Breaking: Amazon’s New Baltimore Warehouse Not Worth It!

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Somebody contact Amazon quick and tell them Marylanders have changed their mind: we don’t want the online retail titan to open up a 1,000-employee distribution center in Southeast Baltimore after all. We just realized that with the company maintaining a physical presence in the state residents will have to start paying sales tax on all purchases!

And it won’t even matter if the items we purchase end up coming from the Seattle distribution center. We’ll still be taxed.

Who cares that the jobs pay 30 percent more than standard retail work, or that the sales tax revenue could generate $200 million for the state annually? The madness has to stop somewhere. 

Add that to the fact that on Tuesday morning, Amazon raised its Free Super Saver Shipping threshold to $35 — when it has been set at $25 since the dawn of man — and it paints the picture of a company that Maryland does NOT want to do business with.

Sure, I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for the user comments on the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer, but Amazon is wrong for Maryland!

 

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  1. Ha! You know, the really amusing part about the “but we’ll be taxed!” argument is that it requires everyone to admit that they’ve technically been breaking the tax law all these years by not submitting their quarterly tax payments for out-of-state internet purchases. so….. and really? quarterly? Amazon is smart here in that they know the tide is turning and they would have to charge tax anyway (because… quarterly? Really? we were supposed to do that?) so they might as well have a distribution center here.

  2. Really folks. The tax situation is just sitting out there waiting to happen. The inevitability of it is, well, so inevitable. Cheers for the 1,000 jobs and the robust salaries. In an imperfect world, this is pretty near perfect deal. Resume cheering.