Please, tax Internet purchases

By May 12, 2011

Jeff Simons made a very good point in his letter the other day, that Internet buying does not benefit the local community. Might I add that this is encouraged by the lack of sales taxes on those sales?

How fair is it that a person can go into Watermelon Music, try out various guitars, draw on the expert advice of the assistants at the store, and then go home and make savings by buying the instrument they selected online? Sales tax on Internet purchases should be introduced as soon as possible so as to protect local (California) business and our communities.

And please, boycott Amazon.com, which has gone to extraordinary lengths to avoid paying sales taxes in California. I understand the savings to be made and the convenience of Amazon, but please, support your local bookstore.

Gabe Lewin


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