If you are planning on selling bags, Please Read (Pending Supreme Court case)

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  1. Thanks for posting this.

    I just signed up for Ebay Main Steet.

    "We’d like to encourage you to consider joining eBay Main Street, a grassroots organization of eBay members taking action to promote smart government policy and protect the rights and interests of ecommerce sellers like you.

    Right now, eBay Main Street is working to protect an entrepreneurial eBay seller who will be at the center of a case in front of the US Supreme Court later this month. This eBay seller, a student putting himself through college by selling authentic books that he legally purchased, was challenged by a publisher clinging to an old business model that relies on restricting trade to geographic borders."

    http://www.ebaymainstreet.com/news-events/citizens-for-ownership-rights-collecting-petition-signatures?utm_campaign=recruiting&utm_source=ebay-us-newsletter&utm_medium=enewsletter
     
  2. serious stuff. petition signed
     
  3. I really don't think this is going to affect most people selling on ebay. This case refers to a student who bought International editions of books in another country and then sold them in the US. These books were never intended to be sold in the US. The publisher created this situation by overcharging students in the US for textbooks while making affordable copies for the rest of the world. The student is selling these items on the gray market. I think that if the Supreme Court does rule in favor of the publisher, they will note the distinction between items made overseas but intended to be sold in the US and those that were never intended to be sold in the US.

    In a related case, Coach attempted to stop resellers of their products and was slapped with a class action lawsuit.
    http://forum.purseblog.com/coach-shopping/coach-sued-for-actions-against-resellers-ban-letters-765548.html
    http://www.king5.com/news/local/Woman-threatened-with-a--2-million-lawsuit-for-selling-bags-on-EBay-115680179.html
     
  4. I don't think it will happen. More concerned with the sales tax thing.
     
  5. What this guy did was reselling. $1.2 million? That's a LOT of books. Even assuming a textbook was $100, that would mean he sold 12,000 books. That's not selling his own used items.
     
  6. It's a lot more than just putting himself through college. You can't run an operation that big out of a dorm room.