Amazon shopper app causes retail uproar | Dec. 14
Lack of online tax isn't the problem
The we-must-tax-online-sales-to-protect-local-businesses song and dance is hooey.
The lack of online sales tax isn't the only — or even the main — reason local dealers are losing. Online sales are usually much cheaper and would remain so even if they were taxed. The economies of scale and automation, whether mechanical or cybernetic, are facts of life and have been for a century.
The big guys at Barnes & Noble — and their counterparts at the now-out-of-business Borders — were swallowing up neighborhood bookstores even before Amazon.
Michael Zwerdling, Palm Harbor