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  •  How will this increase inequality? (3+ / 0-)
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    nextstep, Capt Crunch, TexasTom

    Quite the opposite, I'd say.  It's not the poor and working class who shop online, or even the middle class really.  It's people with discretionary income, credit they don't anticipate will be needed for living expenses, and a good way to receive deliveries.

    •  We in the rural hinterlands (5+ / 0-)

      tend to shop a lot online. There are a lot of people loving the ability to buy staple groceries with free delivery when they live far from town.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 05:33:05 PM PDT

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      •  You'll still get the free delivery. n/t (0+ / 0-)

        "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

        by Bush Bites on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 06:00:09 PM PDT

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      •  at least in PA (3+ / 0-)
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        Clem Yeobright, elfling, Odysseus

        groceries and clothing among other necessities are exempt from sales tax which is why I think the regressive nature of sales taxes are sometimes overblown.  That is the one part I worry might be botched in the implementation though they have been talking for years about simplifying the exemption list and lowering the rate.  Maybe this will be the impetus for that?

        I also wonder who you are buying groceries from that doesn't have an in-state presence anyway?

    •  That describes me. I have extra money (0+ / 0-)

      to spend it, and I enjoy spending it all over the web. The gratification is so instantaneous it is probably similar in some ways to heroin. You see a neat object in the real world, or hear of it. You go to amazon, pick your make and model and color and bam! you get it in like 48 hours. I bet though that there are a lot of poor people who also like ordering unnecessary things online but for whom this represents a threat as dangerous as heroin.

      •  Off topic, but the wish list and web bookmarks (1+ / 0-)
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        are pretty spiff tools for stopping impulse buys. You can put an item there so you won't forget you wanted it or where to get it, and then when you come back later, you can see if you still do or if it's now pointless.

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 11:19:19 PM PDT

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    •  Not true (0+ / 0-)

      we look to the cheapest sources we can find. Many times those sources  are on the internet. And many of those things are necessities.

      Don't project your purchasing habits onto other people.

    •  Are you kidding?? Every student and teacher I (0+ / 0-)

      know buys almost everything online.

      •  There's a reason for that. I've got 2 kids in (0+ / 0-)

        college and both of their school's bookstores are now linked to barnes and noble "college" -- one of them actually has to order online to buy/rent in bookstore -- walk ins aren't an option.
        In the state university town where I live there are several independent used bookstores and all charge more to rent/buy than amazon.
        The textbook market has been taken over by the Internet and prices have gone up -- now easily $800 a semester for used books for each or $600 to rent.

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