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View Diary: Online sales tax loophole to get final Senate vote, face House Republican delays (142 comments)

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  •  Forcing them to collect sales tax (0+ / 0-)

    will eat away at the online price advantage.

    •  They just add it to the bill (0+ / 0-)

      No cost involved.

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      by DRo on Mon May 06, 2013 at 02:27:38 PM PDT

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    •  It would... (1+ / 0-)
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      but they still can't compete will online prices.  Today I made a large purchase on a website and they did collect the tax for my state (New York) but the price was still $100 cheaper than buying in a brick and mortar.  And as an added convenience they provide free shipping on orders over a certain amount.

      •  They can beat online prices in many occasions (0+ / 0-)

        It's not as if internet purchases are inherently cheaper on all items. Often internet purchases are more expensive when you factor in shipping. Adding taxes, if you weren't paying them before will increase it further.

        •  It occasionally happens when a store... (0+ / 0-)

          is having some sort of sale but for the most part online prices are almost always cheaper.  Internet shopping also offers more choices and more convenience and a lot of websites nowadays offer free shipping.  Only on rare occasions do I go to a brick and mortar store if I need something in a hurry.

    •  No it won't (0+ / 0-)

      First of all, whether you pay taxes for online stuff depends on what site it is, what states they are located in and what state you live in.  Secondly, I doubt anyone is really calculating tax savings into the price - both online and in-store don't show you the taxes until you are checking out.

    •  Obviously peole consider price when shopping onlin (2+ / 0-)
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      but its not the only consideration.  I buy things online because I cannot find them in my local area.  Many people do that, or because they only option locally is Walmart.

      the notion that if people are buying online instead of Brick and Morter, only out of price consideration due to taxes is foolish.  What's going to happen 9 times out of 10 is that the customer will either pay the tax online and write it off, or they are going to not make the purchase because of the sale.  The idea that customers are going to go "oh crap I have to pay tax online now I'm gonna go drive down to my local Mom and Pop instead" is fantasy.

      This bill is about State gov raising revenue by taking more money from poor and middle class folks rather than increasing taxes on income.  That's all this is.  

      We have the elite, smart people on our side.

      by fearisthemindkiller on Mon May 06, 2013 at 02:29:24 PM PDT

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