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From Ted Dunning <>
Subject Re:
Date Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:13:44 GMT
On Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 11:27 AM, jan i <> wrote:

> On 13 October 2014 16:30, Pierre Smits <> wrote:
> > Rich,
> >
> > How about drop shipments directly from the publishing party, if they can
> > handle that? That way no inventory would be required.
> >
> > With OFBiz The ASF can take the ordersin (not only for books, but also
> > promotion stuff like t-shirts, banners, buttons, etc), accept the payment
> > (credit card, etc) and send the supply order to the party handling the
> drop
> > shipments.
> >
> Technically I am sure OFBiz can handle it, but how does this work with our
> non-profit status, I am not sure we can freely sell goods without paying
> taxes.

The ASF will absolutely have to pay taxes and the rules will vary for every
city in the US (not to mention every other jurisdiction in the world).

Expecting that Apache has the resources to actually run a full-scale
e-commerce business with reasonable tax and PCI compliance is absolutely
nuts (in my oh so very humble opinion based on having built 2 substantial
consumer businesses and been very involved in 2 major anti-fraud companies).

Volunteer staffing for any significant e-commerce effort is simply not

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