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Initial post: Nov 12, 2012 10:47:31 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 12, 2012 11:10:21 AM PST
You may have noticed that Amazon is now taxing products being sent here in California. If you spend $3,000 for a professional caamera, for example, you will pay over $250 in sales tax alone. This is a reason, I believe that soon Amazon will stop selling high priced photo equipment, If you place your order with a dealer who has no presence in California, they will not collect sales tax... Like B & H Photo Video in New York City. Just a word to the wise. Especially when the purchase price is the same at both deallers, Amazon and the out of state dealer. Amazon NOW is RARELY the best place to buy anything if you live in California

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 11:10:09 AM PST
S. Owens says:
When it comes to total item cost a buyer should always pay attention. Sales Tax is just another one of those things you need to factor in to an item's total purchase cost.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 12:54:08 AM PST
JCUKNZ says:
$250 is peanuts ... think about the British with VAT at 20% or $600 on top of that $3000.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 7:30:54 AM PST
I don't know about California, but in NY you have to itemize it on your tax return if it's over $1,000, and pay the taxes then.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 10:33:16 AM PST
California implemented the "Use Tax" a few years ago -- but apparently feel not enough people are honest enough to list a value for "untaxed out-of-state purchases" (there was no limit -- you were supposed to provide the $$$ for all out-of-state untaxed items -- even a $7.99 paperback book).

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 12:35:47 AM PST
JCUKNZ says:
I don't know how it works in other countries but here in New Zealand we have 15% GST [Goods and Services Tax ] and very sensibly it was decided when introduced by Sir Roger Douglas that all retail purchases should be quoted with the tax included so there is none of the 'out of state' fiddle .... one of the hazards NZders have when travelling abroard is to find find out what taxes are payable and the rate which varies between states [ in the USA ] .... on nobody mentions the tax until the till writes up the increased amount. Of course if you are in business you can claim it back as a business expense, but I think the IRD have covered that is other ways :-)
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