OT: Luckily we taxed Amazon so they bring jobs here!

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Submitted by no_such_reality on November 27, 2012 - 5:54pm

Submitted by bearishgurl on November 27, 2012 - 6:37pm.

Tracy will welcome Amazon into the fold. Jobs paying an avg of $11 hr are fine as they will involve no commute in a city that is its own epicenter of foreclosures ... for good reason. They are a back bedroom of Livermore which is a back bedroom of Oakland. Average commuting time from Tracy to OAK almost ANY time of day is undoubtedly ~1.75 hrs (barring any accidents).

Hooray for them and maybe this means we consumers in SD will get our orders in a more timely manner!

Submitted by all on November 28, 2012 - 9:04am.

bearishgurl wrote:

Hooray for them and maybe this means we consumers in SD will get our orders in a more timely manner!

They already have one in San Bernardino, 750 full time workers, according to one of the comments.

Submitted by ninaprincess on November 28, 2012 - 12:07pm.

I thought I would quit buying from Amazon if they collect Tax. But no, I am still buying from Amazon. It is too convenient.

Submitted by earlyretirement on November 28, 2012 - 5:09pm.

ninaprincess wrote:
I thought I would quit buying from Amazon if they collect Tax. But no, I am still buying from Amazon. It is too convenient.

I totally agree it's so convenient. Last year I tried the Amazon Prime where you pay less than $99 and you get unlimited free 2 day shipping.

It's hard to believe they can make money with people that get very low cost items delivered all the time.

It's so darn easy to order stuff and many times they overnight things vs. 2 day shipping and it's totally free. Like yesterday the tire pressure light went on in my SUV. I ordered a $10 tire pressure gauge and it is arriving tomorrow. No shipping.

I order tons of smaller items and can't beat not having to drive to the store to pick it up. Amazon just makes it too easy. Especially with the Amazon Prime Membership and the free 2 day shipping.

Submitted by desmond on November 28, 2012 - 5:21pm.

Early,
Soon as it gets a little cold out on go the "check tire" lights.

Submitted by ninaprincess on November 29, 2012 - 8:48am.

Yes, I do have Amazon Prime. In addition to the Free Shipping, you also get Instant Videos and Most Importantly you can borrow one Free E-book a month.

earlyretirement wrote:
ninaprincess wrote:
I thought I would quit buying from Amazon if they collect Tax. But no, I am still buying from Amazon. It is too convenient.

I totally agree it's so convenient. Last year I tried the Amazon Prime where you pay less than $99 and you get unlimited free 2 day shipping.

It's hard to believe they can make money with people that get very low cost items delivered all the time.

It's so darn easy to order stuff and many times they overnight things vs. 2 day shipping and it's totally free. Like yesterday the tire pressure light went on in my SUV. I ordered a $10 tire pressure gauge and it is arriving tomorrow. No shipping.

I order tons of smaller items and can't beat not having to drive to the store to pick it up. Amazon just makes it too easy. Especially with the Amazon Prime Membership and the free 2 day shipping.

Submitted by barnaby33 on November 29, 2012 - 9:29am.

Prices on Prime items are higher, to cover the shipping cost. Amazon isn't stupid. I use prime extensively, but it's a chimera, when considering price.

Since Amazon already has distribution centers here was the OP being glib when they linked a new center to tax collection?

Ninaprincess, they are still cheaper in most cases than anyone else. Even with tax.
Josh

Submitted by bearishgurl on November 29, 2012 - 12:10pm.

barnaby33 wrote:
Prices on Prime items are higher, to cover the shipping cost. Amazon isn't stupid. I use prime extensively, but it's a chimera, when considering price.

Since Amazon already has distribution centers here was the OP being glib when they linked a new center to tax collection?

Ninaprincess, they are still cheaper in most cases than anyone else. Even with tax.
Josh

barnaby, Amazon is obviously building its distribution centers in CA on the cheapest land they can get ... which makes sense (to hold their prices down). Any "beleaguered area" in the "armpit" of CA with 50%++ of distressed properties would be thrilled to have a new employer move in, offering the locals 750-1000 new jobs.

As it should be. If that's the deal they made with Jerry, then so be it. Imagine how much sales tax the (small) state of TN collects (from their own residents and a poss % of other states) with all those online distribution centers located within minutes from the one of the country's main UPS shipping hubs!

Submitted by SK in CV on November 29, 2012 - 1:33pm.

bearishgurl wrote:

barnaby, Amazon is obviously building its distribution centers in CA on the cheapest land they can get ... which makes sense (to hold their prices down). Any "beleaguered area" in the "armpit" of CA with 50%++ of distressed properties would be thrilled to have a new employer move in, offering the locals 750-1000 new jobs.

As it should be. If that's the deal they made with Jerry, then so be it. Imagine how much sales tax the (small) state of TN collects (from their own residents and a poss % of other states) with all those online distribution centers located within minutes from the one of the country's main UPS shipping hubs!

I'm a little confused by parts of this, so I'll just add the way it works and move on from there. An Amazon distribution center does generate sales tax revenue for the state in which it's located, to the extent that distribution center ships within the state. Products shipped out of state don't create sales tax revenue for the local state. So Tennessee doesn't get sales tax for stuff shipped from the local Amazon distribution center to another state.

But irrespective of that, Amazon has in place agreements with at least 8 states that it already charges sales tax for all deliveries within those states, regardless of where the products are shipped from. California and Tennessee among them. There's another handful of states it has agreements to do so in the future.

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