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Where do you like to shop online for books and other stuff, besides Amazon.com?

I'm very annoyed at Amazon and don't want to do business with them any more. Recently Amazon.com cancelled all of it's affiliates' accounts in Colorado in a dispute about internet taxes:

Amazon cuts off Colo. affiliates because of tax
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iPg4t5MNoQ...

I am one of the people cut off. I had a small website that used Amazon.com to pay its expenses. I feel like I was used as a pawn in a battle between Amazon and Colorado state government. I don't appreciate it.

I'm against internet taxes, but I think Amazon took a cowardly approach to the problem, and people like me are hurt. I guess I'm now supposed to call my CO congressperson, and if enough of us complain they maybe the state will change it's tax laws. Well, forget it Amazon. This pawn will just take its business elsewhere.

So I'm looking for other places to shop. If they have an affiliate program so much the better. But mainly I don't want to buy my own personal stuff from Amazon.com any more.


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This seems like CO trying to tax interstate commerce. If that is correct, then the law won't hold water.

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Maybe BarnesandNoble.com perhaps?
 
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My dad won't let me shop online. It's okay tho, my local Gamestop is all I need.
 
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Amazon's response is reasonable.

They don't want to abide by the CO state law so they can only do one thing, move out of CO. By cutting ties with their affiliates, thats exactly what they've done. Better than becoming CO's tax collectors.
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BFoy wrote:
Amazon's response is reasonable.

They don't want to abide by the CO state law so they can only do one thing, move out of CO. By cutting ties with their affiliates, thats exactly what they've done. Better than becoming CO's tax collectors.

I'm sure Amazon has its reasons.

Is collecting taxes worse than losing affiliate income? Assuming affiliate income is big enough for them to care about, it only seems to make sense if they are trying to draw a line in the sand. Otherwise, the policy doesn't seem to make sense - will they eventually pull out of all 50 states when they too impose taxes?
 
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If they'd just get rid of states rights and make a federal requirement to collect sales tax on any sale, it would all work just fine. Until then, this is what the Amazons of the world will be forced to do.
 
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Randy Cox wrote:
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I was positive you'd say something like: "books? online? I am still using cuneiform on tablets!".
 
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bookdepository.com has free worldwide shipping.
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tommynomad wrote:
bookdepository.com has free worldwide shipping.


Oh, yes... good suggestion.

There's also:

http://www.bookcrossing.com/
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How about good shopping sites for things other than books? Amazon has tons of stuff besides. Any alternatives (not auction sites, I hate those)?

 
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I've bought books and CDs from here: http://www.buyolympia.com/q/

CDs + LPs from here: http://www.killrockstars.com/

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tommynomad wrote:
bookdepository.com has free worldwide shipping.


I love this site.
 
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