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August 8, 2012 · 1 Comment

Amazon Adds Textbook Rental Program

Rentals could save students big money.

College textbooks are expensive. Parents know it. Students know it, and so does Amazon.
To help students cut cost—and to enter a new market—the retailer is now offering students the option of renting their textbooks from, instead of buying them with its new Textbook Rental program. Read More

July 20, 2012 · No comments

Amazon UK to Require 30-Day Return Policy

Change meant to provide 'best experience' for shoppers.

Amazon U.K. wants shoppers to have a “consistent” experience when they shop on the venue, whether it’s from the retail giant itself or a third-party Amazon seller.
That’s why it will begin requiring that all third-party sellers on Amazon U.K. offer “return policies that are at least as favorable as Amazon’s,” beginning Aug. Read More

July 17, 2012 · No comments

Amazon Preps for Olympic Games

Alternative routes, pick-up lockers to help mitigate delivery delays.

With the opening ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics on the horizon—and several road closures expected during the games—Amazon wants buyers and sellers to know it’s prepared for potential disruptions.
“We have worked closely with our carrier network to ensure that you receive your packages on time, from the moment the torch arrives in London… until the closure of Olympic Park on [Sept. Read More

July 9, 2012 · 12 Comments

Avoiding Negative Feedback on Amazon

It's not easy to stay 100% positive, but here are some proven tactics that can help.

Feedback has always been a way for buyers to differentiate between sellers. Do they want to buy from the seller with 87-percent positive feedback or the seller with 100-percent positive feedback? While this example may be an obvious choice, in reality, the numbers are usually much closer than that. Read More

July 2, 2012 · No comments

Amazon Begins Collecting Texas Internet Sales Tax

Retailer had deals in place to collect online sales tax for 13 states.

Sunday wasn’t just the first day of July; it was the first day Amazon had to begin collecting Internet sales tax from Texas residents.
The July 1 date was part of a tax deal Amazon reached with Texas Comptroller Susan Combs in late April. Read More

May 31, 2012 · No comments

Amazon to Collect Sales Tax in New Jersey

Online retailer will build two sites in the state next year.

Amazon will collect online sales tax on purchases in New Jersey starting next year.
In a joint announcement Wednesday, officials said that “after months of hard work and cooperation” of Amazon, state government and legislators, Amazon agreed to begin collecting and remitting online sales tax in New Jersey by July 1, 2013. Read More

May 22, 2012 · No comments

Outright Improves Amazon Integration

Online bookkeeping tool keeps track of financial data.

Merchants know how difficult it is to manage a business, not to mention all the financial data that goes with it.
Outright, a leading bookkeeping service for e-commerce merchants, recently announced it has improved its service for Amazon sellers by allowing them to directly sync with Checkout by Amazon, as well as other integration improvements for Pro Merchant sellers. Read More

May 21, 2012 · No comments

Amazon May Pocket Some of California’s Sales Tax

Two cities want to give online retailer tax rebates.

While the ink dries on a deal between Amazon and California regarding online sales tax and business growth, officials in two cities are considering giving back more than half the tax money generated from the retail giant.
Amazon came to an agreement with the state to begin collecting online sales tax on purchases starting in the fall and to set up distribution centers in San Bernadino and Patterson. Read More

May 8, 2012 · No comments

Amazon to Add Fulfillment Centers in California

Retailer could build 10 new facilities, analyst projects.

Amazon will build two fulfillment centers in California over the next year, the retail giant recently announced, as part of the deal it reached with the state to delay its collection of online sales tax.
The first center is expected to employ 1,000 workers and measure 950,000 square feet. Read More

May 1, 2012 · No comments

Amazon to Collect Online Sales Tax in Texas

Deal erases $269 million debt for uncollected taxes.

Amazon has resolved a little matter of a $269 million tax bill from the state of Texas by agreeing to start collecting online sales tax in the state on July 1, and add thousands of jobs over the next four years. Read More