Thursday, March 11, 2010

More on the Colorado-Amazon battle

No answers yet on what will happen with the Colorado sales tax bill that Amazon is protesting. However, there have been lots of articles on the subject in our local paper, some of them quite interesting.

For example, there is a fantastic editorial on Amazon's decision to fire Colorado-based affiliates, in which the author calls Amazon "evil." Amen!

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who don't agree, and it sounds like they are causing some trouble at the capital. I fervently hope the state legislature won't give in to these folks, who have been manipulated into doing Amazon's dirty work for them (when by all rights they should be spending their time finding alternative affiliate programs and getting their businesses back on track!). I really don't want Amazon to win this one — they need to be taken down a notch, in my opinion, and I'd really like to see my state be the one to do it!

I urge my fellow writers, readers, and bloggers to do something about this. Obviously we can't take down Amazon amongst ourselves, but we can give our money to hardworking local businesses and honest, reputable chains instead of Amazon!

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