said by openbox9: said by Kearnstd:
This is in reality the "Drive mom&pop websites out of business act."
No, the reality is that states are beyond tired of their citizens skirting their laws and losing out on huge streams of revenue. There is nothing nefarious about requesting collection of sales tax at time of purchase, just as is done if you walk into a B&M store. What will happen is we'll see collection agencies pop up with legal armies that will offer these "mom and pop websites" tax collection/advisement services for a nominal fee. Life will move on, the Internet won't implode, and states will pull in more revenue so that they can continue with their spending sprees.
Some use online since the merchants in town sell all the same stuff or varieties thereof. You really cannot purchase some items. If merchants observe Wally world selling crap, they carry the same crap. No option to special order, or a connection to special order.
I won't support the town. I'll drive over to another and buy there.