questionsif the internet sales tax comes into being will…


It will be a function of price+shipping+tax+convenience as compared to buying local.

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I'm not upset about it at all. As of now 39% of my income goes to pay some form of the government. I figure an internet sales tax will account for another 1% of my annual income making it an even 40%. Makes it a lot easier for accounting purposes.


What are you talking about? Don't you file your "use tax" on all of the items you purchase out of state when you file your state taxes?

Not every state has sale taxes and I'm clearly joking here. I can't believe the states thought that people would even go through that much paperwork to be honest citizens. Huge burden.

I honestly forget about sales tax most of the time. Free shipping is a convenience that's hard to beat. It's very rare that prices only differ by 10% or less, though, if I'm making a buy online. I think the D.W crowd likely wait to buy a lot of things until there's a huge discount on them. So sales tax is nothing compared to the deal we're getting.


Not really. One reason I shop online is that I have minor mobility issues that make walking painful, so I'm unlikely to shift my shopping patterns because of sales tax being applied to online purchases.


Already pay sales tax at Amazon and Woot. If an item I need or want is at a good price (shipping and tax factored in) from a reputable seller online, all is good.


It depends on the situation for me, but I prefer going the route where the total price is the lowest possible which usually happens to tax and shipping free items on the internet.

If I could wait a week for my stuff, I'll go with something like eBay or directly from an online retailer store.

If I wanted something like in a couple days, I'll go with my Amazon Prime membership.. which I hardly use nowadays.

If I read the news correctly, Amazon is a very strong supporter of the "fair tax act". I'm assuming that they haven't been getting as much customers as they used to ever since they had to charge taxes.

In my opinion though, I would prefer to pay less tax (wouldn't everyone?) which actually encourages to buy more.

But I guess the state is looking for every way they can to get more tax dollars in, yet I hardly see anything done to actually solve the problems where I'm at.


Won't be a factor for me. I shop online because I don't want to have to go to 10 different physical stores fighting traffic and crowds trying to find the right item.


I generally only buy online from Amazon, so I'm paying tax on it about 90% of the time because I'm in the same state. Most of my digital purchases come from Google (music, apps and some movies) or Steam for games and, of course, Google and Valve are both headquartered in Washington too. I'm used to paying tax online.


@f00l: I'm in the same boat as you.

I think the only I only shop at two places that don't charge me tax (ebay and newegg). So, making me pay sales tax on all of my internet purchases isn't going to change my habits.

sales tax rant Washington state wants me to charge sales tax if I sell anything at a yard sale or swap meet. They also charge tax on purchasing a used car from a private owner (they make you pay when you go to register the vehicle). My son bought a used truck for $800 (it had problems and he was going to do the repairs) and the frickin' state wanted to make him pay tax on $4000 (blue book on the truck). We had to get repair estimates before they would let him register with the $800 sale price.


Nope. Sales tax is NOT the driver that people claim it to be, and this has already been proven with California. They should have checked with a third grader first, they could have told them that.

"An item at the store costs $150. The same item online costs $125, with shipping included in that price. Assume a tax rate of 10%, is the only reason people buy online because of the lack of sales tax?" Third grader: "Seriously?"


@stile99: I think it's less about discouraging online sales or encouraging brick and mortar sales and more about the states wanting to get a cut.


@hossdawg97: Absolutely, from the state perspective. But this whole fight was started with the B&M crying that it is unfair, and they are losing business because they have to pay taxes, but the online stores don't. If this were true then taxing online purchases would 'fix the problem', and people would go back to shopping at B&M stores.

I'm saying it is false, it has always been false, and IF it is a reason people are choosing online over offline, then it is one of many.

My answer to the question posed is still tax will not change purchasing behavior. This has already been proven. The reason for charging or not charging said tax doesn't change my answer. People are buying online for more reasons than just tax, and in fact all else being equal, there are plenty of people who would STILL order online, if the price were 100% the same, not one penny difference.


@stile99: "there are plenty of people who would STILL order online, if the price were 100% the same, not one penny difference."

Count me as one of those people. Especially on items that have to be bought at stores I can't stand, like pet food. I would rather pay a few extra bucks than have to go to the pet store and smell all the animal pee.


I live in NY, we're already taxed to death. Paying sales tax at the last 2 vendors on the internet who don't already charge it will not affect our buying habits.

Sales tax was never a motivator on where I purchase. The real reason I shop online over B&M stores?


I got an email from my local book store (who I love) urging me to support this bill. It prompted to do a little comparison. With 10% tax added for comparison, a book that I was going to buy would cost me about $28 locally +gas. The same book on-line with shipping ranged from $18 - $23. From Amazon $18 (Prime) would be on my doorstep when I got home from work the next day. This is faster than me going to the store because we have local Amazon warehouse. Tax is not the problem for local retailers; it is wholesale cost and volume. You can’t even count the cost of a building and employees as a factor any more. Amazon's million sq. ft. warehouses and hundreds of employees don’t come cheap.


@theoneill555: That is ridiculous! Taxes like that will cause people to stop buying and then the tax revenues go down. These politicians have no view of the bigger picture. Jump the river to Oregon would be my answer. That will show em.


No, I hate people! But I do love gatherings... ironic.


probably not, since most major online vendors also have a physical presence in her in the banana republic called California. I can say that my future BIG TICKET purchases will probably be bought at brick and mortar stores in Oregon where there is no sales tax.


Probably not. I already pay tax for online orders from BestBuy and Tiger Direct. Amazon and Newegg will usually beat their prices even if tax is added.