Fighting the Move Against eBusiness

By USDR. Less than one month ago, a grassroots group of online small businesses announced the launch of the eMainStreet Alliance, an organization established to oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) and protect small remote-selling businesses. They have grown rapidly to over 500 members. Today, 30 members are representing the group by travelling to Washington D.C. to meet with House Congressional representatives, where the MFA is currently under consideration. The Alliance asserts that the MFA unfairly burdens small businesses with high compliance costs and subjects them to overwhelming audit risk. Jeanne Savelle of explains, “The dubiously titled Marketplace Fairness Act will impose huge compliance costs on our businesses and make us vulnerable to expensive and time-consuming tax audits from 46 states, 6 territories, and over 500 Native American Tribal Nations. This will hurt our businesses and even put some of us out of business.” Members of the eMainStreet Alliance see themselves as David vs. Goliath and they attribute their rapid growth to the fact that the MFA is a serious threat to their businesses.  “We’re being unfairly targeted and our livelihoods and the livelihoods of our employees are at risk,” explains Justin Krauss of Garage Flooring LLC. “The triple threat of tax-hungry state legislatures, Big Retail led by Walmart, and opportunistic sales-tax software companies have joined forces in support of the MFA.  They will all profit off of our burden and we know if we don’t speak up we’re going to get crushed.” Corbin Glowacki from My Pilot Storeagrees, “This bill is written to help big business and supported by big business.  Small businesses don’t want it and the American people don’t want it.” Members of the eMainStreet Alliance are paying their own way to travel to Washington D.C. June 25-26. They’ll meet with members of Congress and hand-deliver a letter signed by over 350 eMainStreet Companies.  “We take pride in the fact that we are all volunteers and that we are all paying our own way,” says McKane Davis of “This is a true grassroots movement.  Unlike the astroturf campaigns funded by Big Retail, we don’t have a big company like Walmart orchestrating, organizing and funding the endeavor. We’re coming out of pocket to pay for our flights and hotel rooms and, honestly, this is a real sacrifice for many of us. We’re hoping it makes a difference and believe it will.” The group asserts that it is not at odds with physical retailers and considers them allies. “We want small mom and pop retailers and artisans to know that we stand with them,” said Terri S. Alpert, founder and CEO of Uno Alla Volta. “The MFA will not help small businesses. It will only make Walmart, and other mega-retailers stronger and it will deprive consumers of truly special, unique merchandise.”

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