Traditional retailers in Virginia say it's a question of fairness. They are continuing their fight for federal legislation that would require online businesses to collect sales tax on internet purchases.
Countryside Classics has been a popular presence in downtown Salem for more than 20 years.
The company has survived with a diverse selection of items that are hard to find in other stores, but like many other businesses that support the Marketplace Fairness Act, the owners believe their online competition has an unfair advantage.
"It needs to be fair for everybody," said Manager Josh May. "Small businesses are getting creamed here as it is with the economy, and you know people will come in our shop and they'll actually shop us and then go find it online and purchase the actual product. We have that all the time."
Opponents say requiring online retailers to collect sales tax from customers in every state, will place an unfair burden on small internet businesses, and make it harder for many to succeed.
The Marketplace Fairness Act could come up soon in the U.S. Senate, where it's part of the current budget debate. And it's currently in the House Judiciary Committee, now chaired by 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte.