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Subject: Re: Internet Sales Tax: Camel's nose? Date: 4/22/2013 11:23 PM
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So, what I THOUGHT I WOULD DO, was to switch to buying local, in the process supporting my community (making me feel all good about myself).

What I DID, was to scrutinize each purchase more carefully, and in the end ,I reduced the total amount that I purchased. I did not on average buy local, (though that's what I'd tell everyone else to do). I bought markedly less. That was probably good for me and my budget. But I'm pretty sure that's not what the state had in mind when they added the tax. And as to the local retailers, who were yelling the loudest? They lost anyway.


If you are not buying, then you did not really need it.

I have done the same thing for years. I check out what I want to buy first, then look at pricing from all sources. Online sales (i.e. extra discounts) can be significantly lower than retail prices. Adding in shipping, etc to a "normal" online price means I will sometimes buy locally and not worry about the sales tax. In 2008, got my HDDs from Best Buy retail stores because they had the same price as online. Now, for the 4TB HDDs, the online prices are much lower. I do the same type of analysis for a variety of things where such savings are possible--but the key point is total delivered price, and that means the price (difference) has to be high enough to justify buying online. I get some stuff from Amazon because of their $25+order = free shipping deal. So I got a $24.97 Dremel and added one bit ($3+) and got free shipping. Nobody local (Menards, Lowes, Home Depot) carried it (I checked). I got my counter-top dishwasher via eBay, for example. Nobody local had it in stock and the lead time was like 4-8 weeks (yet I had purchased the original one locally years before. They didn't stock that item any more but were a large distributor for a variety of major brands). People do NOT buy if they do not know it exists.
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