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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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  •  You do that much in sales? (0+ / 0-)

    It wouldn't be that hard to charge the sales tax if required, and it wouldn't change the price you charged for your goods.

    If you sold in a store you would charge sales tax, and people would expect to pay it. This isn't any different.

    •  Yes and no (1+ / 0-)
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      VClib

      If the final total is too expensive, customers will abandon a sale.  You can actually track what % of your customers abandon as sale after each step in a check out process -- each page where you have to click continue, you lose more and more sales.  What worries me is giving people another reason at the point of sale to abandon the purchase, and popping up an up charge like sales tax that is not expected, is a disincentive to make the final click to complete the sale.

      My experience with online customers is that most of them are very fickle, especially new customers who are looking for any and all reasons not to trust you before giving you their card info.

      And no I don't think that those folks are going to run off and buy the same thing from their local mom and pop.  I think the sale is just lost, or it goes to one of the Big Guys.

      We have the elite, smart people on our side.

      by fearisthemindkiller on Mon May 06, 2013 at 03:31:26 PM PDT

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      •  Display sales tax (1+ / 0-)
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        Dr Swig Mcjigger

        You should be able to display sales tax in the cart throughout the process if you have the customer's zip code already or do a regional lookup on their IP address and base the tax rate on that (with a little asterisk).

        +++ The law is a weapon used to bludgeon us peasants into submission. It is not to be applied to the monied elite.

        by cybersaur on Mon May 06, 2013 at 04:41:37 PM PDT

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