The US proposal calls for this reporting to take place only when people sell more than several thousand dollars worth of merchandise in a year.
That came from the article. It is true that you do not have to report earnings of $600 or less from resale as well. The Government is cracking down on the peddlers who are powerselling goods and not reporting the thousands they make. The government is also fighting to tax online goods as well. If someone is buying a Wii to sell it on ebay for $200 profit they can do so, and the ethical card would come in if they KNEW that the person behind them was a parent who can't get their children the gift, but coming from experience every line ive stood in on thanksgivings and black friday's, I always here people asking if they could sell that on Ebay and make money. So giving up your spot in line or ticket may be giving it to a ebayer or reseller.
The word ethical in business is not black and white. Is it unethical for Wal-Mart to charge $700 for a bundled wii? If you were in their shoes would you do it?, and remember that the shareholders are breathing down your neck. Like another person stated, it's a capatilistic society. These people are working five times as hard as any of us, standing in the cold for 3 days straight just to make $200. Questioning how the person will use their purchase or how the person may be "stealing" the gift away from your family is pretty selfish to me.
Well said. Why don't we talk about how some of businesses got started in the first place? There is a need and someone fills it. If someone is willing to pay for a voucher then the person selling is providing a valid service to someone.
It all comes down to how willing you are to get what you want. If you want that Wii or laptop then get to the store early enough to get a voucher. Then the people who are selling vouchers won't affect you. People need to plan ahead and act accordingly.
Of course the government is going to call online sellers "black marketeers". However the government has no concrete number on how much any one seller profits/sells. The government doesn't know how much someone paid for the items they are selling. The IRS is just pissed that ebay is making all of this money and so sellers on ebay must be making thousands and not paying taxes on it. Sure there are sellers who don't pay taxes - however like I said before there are TONS of legit sellers being responsible business people and paying their taxes.