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February 1, 2012 · No comments

Amazon’s Q4 Earnings Disappoint

Growing operating expenses sink profits.

Amazon’s e-readers were hot items during the nine-week holiday season, but the company had a less-than-stellar final quarter of 2011, officials announced on Tuesday. While the company’s net sales increased 35 percent to $17.4 billion during the fourth quarter, experts had expected a number more like $18.3 billion. Read More

January 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

Amazon Reminds S.C. Buyers to Pay Taxes

Emails fulfill part of a deal reached with state lawmakers.

Amazon is reminding shoppers in South Carolina that they need to pay sales tax for the items they bought on its site last year. The marketplace recently began sending emails to its South Carolina buyers, telling them they are responsible for reporting and paying sales tax for Amazon.com purchases made in 2011, though Amazon does not have to collect these taxes. Read More

January 23, 2012 · No comments

Amazon to Open SC Fulfillment Center

Second site in the state gets online retailer closer to sales-tax exception.

Amazon will open a new fulfillment center in South Carolina later this year, bringing more jobs to the area, and getting the online retailer closer to fulfilling requirements for an online sales-tax exception, officials announced today. The center is expected to open in the fall and will cost Amazon about $50 million. Read More

January 17, 2012 · 1 Comment

Rev Up Sales in Your Web Store in 2012

Part 2 of an interview with e-commerce maven John Lawson.

In Rev Up eBay Sales in 2012, we spoke with John “ColderICE” Lawson about what eBay sellers can do to enhance their sales in the New Year. We hope you found his advice to be sound. Lawson was also very generous in sharing with us some great tips for sellers who have ventured beyond eBay to Amazon and the Web at large. Read More

January 11, 2012 · No comments

Amazon, Indiana Come to Tax Terms

Sales tax will be collected on Amazon purchases to the state.

In the continuing saga of Amazon versus the Internet sales tax, the online retailer has come to an agreement with the state of Indiana. Purchases from Amazon that are shipped to Indiana will be charged sales tax beginning January 2014. That is, unless the federal government enforces a nationwide law before then. Read More

September 19, 2011 · No comments

Where Should You Sell Online?

Consider these factors to determine the best marketplace for your items.

When you decide to sell online, you may know what kind of products you want to offer, but you may be less certain of where you want to post your items for sale. Who can blame you? With so many online marketplaces, it can be tough to know which marketplace best suits you—and your products. Read More

September 13, 2011 · No comments

Amazon, California Strike a Deal

Legislators approve bill that delays sales tax collection.

Amazon and other online retailers may have one more year before they have to start collecting sales tax from California residents, California lawmakers decided late last week. That’s thanks to Assembly Bill 155, which legislators approved on Friday. The bill postpones enforcement of Assembly Bill 28, which passed in June, and requires out-of-state retailers doing business in California to collect and pay sales tax if they make more than $50,000 a year. Read More

August 25, 2011 · No comments

Amazon, eBay, Alibaba.com Top Retail Sites

Marketplaces account for half of online retail traffic in June.

Amazon, eBay and Alibaba.com were the top three destinations for online shoppers around the world during the month of June, according to a recent survey. The three sites together accounted for 50 percent of traffic to online retail sites during that month, reports researcher Companiesandmarkets.com. Read More



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