In May 2018, Amazon threatened the Seattle City Council over an employee head tax proposal that would have funded houselessness services and low-income housing. The tax would have cost Amazon about $800 per employee, or 0.7% of their average salary. In retaliation, Amazon paused construction on a new building, threatened to limit further investment in the city, and funded a repeal campaign. Although originally passed, the measure was soon repealed after an expensive repeal campaign spearheaded by Amazon.
Many U.S. states in the 21st century have passed online shopping sales tax laws designed to compel Amazon.com and other e-commerce retailers to collect state and local sales taxes from its customers. Amazon.com originally collected sales tax only from five states as of 2011, but as of April 2017, Amazon collects sales taxes from customers in all 45 states that have a state sales tax and in Washington, D.C.
One of the least-known and best perks of Amazon is that you can use your leftover boxes to ship donations to local charities for free. Just go to GiveBackBox.com, click on the logo of the participating company you have a box sitting around from (like Amazon), type in your zip code and email address, and you'll get a prepaid shipping label emailed to you. After you've filled the leftover box with your donations, attach the label and schedule a UPS pickup. It won't cost you anything, and it's an easy and 'green' solution.
This week, Sony revealed a new miniature PlayStation, Nintendo launched its online service, a bundle of Apple products started shipping, and Amazon put its Kindles and other top devices on sale as it showed off a heap of new products. With the help of TechBargains, we've put together the best deals of the week so you can sift through the savings without hassle.
Found an item at a good price? Before you purchase, check promotional code sites like our own Clark Deals as a final step to see if you can save a little more, or maybe score some free shipping. (Tip: Read the comments under the codes to get additional saving tips from other shoppers — these can give you valuable clues to getting a better deal with that store or item). See Clark’s master list of Deal-a-Day websites and online coupon sites.
While Amazon has publicly opposed secret government surveillance, as revealed by Freedom of Information Act requests it has supplied facial recognition support to law enforcement in the form of the "Rekognition" technology and consulting services. Initial testing included the city of Orlando, Florida, and Washington County, Oregon. Amazon offered to connect Washington County with other Amazon government customers interested in Rekognition and a body camera manufacturer. These ventures are opposed by a coalition of civil rights groups with concern that they could lead to expansion of surveillance and be prone to abuse. Specifically, it could automate the identification and tracking of anyone, particularly in the context of potential police body camera integration. Due to the backlash, the city of Orlando has publicly stated it will no longer use the technology.
Amazon.com operates retail websites for Sears Canada, Bebe Stores, Marks & Spencer, Mothercare, and Lacoste. For a growing number of enterprise clients, including the UK merchants Marks & Spencer, Benefit Cosmetics' UK entity, edeals.com and Mothercare, Amazon provides a unified multichannel platform where a customer can interact with the retail website, standalone in-store terminals or phone-based customer service agents. Amazon Web Services also powers AOL's Shop@AOL.
October is almost over but the killer daily deals are just beginning. Highlights from today’s roundup include the best-selling SanDisk microSD card on Amazon’s whole site with 128GB capacity for just $23, a $15 discount on the most popular Instant Pot on the planet, Amazon’s top-selling fast wireless charging pad for only $15, rare discounts on Blink indoor home security cameras and Blink XT weatherproof cameras (both with 2-year battery life!), $45 for a box that instantly turns any normal wall outlet into a gigabit Ethernet port, $38 for a home security camera with features you won’t find on a $199 Nest Cam, a $36 pad that wirelessly charges three devices at once, discounts on all of Amazon’s new Fire tablets, and so much more. See all of today’s top deals below.
Although we expect to see some of the best deals over Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we know from last year that Amazon will be dropping decent deals for a much longer period than this. In 2017, the retailer launched its Deals of the Day scheme on 17th November – seven days before Black Friday – effectively stretching Amazon’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales period to a massive 10 days.
Audible.com is a seller and producer of spoken audio entertainment, information and educational programming on the Internet. Audible sells digital audiobooks, radio and TV programs and audio versions of magazines and newspapers. Through its production arm, Audible Studios, Audible has also become the world's largest producer of downloadable audiobooks. On January 31, 2008, Amazon announced it would buy Audible for about $300 million. The deal closed in March 2008 and Audible became a subsidiary of Amazon.
Instead of sending to your doorstep, you can pick an Amazon Locker in over 50 U.S. cities. Just go to 'Manage Address Book' in the settings section of your account, click 'Enter a new address,' and search for an Amazon Locker location using the search fields shown. You can search by address, zip code, landmark or Locker name. You can also add an Amazon Locker to your address book by scanning the QR code on the Locker screen itself.