ohmelovelo wrote:If not you and I, sdc100, who pays school tax? Who pays the teachers' salaries? Not paying sales tax on internet purchases is an idea whose time has long passed.
Er, I am not a Tea Partyer who is vehemently against taxes. I am public school educated and am very involved in education. What I am most against, as I've explicitly written, is 1) Woot not announcing the sudden change in policy; 2) Woot not showing the total price including tax when first ordering, even though they can easily do so since they have my zip code.
Many of us shop by price, and included in the final price is s/h and tax. If not paying sales tax for online purchases is "long passed," then sellers need to compensate to keep our business. As in lower prices. Woot does this by giving their Texas customers a special code ("taxsucks") which refunds the $5 s/h to offset the state sales tax. There is no reason why NYers and others who are taxed can't get a similar coupon.
The fact is, online commerce saves merchants A LOT of money over running a traditional store, or even phone purchases or mail order. They save on electricity, salaries, health insurance, meeting OSHA regulations (for office safety), real estate, data entry, etc. An online merchant can literally be one person, a computer and a cheap unlit, unheated warehouse on the outskirts of town. Heck, you don't even need a warehouse if items ship directly from manufacturers.