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  • This spring when the online retailer began collecting sales tax on purchases in all 45 states that have one.

    But while Amazon handles sales taxes on purchases from its own inventory of goods, it’s up to third-party merchants selling on its marketplace to tally and send in their own sales-tax payments — and most aren’t doing it.

    Now state lawmakers and tax regulators are going after the sellers in this last tax-free corner of Amazon.com, and lawsuits and legislation are entangling the company itself.

    Amazon Marketplace is an increasingly important part of Amazon’s retail empire, accounting for half of the company’s sales. The program has more than 2 million sellers and, Amazon says, has minted thousands of small-business success stories. The program has also generated unpaid tax bills that likely total billions of dollars a year.

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    Did you ever notice that? How many really stupid people you run into during the day? Goddam there's a lot of stupid bastards walking around. Carry a little pad and pencil with you. You'll wind up with thirty or forty names by the end of the day. Look at it this way: Think of how stupid the average person is and then realize that half of them are stupider than that. And it doesn't take you very long to spot one of them does it? Take you about eight seconds. You'll be listening to some guy...you say..."this guy is fucking stupid!" Then...then there are some people, their not stupid...their full of shit. Huh? That doesn't take very long to spot either, does it? Take you about the same amount of time. You'll be listening to some guy..and saying, "well, he's fairly intelligent......ahht, he's full of shit!" Then there are some people, their not stupid, their not full of shit...their fucking nuts!

    (c) GC

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  • Amazon started lowering prices on products sold by outside vendors by as much as 9% in recent weeks, ratcheting up a price war with other retailers ahead of the holidays.

    The company is also asking suppliers to sell more of their merchandise in bulk versions instead of single boxes, an effort to increase order sizes and make them more profitable.

  • When is Amazon Australia's launch date?

    At the event, Braeuniger confirmed that its retail and marketplace platform would be launching “really really soon”.

    How fast will Amazon goods be delivered?

    According to Koala Safe representatives who spoke at the event, Amazon is aiming at a two-day turnaround in freight delivery. On the other hand, Fairfax reports that marketplace sellers will initially be responsible for delivering products to consumers, which doesn't bode well.

    How many products will Amazon sell?

    In a previous announcement, Amazon stated it would be selling "hundreds of thousands of products" at launch. This seemed unusually high for a single warehouse.

    https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2017/11/amazons-australian-launch-new-details-revealed/

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  • The Amazon.com Inc. founder’s fortune is up $2.4 billion to $100.3 billion, as the online retailer’s shares jumped more than 2 percent on optimism for Black Friday sales.

  • Amazon Australia Progress

    Amazon marketplace started taking orders on Tuesday, it offers free shipping across Australia for orders over $50 AUD. All due Amazon set up one of its huge distribution centers just outside the city of Melbourne. Amazon planning to offer Prime service to Australian customers in mid-2018,

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    Stock for the top Australia department store operator Myer Holdings has decreased 30 percent.

  • Amazon UK

    I hopped in a white van to spend a day with one driver and experience first-hand the intolerable pressures they face from “impossible” schedules.

    Many routinely exceed the legal maximum shift of 11 hours and finish their days dead on their feet. Yet they have so little time for food or toilet stops they snatch hurried meals on the run and urinate into plastic bottles they keep in their vans. They say they often break speed limits to meet targets that take no account of delays such as ice, traffic jams or road closures.

    Hope capitalism death will be painful and fast.

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  • Amazon wants to do Youtube competitor.

    Amazon filed two trademarks requests with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for something dubbed "Amazontube," and another called "Opentube".

    I especially like Opentube name irony. Bezos still have good sense of humor.

  • Amazon going into ad business

    Ad industry sources also say Amazon is stepping up hiring for its advertising division, especially in the New York area.

    Most of the conversations are focusing on new ad opportunities on Amazon's e-commerce search and video products, sources say.

    The company is also looking to sell advertising beyond Amazon sites and products. For example, a source with knowledge about the situation says it is working with third-party mobile advertising companies such as Kargo to pair advertising on television and on mobile screens.

    Although Amazon doesn't break out revenues from its advertising business, eMarketer estimates Amazon was the fifth-largest digital advertiser in the U.S. in terms of revenue this year. Still, it makes up a little more than 2 percent of the market. It's leagues below industry leaders Google and Facebook, which take home more than 70 percent combined

  • Scary

    More than five billion items worldwide shipped with Prime in 2017, including free same-day, one-day, and two-day shipping.

  • The price of the monthly Prime membership for new members increased from $10.99 to $12.99 on January 19, 2018. The price of the discounted Prime Student monthly plan for new sign-ups increased from $5.49 to $6.49 on January 19, 2018.

    Existing monthly Prime and Prime Student members will pay the new price for renewals happening after February 18, 2018.

    Annual Prime members continue to pay $99. Annual Prime Student members continue to pay $49.

    Rumors are that Amazon will make around 4-5 months pause before hiking by 20-25% annual prices also. Such way they get more annual paying members.

  • I can already imagine VK's thoughts on this...

    Amazon now want to track every movement made by their warehouse employees.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/amazon-patents-wristbands-designed-steer-employees-movements-article-1.3792895

  • Now they can track how much time employees spend in the bathroom!

  • @CFreak

    They track everything.

    As human is not human for them. Just machine that have certain cost, as soon as they will have cheaper and more obedient machine (illegal immigrant) or robot - they will replace old one.

  • Cost of this was around $20 million for Amazon

  • http://www.businessinsider.com/how-whole-foods-uses-scorecards-to-punish-employees-2018-1

    I guess we're now at the punitive stage of capitalism. Sure, you can be replaced, but not before your entire dignified existence has been destroyed

  • Brutal life working in Amazon warehouse

    I spent five weeks at the firm’s newest warehouse in Tilbury, Essex, armed with a secret camera bought from Amazon’s own website.

    I found staff asleep on their feet, exhausted from toiling for up to 55 hours a week.

    Those who could not keep up with the punishing targets faced the sack – and some who buckled under the strain had to be attended to by ambulance crews.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/timed-toilet-breaks-impossible-targets-11587888

  • Amazon go after business delivery market

    Amazon.com Inc. is preparing to launch a delivery service for businesses, positioning it to directly compete with United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp.

    Dubbed “Shipping with Amazon,” or SWA, the new service will entail the tech giant picking up packages from businesses and shipping them to consumers. Amazon expects to roll out the new delivery service in Los Angeles in coming weeks with third-party merchants that sell goods via its website, according to the people. Amazon then aims to expand the service to more cities as soon as this year, some of the people say.

    Amazon is planning to undercut UPS and FedEx on pricing.

  • According to research Amazon got 89% of all online purchases made during late 2017 Holidays.

    For whole year it is 53% of all online sales in US. In 2018 it is expected to reach 60-62%.

  • Mode on advertising

    Amazon pledging to become an “ad platform leader” for advertisers that’s capable of “best-in-class service” and “strategic consultation,” according to several marketing and agency executives who have heard its pitch.

    Expected ads income rise is 40% in each of next 4-5 years, with simultaneous shrink of income for Google.