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Re: Amazon boycott

Amazon contracts deliver to companies like UPS, which do in fact 
pay taxes to operate. Fuel tax, vehicle registration fee, 
corporate tax, etc. Those costs are reflected in UPS's pricing to 
Amazon, which is reflected in the shipping fee you pay. There is 
no subsidy.

Stephen X. Flynn
Emerging Technologies Librarian
Andrews Library, College of Wooster
Wooster, OH 44691

On Aug 18, 2011, at 8:56 PM, John Buschman wrote:

> That Amazon contracts to have delivered items it sells means 
> that it does, in fact, use the infrastructure of any given 
> state to deliver the items.  I think as another post put it, to 
> simply jump to the level saying this is tantamount to a boycott 
> of the internet is a little polemical.  Not collecting taxes on 
> online sales is a direct benefit and subsidy to them.  The 
> items get delivered - whether by a truck to a store, or by 
> trucks to homes. The roads, the fuel, the emissions, the 
> sidewalks, the stoplights, police, and on all use the same 
> infrastructure, it is simply that Amazon enjoys an unfair tax 
> advantage.  I don't particularly like the side benefit to 
> Walmart that comes with this, but the playing fields (such as 
> they are) are tilted here.
> John Buschman