Want to get away from all that? After eBay bought Shopping.com parent GSI Commerce
last year, as
, founder Michael Rubin launched a new outfit, Kynetic.com, pushing a set of infrastructure-based business models like Shoprunner, which is aggregating retailers against Amazon Prime through a membership plan.
Kynetic also runs RueLaLa, a members-only fashion site, and Fanatics, a fulfillment site for licensed sports merchandise.
As I was trying to say a week ago,
infrastructure is the new black.
Finally, if you think of Cyber Monday as just another way to avoid taxes -- sales tax in this case -- that window is closing. The coalition fighting to impose online sales taxes,
, includes the National Retail Federation, whose Shop.Org unit invented Cyber Monday.
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