November 28, 2009 |
Website monitoring service InternetVista vigorously measured the uptime and response time of seven of the most popular Internet retail websites from Monday morning November 24 until midnight November 28, to see how the online outlets would cope with the Black Friday madness, traditionally one of the busiest shopping periods in the United States both on the Web as in meat space. InternetVista pinged Amazon.com , Apple.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Dell.com, Target.com, ToysRus.com and Walmart.com...
November 30, 2009 |
CORRECTION: This article incorrectly said that an estimated 195 million people visited shopping malls and online retailers from Nov. 26 through Nov. 29. The figure, from the National Retail Federation, is an estimate of the number of shopping trips, not the number of shoppers. More people joined in the post-Thanksgiving shopping bonanza this year, but they spent less money and hunted down bargains, according to an industry survey released Sunday. The National Retail Federation, a trade group, estimated that 195 million...
December 2, 2009 |
Traffic at online retailers rose 8 percent on Monday, the last gasp of the post-Thanksgiving shopping bonanza, according to an industry organization. The National Retail Federation had forecast that nearly 100 million people would shop online for what has become known as Cyber Monday. The trade association announced Tuesday that the increase in traffic was particularly strong from 5 p.m. to midnight, surging 19 percent in that period. About 700 retail sites offered special promotions on Cyber Monday, and many of the deals...
July 15, 2012 |
AN INCREASING number of states have passed laws that require customers to pay sales tax on Internet purchases. Although a 1992 Supreme Court ruling — Quill v. North Dakota — holds that companies without a "substantial nexus" (read: physical presence) in a given state don't have to pay taxes on purchases made there, that changes when corporations such as Amazon name local affiliates or set up physical distribution centers. Virginia voted this year to close the so-called " Amazon loophole ," which allows the online retailer...
April 30, 2013 |
Online retailers pitted against online retailers? Republicans and Democrats coming together on tax changes ? In what has become an unusual political dispute, legislation to allow state and local governments to collect sales tax on online transactions has rearranged some of the traditional battle lines in Washington. Called the Martketplace Fairness Act , the bill has found supporters and critics in both parties and split the oft-united retail community right down the middle.
December 11, 2011 |
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is on a mission to get Marylanders to shop the old-fashioned way: at brick and mortar stores where, unlike buying from out-of-state online retailers, they have to pay state sales tax. Franchot is swinging by malls throughout Maryland as part of his annual "Shop Maryland for the Holidays" campaign, urging residents to stay off the Internet when shopping because the state loses millions of dollars each year from...