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Sears makes move on Amazon affiliates

By The Associated Press
March 6, 2011

Another competitor of Amazon.com Inc. is looking to take advantage of the retailer’s disputes over sales taxes.

Sears Holdings Corp. sent a letter to affiliate sellers of Amazon on Thursday, inviting them to join up with Sears instead. The move came after Amazon said it would stop working with its affiliate sellers in some states if those states force it to collect sales taxes.

The letter from Sears says Amazon is turning its back on its customers and trying to get an unfair competitive advantage by refusing to collect sales taxes. An Amazon spokeswoman declined to comment.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Barnes & Noble Inc. have sent similar letters to Amazon affiliates.