questionswill woot have to move?

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This question was already done to death when that article was first announced. Woot /= Amazon. No moving. On the other hand, it would be nice if it didn't CRASH every time I click on something this morning.

I'd find the earlier question, but I have no patience to do so.

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@shrdlu: You're right, I totally missed that earlier discussion.

But the NYT article talks about how states (and Texas in particular) are going after the time-honored sales tax dodge of using a subsidiary to own warehouses. As you note, Woot /= Amazon (I prefer !=) but it is a still a subsidiary.

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@heymo: First, and most important. The /= is time honored, and I've seen a lot of time, so I'm going with it.

Second, Woot was established as a wholly owned subsidiary, and ALREADY pays sales tax in TX. Amazon may or may not be using their warehouses to send out Amazon stuff (but I'm betting against it; Amazon customers wouldn't put up with those kinds of delays ;-}). Still, it affects Woot not at all.

On the other hand, it would be REALLY nice if, just once, there weren't errors. Also, I'm afraid to look at my reputation this morning (but I can see that it's not wonderful, since I can't play in the fields of black).

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Glad the server errors aren't just me. I was getting worried. I have to try two or three times to get to a page. I was taking my shiny new black triangle out for a spin before I lose it and it is taking forever to negotiate the site.

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@shrdlu: I've got my black triangle back, but I am getting errors, so many errors. It hardly seems worth trying. Something still isn't right. I'm not sure what it is. You should be ranked higher; my hint shouldn't still tell me to vote for Deals. It's hard to try to figure out what's off since we can't navigate around the site.

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If Amazon doesn't have to collect taxes in TX because of w00t, why then does w00t have to collect taxes in NY because of Amazon?

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Being from N. Texas, I can confirm that w00t has always collected sales tax on purchases in Texas :(, making this a complete non-issue for w00t. However, you bring up a point which I have wondered about myself which is that if a sub owned warehouse makes Amazon liable for collection of TX taxes, why not a sub owned business such as w00t? I think that $269M bill was only up through 2009 so perhaps the next suit will name the ownership of w00t as the reason.

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@thumperchick: The long and short of the discussion is tax laws are nuts. (And, perhaps, beyond all mortal ken.) =P