Column: Online retail is modern version of old concept

01/10/2010 | MarketWatch

Columnist John C. Dvorak argues that online retailing is taking the place of catalog sales, not bricks-and-mortar business. "Amazon.com Inc. of 2009 is the Sears, Roebuck of 1893," he writes. And like catalog and mail-order sales, online retailers are not required to collect sales taxes. "Don't be tricked into thinking online merchants have any more of a tax advantage than the direct-mail folks have had over the years. They don't," Dvorak writes.

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