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News & Articles - Auction & Retail Online Selling - 2013

Current News - News and articles for retail and other online selling, such as auction and classified sales.

This website is for learning and sharing information about online selling. This is not a newsletter or news magazine, rather a source for how to find selling information and how to meet other online sellers. This page is a collection of links to news stories and articles from other sources that might be of interest to online sellers.

Current 2016 - For Archived Years: Archive 2012 -- Archive 2013 -- Archive 2014 -- Archive 2015

Due to the large volume of information, eBay Seller News and Amazon News are on separate pages.


Collecting Sales Tax (Laws can and do change, be sure to check official government sites for current info.)

SBA.gov - Collecting Sales Tax Online. Read: "When to Collect Sales Tax Online." Quote: If your business has a physical presence in a state, such as a store, office or warehouse, you must collect applicable state and local sales tax from your customers. If you do not have a presence in a particular state, you are not required to collect sales taxes.

Wikpedia - "Marketplace Fairness Act is proposed legislation pending in the United States Congress that would enable state governments to collect sales taxes and use taxes from remote retailers..." Be sure to scroll down on that page and view "Current Law".

Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 - Authorizes each member state under the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement (the multistate agreement for the administration and collection of sales and use taxes adopted on November 12, 2002) to require all sellers not qualifying for a small-seller exception (applicable to sellers with annual gross receipts in total U.S. remote sales not exceeding $1 million) to collect and remit sales and use taxes with respect to remote sales under provisions of the Agreement, but only if such Agreement includes minimum simplification requirements relating to the administration of the tax, audits, and streamlined filing. Defines "remote sale" as a sale of goods or services into a state in which the seller would not legally be required to pay, collect, or remit state or local sales and use taxes unless provided by this Act.

MarketPlaceFairness.org - Information Site.

Amazon - About Sales Tax on Items Sold by Amazon.com
Amazon - About Sales Tax on Items Sold by Sellers on Amazon.com

About.com - Do I Charge Sales Tax or Not? Origin-based and Destination-based Sales Tax Rules.

Sales Tax Institute - Sales Tax Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

New & Articles 2013
Internet Retailer - 10-07-13 - 65% of U.S. shoppers will browse online and buy in store over the holidays.
TechCrunch - 07-24-13 - Meet Helpouts, Google’s Secret Project That Turns Hangouts Into A Commerce Platform.
Internet Retailer - 05-22-13 - Stick with Pinterest
The up-and-coming social network is driving more traffic to retail web sites.
Internet Retailer - 04-25-13 - U.S. Senate sets a date to vote on an online sales tax bill
Internet Retailer - 04-25-13 - Online sales tax wins support in Congress
Wired - 03-20-13 - EBay Could Steal Amazon’s Most Important Customers (They Aren’t Who You Think)

Internet Retailer - 01-30-13 - Facebook on the go.
Facebook for the first time has more mobile daily users than desktop users.

Internet Retailer - 01-29-13 - Location matters when it comes to Facebook ads.
Wired - 01-14-13 - 2013 Could Be the Year eBay Takes on Amazon for Real

Internet Retailer - 01-02-13 - Mobile purchases come mainly from iPhones.
Apple devices account for 68.0% of sales to 31.4% for Android, Unbound Commerce says.

A few carryovers from 2012. For more see the Archived page. -- 2012

Meetup Groups

The Online Seller - 12-18-12 - Local Meetup eBay Groups: Meet eBay’s Meetup Manager
The Online Seller - 12-11-12 -
Local Meetup eBay Groups: How to Start One
The Online Seller - 12-04-12 - Local Meetup eBay Groups: Why Start One?

This is important to all online sellers.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear and rule on the right to resell foreign made items with copyright.

The Online Seller - 12-04-12 - eBay Textbook Copyright Case May Impact Online Sellers

The Online Seller - 10-30-12 - Supreme Court Hears Textbook Resale Case

eCommerceBytes - 10-29-12 - Supreme Court Weighs First-Sale Case Affecting eBay, Online Sellers

eCommerceBytes - 10-08-12 - Your Right to Sell on eBay Is in Jeopardy

MarketWatch - 10-4-12 - Your right to resell your own stuff is in peril. It could become illegal to resell your iPhone 4, car or family antiques.

Chronicle - 4-16-12 - Supreme Court Will Hear Case Over Foreign Textbooks Imported and Resold in U.S.

Washington College of Law - 6-12-12 - First Sale Doctrine – Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons

CaseLaw.FindLaw - United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. JOHN WILEY SONS INC v. KIRTSAENG

Another case sighting the same "first sale doctrine".
eCommerceBytes - 09-17-12 - eBay Sellers Sued by Amway Settle with the Company

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