Put It On My Bill


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    • Chris Peterson says:

      According to one report on the new law, it wouldn’t apply unless a person is doing business as “principally” a dealer in collectibles.

      “UPDATE A legislative source who asked not to be named as he is not officially deputized with the job of explaining things to the media tells me today that in his opinion of both the intent and the precise language of the bill, the sort of book dealers complaining about this should stop worrying: that the law is both not intended to apply to them and by the letter of it would not be interpreted as such.

      The word he points to that he thinks absolves them? At 1739.7 (a) (4)(A) the definition of “Dealer” has an extra word than its definition in the text atop the bill, from which I directly quoted above, saying that a dealer “means a person who is principally in the business of selling or offering for sale collectibles.”

      With that word “principally,” this source believes that a book dealer who only sells a few, some, or at any rate a small percentage of his total sales, autographed items (which is what “collectibles” means in the letter of this law) is not apt to be considered to have to obey this law and its onerous paperwork requirements.
      And it most certainly excludes those who are doing the signing themselves, meaning that you can hold book signings yourself without repercussion.
      Buying a signed copy of anything has always been a buyer-beware transaction, unless you witness the signing; with or without a law.

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