Posted by SL, a resident of the Portola Valley: other neighborhood, on Aug 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm
Amazon should absolutely collect and forward sales tax from its customers. I'm a heavy user of Amazon, but I don't see any logic in giving them (and their customers) a privileged pricing policy compared to storefronts.
Also, I chatted at length with a signature gatherer for Amazon's petition to have a referendum. He is a roving professional, paid $3.50 for each valid signature he collects, and he says there are thousands of paid signature gatherers across the state who are happy to sign you up.
I may choose to buy online, but I welcome the sales tax to support our communities.