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  • If this is a huge problem for you, maybe you need to stop shopping already.
  • I'm in Texas so i'm already paying taxes on Amazon. But it begs the question, exactly where are we doing business technically?
  • Taxes aren't going to make me want to suddenly get dressed, get in the car, drive through some traffic lights, hunt for a parking spot, shoulder my way into a store through the cold air, and then hope that they have it in stock, and in a location that makes sense.

    Internet wins
  • But is my ass really touching the taxes?
  • cryinoutloud: If this is a huge problem for you, maybe you need to stop shopping already.


    49 percent of Americans are on public assistance, but let's start judging people for whom this could present a problem, because obviously it stems from a spiritual defect or an allergy to shopping....

    /she knows what I mean
  • Girion47: Taxes aren't going to make me want to suddenly get dressed, get in the car, drive through some traffic lights, hunt for a parking spot, shoulder my way into a store through the cold air, and then hope that they have it in stock, and in a location that makes sense.

    Internet wins


    I predict a scheme to tax you for that convenience on top of sales tax. I'm serious.
  • Speaking from the small retailer side of things, I don't have a problem with this except that they want US to collect tax, track the tax rates for every single municipality we ship to, and I guess file some kind of tax form with each of those. I sell 50-100 items a month and it would be a huge pain in the ass. I can't even imagine being one of the higher volume sellers and having to do that.

    Depending on how involved it was, I'd probably lose at least two days a month to just doing the paperwork. This is assuming ebay didn't implement some tool to help us, because frankly I'd be shocked if they did. They won't even store sales data past 90 days.
  • Even if my state starts applying the same 6% sales tax to my Amazon purchases that I get at the mall, online is STILL better because the base price is so much lower, meaning 6% of it is lower too. Throw in the cost of gas and the fact that Prime means free shipping, and I fail to see the downside.
  • Oh goody, another tax thread on Fark.

    These always bring out the idiots in masses
  • Sales Tax? What is that? Is that that thing that Massholes complain about as they waste gas to avoid the $0.10 that they'd pay to the Commonwealth?

    /Someday I'm going to point out that 6.25% isn't that bad compared to some of the other states in the US.
    //Hell, my Ohio sales tax was higher thanks to what the counties add on.
  • NannyStatePark: I'm in Texas so i'm already paying taxes on Amazon. But it begs the question, exactly where are we doing business technically?



    I just tried to get around Lowe's sales tax online by buying form a store in Concord NH (no sales tax) but they charged me for sales tax according to my delivery address. NY! $11 diff on $150 purchase. 

    /so, same as if I went to the local store and picked it up.
  • Just another Heartland Weirdass: Girion47: Taxes aren't going to make me want to suddenly get dressed, get in the car, drive through some traffic lights, hunt for a parking spot, shoulder my way into a store through the cold air, and then hope that they have it in stock, and in a location that makes sense.

    Internet wins

    I predict a scheme to tax you for that convenience on top of sales tax. I'm serious.


    I remember one year I was renewing my car's registration and I was about to write the check when I noticed that $1 of the total was a check-cashing fee. Then I noticed you could pay it online. I got online and the total was the same. I looked at the breakdown- a $1 Internet convenience fee instead. Oh well, I saved the cost of the stamp. They will get their money somehow.
  • Not a problem. The site I buy from has been paying the taxes for the states people live in when they buy a product, since before the U.S. started slapping tax regulations on the internet. Any good business would get their heads out of their asses and plan ahead of time.
  • Just another Heartland Weirdass: Girion47: Taxes aren't going to make me want to suddenly get dressed, get in the car, drive through some traffic lights, hunt for a parking spot, shoulder my way into a store through the cold air, and then hope that they have it in stock, and in a location that makes sense.

    Internet wins

    I predict a scheme to tax you for that convenience on top of sales tax. I'm serious.


    Tax? Are you kidding? It's the companies that will wise up and start with the convenience charge, Think of all the profit they are missing!

    NannyStatePark: cryinoutloud: If this is a huge problem for you, maybe you need to stop shopping already.

    49 percent of Americans are on public assistance, but let's start judging people for whom this could present a problem, because obviously it stems from a spiritual defect or an allergy to shopping....

    /she knows what I mean


    If they are on public assistance then how many of them are buying big ticket items over the computer that they would have to worry about taxes?
  • The state needs more, damn it.
  • Oh goody, another tax thread on Fark.

    These always bring out the idiots in masses

    /you
  • Aar1012: Sales Tax? What is that? Is that that thing that Massholes complain about as they waste gas to avoid the $0.10 that they'd pay to the Commonwealth?

    /Someday I'm going to point out that 6.25% isn't that bad compared to some of the other states in the US.
    //Hell, my Ohio sales tax was higher thanks to what the counties add on.


    NH? You don't specify what state in your profile so I'm guessing, unless you mean you have 6.25.

    If it is NH, I have to say I wasn't really impressed with public facilities in that state; NY might have higher taxes but we have fairly decent public services too in most areas (excepting of course the one I live in darn it all).
  • They have to be kidding me. My state requires that local sales tax be collected during an on-line purchase if the company has any facilities in the state. If they don't the tax doesn't need to be collected, but the consumer is required to remit the sales tax to the state (no one does this). How long has it been this way? Oh for about 20 years now. Almost all stated do this.
  • NannyStatePark: I'm in Texas so i'm already paying taxes on Amazon. But it begs the question, exactly where are we doing business technically?

    China.
  • The thing that makes online shopping so cheap is I can instantly compare it to any number of other places, and get the best price. Not because I'm saving 7-8% on sales tax.
  • I find it amazing that the internet is so gung-ho about taxing the rich and hating people who tax evade etc.. But then it's something terrible that states are trying to tax online sales.
  • ladyfortuna: Speaking from the small retailer side of things, I don't have a problem with this except that they want US to collect tax, track the tax rates for every single municipality we ship to, and I guess file some kind of tax form with each of those. I sell 50-100 items a month and it would be a huge pain in the ass. I can't even imagine being one of the higher volume sellers and having to do that.

    Depending on how involved it was, I'd probably lose at least two days a month to just doing the paperwork. This is assuming ebay didn't implement some tool to help us, because frankly I'd be shocked if they did. They won't even store sales data past 90 days.


    I suspect that it will be offered as a feature for merchant accounts (via the credit card processor, not eBay itself). After all, if the billing info goes through there already it's not much more effort to keep a running tally of individual municipalities and submit a payment every month or quarter for each one.
  • ladyfortuna: Aar1012: Sales Tax? What is that? Is that that thing that Massholes complain about as they waste gas to avoid the $0.10 that they'd pay to the Commonwealth?

    /Someday I'm going to point out that 6.25% isn't that bad compared to some of the other states in the US.
    //Hell, my Ohio sales tax was higher thanks to what the counties add on.

    NH? You don't specify what state in your profile so I'm guessing, unless you mean you have 6.25.

    If it is NH, I have to say I wasn't really impressed with public facilities in that state; NY might have higher taxes but we have fairly decent public services too in most areas (excepting of course the one I live in darn it all).


    It is New Hampshire. I've actually been more impressed with our services compared to Mass. Our construction seems shorter and to hold up better.

    The tax dodgers just piss me off...especially since they do get tax free of food and a certain amount of clothes.
  • Maybe taxes wouldn't be such a horrid thing if we were all paid a living wage and those wages actually went up, allowing everybody to buy more stuff. Seems we're just splitting hairs when it comes to sales tax when the real issue is that stores are paying their employees less yet expecting those same employees to spend more each and every year.
  • FTFA: "Scott Mason, vice president of government affairs for Lowe's, the home improvement chain, "Lowes.com collects sales tax from shoppers in every state that has a sales tax and where the company operates stores and warehouses. "It's absolutely a position of disadvantage.""

    So does Amazon, asshole, and they always have.

    I shop at Amazon for the price, selection and convenience, irrespective of having to pay sales tax. When I want to buy two by fours, I go to Homer. Lowes is too expensive... ;^)
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