governors” and he endorses federal legislation that would give all states authority to tax online retailers, a move that could revitalize traditional brick-and-mortar retailers and produce $23 billion in new annual revenue.

Democrats and Republicans alike are attempting to do just that, and are pushing a bill that gives states the authority to collect sales tax from online companies. “The handwriting is on the wall that states will collect sales taxes on online purchases,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican who supports the bill. “This is going to happen—if not this year, then definitely by next year.”

The news isn’t all bad for consumers, though. Amazon is believed to be in the process of rolling out same-day shipping on purchases made in states where it has distribution facilities. The retailer’s facilities are also estimated to create at least 1,500 full-time jobs, as well as “thousands” of seasonal, part-time and construction jobs. By 2014, Amazon customers will pay sales taxes in at least 13 states that account for nearly half of the U.S. population.

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Source – Linky

 

GoGo Inflight Service Should Be Considered a SCAM

June 19th, 2012

Well what is GoGo? GoGo is kinda the only and worst inflight internet provider.
Prices range from $9.99 for one flight to $39.99 unlimited service per month.

Great now that we are clear on that will it blend?  how does it work in real life?
I’ve used GoGo a few times now to work during flights, emails, IM’s and general browsing…
The speeds are slow, don’t get me wrong sometimes slow is better then nothing but don’t look for anything amazing.
Service is spotty at best and here is my story.

I tried to stream a game on my phone – Game 3 Miami Heat vs OKC Thunder (let’s not get into the game) and the moment I try to stream via my PAID ESPN go service I get a nice notification hold on your out of the US so we can’t stream to you, please try again when you are back in the US.
Needless to say I was traveling from DFW to RDU (NC)…. ok that’s not working let’s try NBA TV – again PAID…. no go again.

So I send an email to GoGo customer services telling them about my experience and requesting a voucher for my next flight, and here is what I got in response.

Hello,Thank you for contacting Gogo. In general, streaming full length television or movies from the ground (NetFlix, Hulu, etc.) is not supported. Watching a few short video clips should work most of the time.

For immediate assistance when you are having an issue with Gogo, please contact us via Live Chat by clicking https://custhelp.gogoinflight.com while you’re in the air or on the ground. We can also be reached 24/7 at 877-350-0038.

Fly classy,

Your Friends at Gogo Customer Care

So I sent them a nice response (telling them they should note this one their MAIN page) but never heard anything back.

After reading their TOS I found the main thing that I love to see on any site

The Service is provided “As-Is” and as available. Gogo and its Service providers, partners, and affiliates expressly disclaim any warranties and conditions of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to, the warranties or conditions of merchantability 

Gogo (and each of its service providers) makes no warranty that: (a) the Service will meet your requirements; (b) the Service will be available on an uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free and malicious code-free basis; or (c) the results that may be obtained from the use of the Service will be accurate or reliable.

WoW – needless to say I’m not paying for their service unless it’s paid for by someone else.
I would be ok with everything if they notes some more details on their main page but a SCAM is a SCAM

Kogan Imposing Tax On Shoppers Who Use IE7

June 15th, 2012

Original Post – Linky

Online electronics retailer Kogan is no stranger to novel pricing approaches, but this one takes the cake: from now on, anyone who visits the Kogan site using IE7 will be charged an additional 6.8% “IE7 tax” — 0.1% for each month since the browser was released — on any purchases.

Visitors to the site who use IE7 will see a pop-up message suggesting that they install a “better browser”, with links to Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera (though not to IE9). In a blog post announcing the change, founder Ruslan Kogan says that the cost of making the site render properly on IE7 isn’t worth the hassle.

Microsoft itself has worked hard to persuade users to upgrade as part of general system patches, and as we’ve noted recently, the current Internet Explorer 9 release performs much better than you might think. We’re not sure how many actual customers this will impact, but driving bargain shoppers towards using a more modern browser is no bad thing. I can’t imagine anyone choosing to pay extra and sticking with IE7, but if it does happen, I’m sure we’ll hear about it.

Kogan

If Web Browsers Were Women How Would They Look? – Image

September 15th, 2011

Well, I just liked this image from Illustrator Moie “Eskimoie” Preisenberger has drawn a series of beautiful ladies based on different browser logos. Check it out!

sa2LD

As well you could check out an old post at the next web

http://thenextweb.com/2009/03/16/browsers-women/

 

eBay – Why so many buyers Don’t leave feedback??

August 11th, 2011

So I sell stuff on eBay (don’t make millions of $$$ like some others) and I might sell 5 items a month.
Here is what get’s me going on the whole eBay feedback system.

The feedback systems used to go both ways of leaving a feedback for the buyer and the seller.

The idea is great but overtime and after a few small changes it simply went bad.
Buyer –  you buy something and you leave a feedback on the sale (good(Positive)/bad(Negative) or in some cases Neutral).
Seller – you sell something and you can either leave a  Positive feedback or not leave a feedback at all.

In the pas the seller could leave a negative feedback to the buyer as well but that changed due to the fact that many sellers would have a statement in their auctions “We will leave a positive feedback after receiving one”… but that just makes buyers nervous of leaving a negative feedback for the seller and getting one.

So why am I writing this post? as it does seem to be a beef about nothing…
In the past three months I’ve sold 27 items and only received 5 feedback’s from buyer, and although this is a voluntary system the concept is just bad.
I have listed 15 items but as a buyer if I look at the feedback’s the seller received I don’t see that he sold much… that might put me off from buying from him.
As a seller I can’t leave negative feedback to buyers (they don’t all deserve one but 1% of them might) as I just sold an item and the buyer was not willing to pay after he didn’t read the auction correctly.

I think eBay should promote a different system based on delivery or some other method that when the buyer recived the item (USPS shipping confermation) the sale would at least show up on my records as being sold and delivered…

Thoughts?

 

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