November 3, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO -- Most Internet shoppers in California know that, since Sept. 15, Amazon.com and other e-merchants, have been required to collect sales taxes for online purchases. But, what many are just finding out is that Amazon and some competitors also are collecting California's 7.25% base rate plus any local government add-on sales taxes on combined "shipping and handling" charges. According to California's sales tax collection agency, the Board of Equalization, sales tax should be collected when a seller "makes a combined charge for 'shipping and handling' or 'postage and handling,' " if the invoice does not show the actual cost of the individual delivery.
September 4, 2012 |
A best-selling British author has been caught red-handed slamming others' books on Amazon while praising his own under a number of pseudonyms. It was the assiduous work of Jeremy Duns, another writer, that laid out a case demonstrating that prize-winning mystery writer R.J. Ellory had been writing the "sock puppet" reviews on Amazon. Ellory has admitted to using the sock puppetry -- pseudonymous handles to post positive Amazon reviews of his own books and one-star reviews of others'.
December 11, 2013 |
Just one week after Amazon announced its high-tech, albeit somewhat vague, plans for drone delivery , the online retail giant is beginning to face warlike competition. Amazon drones, meet Groupon catapults. The popular deals website Groupon posted a YouTube video Tuesday mocking all those other companies "that drone on" (get it?) about their "risky, experimental, new methods of package delivery. " (Watch the video above.) QUIZ: Who said it? Looking back to the slightly more low-tech past for innovative ideas, Groupon announced its plans for delivery by catapult.
February 13, 2013 |
Netflix, Amazon and other digital platforms may be new competition for traditional broadcast and cable networks, but they are also becoming valuable revenue sources as well. On Wednesday, CBS said it was selling more of its library to Amazon for use on its Prime Instant Video Service. This is the second deal this week between the two companies. On Monday, CBS sold rights to stream its upcoming Stephen King miniseries "Under the Dome" just days after episodes air on the network. Shows CBS owns that are headed to Prime Instant include the sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond" as well the Showtime dramas "The L Word" and "The United States of Tara.
February 20, 2013 |
Three independent bookstores have filed a class action suit against Amazon and the six major publishers, accusing them of creating a monopoly in e-book sales. The complaint, filed in New York on Feb. 15, focuses on digital rights management, known as DRM. The stores involved in the complaint are hardly the nation's largest. They are Fiction Addiction of Greenville, S.C., Albany N.Y.'s Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza and Posman Books , which has three locations in New York City.
April 28, 2013 |
In two previous posts, I discussed the Amazon pilots, a slate of proposed series by the cyberspace bookseller turned virtual moving-picture studio, now streaming online for viewer comment and ratings. (Thousands have already chimed in.) The first post was for background and context; the second looked at six projected children's shows. And now come the comedies, which number eight. One is a cartoon, one is puppet-animated. One is a musical. Basic- to premium-cable in tone, all come with warnings as to adult content.