questionsso will pennsylvania sales go down now that…

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I live in PA and the only way I would not buy something is if I could get it cheaper elsewhere. I shop by total price.

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@lmensor: Total price is a factor for me but it's not the only factor.

1. Speed to deliver.
2. Past service record of merchant
3. WIll pay a little more to get it locally.
4. Will pay a little more to get from amazon.com versus someunknowncompany.com

What I don't appreciate is when companies inflate their shipping prices beyond what is reasonable. Then, to make it worse, if you want more than one of the items, they add more shipping. For example:

Company A sells widgets for $1.00 with $5 s/h per item. That's $6 per item.
Company B sells widgets for $6.00 with free s/h. That's still $6 per item.

I will buy from Company B instead of Company A just because I feel Company A is a scam. This is assuming Company B has a good history/rating.

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That probably remains to be seen. Amazon will be collecting from Californians too ... and to be honest, I don't think it'd really affect my purchasing habits from them. As it is, I pay sales when I purchase from Newegg or Monoprice ... what really matters is the overall total/value.

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Clothing, textbooks, and meds aren't taxed in PA. I'm sure there are a few more items as well.

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Anybody that knows how these things work will understand that it isn't Amazon's choice to charge tax and that they will have to pay it pretty much anywhere else they buy.
That being said I'm sure there are a few ignorant people out there that will think it's amazon trying to make a buck and complain. Personally I don't feel sorry for Penn, or any other states that have started this, since I live in Seattle and have been paying tax on Amazon from day one.

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@cengland0: I totally agree with your analysis, but I try to never pay shipping. I have to really want something to pay shipping unless there is a deal like woot's all day shipping. I ship to store a lot.

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Most of my packages are delivered to me at work in NYC, so I pay sales tax from Amazon and, I believe, Woot.

I can't remember a time when tax has dissuaded me from buying something online. I don't buy too many expensive items, so the tax has not been a dealbreaker.

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I wouldn't expect it to. Besides like it or not, the reality is that the free ride is over.

The tax laws in most state is that if you don't pay sales tax and if you have something shipped in w/o paying taxes, you're supposed to pay a "use tax."

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While I purchase quite a lot at Amazon it really depends on how badly I want/need the item(s) coupled with the total cost. I use Amazon Prime so I'm not concerned with shipping charges.

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2 weeks til Californians start paying sales tax too....

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I honestly don't foresee a big decrease in sales. We all will eventually pay sales tax on internet purchases. As for shipping, that's another story.