"Our point of view at the time was that Main Street businesses are having to pay sales tax, and what good reasons are there to exempt others?" Roberts said. He added that since several large e-retailers were not particularly opposed to the tax, he didn't think it would be a problem.
"We think that up to a certain point people don't pay much attention to them," Roberts said of sales taxes. "Obviously if they reached a point of paint that people really noticed and paid attention to them, they obviously could have an impact."
If people are unlikely to turn their backs on e-retailers because of the tax, that means that, conversely, brick and mortar businesses are not likely to see big influxes of new customers because of the new law, Roberts said.
Roberts said the big winner might be the state.
"The fact that we may be getting more revenue without actually raising tax rates is certainly something we can use," he said.
The fiscal note attached to the legislation estimated that it would raise state revenues by $7 to $10 million per year.
Nationally, comScore is predicting more rapid growth in Internet sales on Cyber Monday and throughout the holiday season.
For the entire holiday season, defined as Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, they're predicting about $49 billion in sales, an increase of 15 percent over last year.
They're predicting a record $1.8 billion in sales on Cyber Monday, a 20 percent increase from 2012.
As big as that number sounds it pales in comparison to another big shopping day.
On Nov. 11, Alibaba, the largest online shopping company in China -- still just a single company -- sold $5.75 billion worth of e-commerce goods.Reach David Gutman at david.gut...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5119.